Strong Lines 3: The Gentle Gothics

Alice Young, Calligrapher & Designer

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14 Videos (1h 12m)
    • Introduction

    • Context

    • Introduction to Worksheets

    • ABC

    • DEF

    • GHI

    • JKL

    • MNO

    • PQRS

    • TUV

    • WXYZ

    • Project Requirements

    • Spacing & Balance

    • End Notes


About This Class

In this class we will:

» Learn gothic letterforms

» Learn the basics of letter spacing

» Design a simple greeting card


In this class we'll look beyond the well-known, well-loved, dense and forceful blackletter, to learn a more gentle, sensitive version of gothic letterforms. 

With a focus on using the Pilot Parallel Pen, our goal is to create a special thank you card or birthday card using this appealing calligraphic hand. We'll look at introducing simplicity – in order to balance the ornate nature of these beautiful letterforms. 

This class is appropriate for students with some calligraphy experience. If you are a complete beginner, I suggest starting with my first class, Getting Comfortable with the Pilot Parallel Pen. Many of the strokes in this class were also taught in my second class, Colour & Curves with the Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen.

This class builds naturally on the first two classes. 

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength. 
– St. Francis de Sales

87 of 87 students recommendSee All

I love Alice Young's courses!! They are beautifully made, easy to follow and to practice with. And continue practicing with.
Nice and clear and good to keep returning to after a bit of practice and you've experienced some of the issues at first hand (eg, the extended tail on the R).
All 3 Strong Line courses are resourcefully elaborate. Hope to see more courses from Alice Young; The teaching methodology is simply effective.





Alice Young

Calligrapher & Designer

Alice is a GDC Certified Graphic Designer, with 20 years of experience in design and communications. She spent a decade working in the studios of multi-national ad agencies (Leo Burnett, Publicis, BBDO) in Toronto, Canada before moving to Canada’s west coast in 2000. She continues to work on local, national and international accounts, as a member of the team at Taiji Brand Group. Her specialties are typography and hand lettering. 

Her love of letterforms carries through to her practice as a calligrapher and her work spans a broad range of applications – from commercial (logos and wordmarks) to just-for-fun (greeting cards) – to exploratory fine art (asemic calligraphy on canvas).

Her calligraphic paintings on canvas have been exhibited and sold internationally. Along with fifty other international calligraphers, she recently participated in the International Exhibition of Calligraphy for 2015, held in Moscow, Russia at the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy.

Teaching on Skillshare allows her to reach around the world while staying at home and continuing to work with her reactive rescue dog, “The Mighty Quinn”.