Really glad to have these warm-up exercises to use in the future. Kind of silly that I warm up for sports, but didn't consider it for calligraphy. Finding a rhythm is key for me. I need to work on consistency of the shapes and the spaces between.
These pairs make for good warm up too. Especially o-n. I learned that I'm picking up my pen at the wrong time (on the thins). Should be picking it up within the thicks to provide more forgiveness. Also, really important to give myself a large workspace so that I can get my whole arm on the table. When I rest my forearm and elbow, I am much more steady than if I'm just resting my wrist.
Inspired to make my connectors straight. Learned that my downstrokes should line up with the guides. Even with guides, still struggling to keep consistent slant. I found a more upright version to be easier, and I like the look of it. Like when my lowercase t includes a little descender, and when my lowercase t, d, and p don't include loops.
Day 4 - Creative Free Day
Inspired by an instagram post, I decided to make handmade ornaments for family. Were it not for this class, I wouldn't have had the confidence to take this project on. Learned that paint pens are tough if you want to go back over or thicken existing lines. Now I'm inspired to use a paintbrush and/or learn how sign painters use paint and brushes. Anyone know of any classes for lettering with a paint brush?
Day 5 (no photo)
I definitely lack confidence in my CAPITAL LETTERS because I don't use then as frequently. In face, I constantly refer back to guides on how to construct certain capitals. I wasn't thrilled with many of the “default” capitals I had been using, so I looked through a great book, Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe, and got a bunch of good ideas for capitals. I found that I prefer capitals like B, P, R, D where the upper bowl does not touch the vertical stroke. The open airiness feels simple and modern.
This exercise was hard for me. I feel like most of mine look alike. I need to push the level of expressive mood further. Trying new tools is important, but many feel so awkward.
As a modernist, I prefer to keep flourishing to a minimum. Maybe because it's awkward and challenging for me. I seem to be able to create the shapes, but linking them to ascenders and descenders, or using flourishes to enhance words or phrases is tough. Is the idea to simply fill the negative space?
8 Free Day
Not loving this. While I'm trying to be more loose, maintaining a consistent baseline would have helped this composition. The flourishes look forced. Tried a new curley-Q D and Q, and an X I saw somewhere.
This was a great exercise with lots of good tips. Like “o”s and “n”s are a great way to quickly test a new style without having to complete the entire alphabet. Trying the various features was really useful. I found that I really like the look of open letterspacing. I also like when using two lowercase “l”s in a row, I prefer to include a loop at the bottom of the first one, and add a little descender to the second one, so they aren't so matchy-matchy. I know I'm really “in the zone/flow” when I start forgetting words or misspelling simple words because I'm so focused on the letterforms and how they link up.
This was definitely challenging. The one where you change the angle of your page, and put pressure (thick lines) on the horizontals instead of the verticals seemed futile until a couple days later, I say this beautiful hand painted truck sign (see BIG RIG below) in my neighborhood with the emphasis on the horizontals. It totally works. Lettering inspiration is everywhere if we are open to it. Thanks Bryn for a great class and opening me up to inspiration everywhere.