Greek Uncial Alphabet

1.   First due: September 23rd


I'm Stefania, an Italian girl in love with greek alphabet (and a greek boy, also!)!

I'm studying broad pen calligraphy, so for this project I thought that my letters could be inspired by one of the first examples of greek uncial, which I tried to recreate with my pilot parallel pen (without caring about being too precise).


After that, I scanned my letters, chose the best version for each of them, vectorized them and scale them up in order to make them fill an A3 size sheet.

Once printed, I used tracing paper to transfer them onto the watercolor paper.

Et voilà, first due is delivered:


Can't wait to use the colors!




2.   Second due: September 25th

Hi again! How many beautiful projects I saw!!! Watercolors are just too beautiful!!!

Here are my coloured letters (too sad they are so few! :P )


Now, the scanning part was horrible! I mean, my scanned letters seem sick. I know this is quite normal and you have to adjust them with a retouching software, but still...!

Anyway, I moved to photoshop and began to just move the mouse to transform the image in a more like-my-original one. I have to say I didn't succeed: my letters are still very different from the originals and visibly post-processed, but at least not moribund!



Well, now that the letters are colored, I think the funniest part of the project has gone! ...So, I don't know about you, but I'm already thinking of painting others! :D




3.   Third due: September 30th

Hi Amarilys! Hi classmates!

I found that vectorizing my letters wasn't difficult, even if I had a 'problem', let's say, with illustrator because it didn't select all of the white forms, so I wasted a lot of time trying to select them with the 'similar' option but in the end I had to do it clicking on each white area. I don't know why it happened, since I tried to do the actions described by Amarilys with another file and it worked. Do anyone know what could be the reason?

...Anyway, these are my final vectorialized letters:






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...Spin off of my original project!

Since I began the project I had three ideas in mind of what to write, but then I decided to develop the one that I thought that could have the best application on a physical item.

Despite this, today I wrote and played with one of the ideas that I discarded, just because I like too much the forms of the letters of that word and for the colors that I wanted to use!

I reeeeeeeeeeally enjoyed doing this and I am happy also with the final result.

In my choises on how to color I was influenced by the project of another student, Gayle M., which erased some small amount of color from her letters. I did something a bit different: I applied masking fluid before using the watercolors.

So this is the photoshopped result:


And this is the final piece (as you can imagine ψαρι [psari] means fish!):


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4.   Fourth due: October 5ft

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...One more spin off before finishing the actual project

The third idea I had for this project was to write a quote from the ancient greek culture.

At some point my boyfriend came up with this sentence which meaning I like very much: "ουδεν κακον αμιγες καλου". It says that you will never find a negative thing that doesn't involve something positive in it.

So, to achieve the final design for this sentence I played a looooot with photoshop! I have to admit I had too much fun!!!

I'm not sure if I'm totally satisfied with this, anyway this is one of the variations I saved:


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...Let's finally come back to my actual project!!!!

...So... The thing I decided to develop as a proper project was something that could be written on a mug. I thought of many sentences like good mornings and good wishes... But then I remembered of the saying that is used here in Greece for the English "Bottoms Up": it is "ασπρο πατο" [aspro pato, which literally translates to white bottom, an invite/challenge to empty your cup, so that the bottom becomes 'white'].

To me it seemed very funny to write it on a mug because you usually would use this saying for drinks (I mean, alcoholic drinks), but when I explained the idea to my boyfriend it didn't seem that funny to him.


...Anyway... He also told me that when he was a child he used to say this to challenge his sister to finish their milk... So ok, I decided it would have been totally perfect for my mug and also this habit of theirs suggested me to complete the illustration with messy drops going in every direction.

So here is FINALLY my final project:


And this is how it would appear on a mug (thanks to Esther Van der Drift suggestions now I have a profile on society 6)


Bottom line: thank you so much Amarilys for this class that I couldn't expect to enjoy so much and thanks to all the class mates for the inspiration, suggestions and support! Doing my homework has never been so gratifying!


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