Bring to class your original art for the script/calligraphy assignment. You can use pencil to lightly describe the skeleton of your letterforms but the actual formation of letters needs to be with pen or brush making the strokes, not filling in an outlined form. Pay attention to the position of the words on the page. It’s a rare phrase that will look best as horizontal lines of text dully placed in the center of the page.
Class will begin with a critique of the script/calligraphy assignment. After crit, we’ll look at how you can digitize your lettering and further modify it as vector forms in Adobe Illustrator.
The next assignment will be Storytime! You’ll design a book cover and interior spread for a collection of tales, your choice. It could be classical children’s Grimm Fairy Tales or modern absurdist (SU’s own!) George Saunders. Start thinking about what you’ll want to do.
Illustration and lettering by Elvis Swift
Due to my teaching obligations with the freshmen next week, we will have a shortened class. Come to Shaffer room 332 at 4 till 6pm. Bring with you sketches for your scriptcalligraphy assignment. Do test strips with your materials, your tools. your paper. Choose a word or phrase that is eloquently, smartly expressed by the style of your lettering. Purposefully choose a formal or informal style of lettering. You can design your word or phrase with thumbnails and penciled onto the board or paper, but make your mark in one fell swoop, using the tool to define the strokes.
For next week, draw the full alphabet for an Old Style or Transitional typeface. It doesn’t have to be Baskerville! Although it’s fine if it is. Here’s the font-drawing assignment sheet for this project. Hand it in at the start of class.
Bring to class next week an array of calligraphy drawing tools: brush markers, calligraphy pens, brushes, etc. Bring pads of paper too, both rough and smooth. If you have large newsprint pads, that would be great. If you have samples of calligraphic hand lettering you’d like to emulate, feel free to bring in samples. Let’s play.