Monday, October 21, 2013

Suzanne Moore's Workshop

I had the privilege of taking a workshop this past August with the amazingly talented artist Suzanne Moore (see her beautiful work here). She is one of the lettering artists who worked on the St. John's Bible with Donald Jackson.

The workshop was titled "Letters as Subject: Written, Drawn and Painted." She led us through a series of exercises that "helped develop and build on our own lettering and design skills, creating black and white variations...moving on to color renditions of letters, words and phrases." She was a fount of information on all sorts of different media, from gesso to graphite. The workshop was a treasure trove of new ideas and inspiration! If you ever get the opportunity to study with Suzanne, you will NOT be disappointed!

This small (8" x 8") piece was one of the exercises that used gesso, sumi ink, graphite, and oil pastels.

And this exercise was one that had us all tearing our hair out! Working with positive and negative space, we were to take one word—using a favorite lettering style—and make a sort of design/logo out of it. It was a mind-bender, to say the least! I loosely based my letterforms on some beautiful Uncial forms I saw in Issue 27:1 of Letter Arts Review. They were created by California artist Larry Thomas. My word was "ablaze."

Autumn Greetings!

Hello to anyone who's still following this blog! I am not very good at keeping up with my social media posts, but this still seems like the best way to stay connected to all my calligraphy and design friends. This, and my artist's page on Facebook. I have a few things to share, so if you're at all interested, please take a look at the next few posts. I've met some new "friends," too, and will share them with you as well. Enjoy!

This job was for CLM BBDO—an ad agency in France—who saw my lettering somewhere on the web and hired me to write this phrase for their client, FRANCE ADOT. The rendering into the wood-like look was done by an artist at CLM. 

The phrase doesn't translate well to English, and is based on some off-beat, quirky humor but it's loosely: "If you are taking a heart, that interests us. A kidney, too." It was for a Valentine's Day campaign.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Baby Name Gift for a Friend

Just finished this gift for a friend's baby. I used some caps that I learned in Yves Leterme's "Drawn Capitals and Modern Versals" workshop last year. Yves is a great teacher and I'm excited that he'll be coming back to Chicago in May, 2013. He will be teaching his "Gestural Writing" class, so if anyone is interested please go to this link here to find out more about it.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tea Towel Quote

This tea towel was recently done as a gift for a friend. The letters were inspired by Yves Leterme, during his "Drawn Capitals and Modern Versals" class in Chicago in May, 2012. I drew the letters—in the composition you see here—small, as an exercise in the class. And in December, enlarged the design and then re-drew them; transferred the skeletal forms to the tea towel; then hand-painted them with a flat brush.

I love this quote! I like to think that many problems in this world could be resolved if we could just sit down and discuss them over tea. :-)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Envelope Job Completed!

Envelopes done! The bride wanted a casual, Ralph Lauren-ish look to go with the d├ęcor of the location where the ceremony will be held. The facility is near the Indiana Dunes, hence the dune grass motif. The lettering was done in a dark, walnut ink script for the names; and a dark brown fine point marker for the address. Both the script and printing were done to match her invitations. And the dune grass was done in moss green gouache. Here is a finished sample.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Envelope Job

I don't do envelopes very often. Just for the occasional client who asks. These are in the first stage—dune grass added to each one. You can't tell from this pic, but the dune grass is a soft, moss green on off-white paper.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Winter Calligraphy Classes - Part 1

Here is a description of my upcoming introductory calligraphy class. For registration info please visit my website here to download the flyer.

Introduction to the “Art of Beautiful Writing”

Tuesdays, January 15–February 19
A: 10am–1pm  |  B: 6–9pm
6 weeks, 3 hours per week - adults (12 yrs. and up)
$135 (fee includes all materials)

Wednesdays, January 16–February 20
A: 10am–1pm  |  B: 3:30–5pm
6 weeks, 1.5 hours per week - students (9 yrs. and up)
$75 (fee includes all materials)

Registration deadline: January 8


Saturday, March 16
One-day workshop (adults)
$75 (fee includes all materials)

Registration deadline: March 4

This is like Calligraphy Appreciation 101! In this class, students will get an overview of the fascinating world of calligraphy, from historical manuscripts to the modern-day lettering arts. We will be inspired by different calligraphic hands found in the many works we’ll view, and then we’ll get to experiment with the tools that the masters’ used to create those works.

There will be plenty of demonstrations and one-on-one instruction. Students will get to try new tools, different hands, all sorts of beautiful papers, and various media. Our time together will be fun, informative and not at all threatening, and maybe even a bit messy!

Rather than producing a finished piece, students will come away with a variety of samples that will help them begin exploring ways to create new works on their own time. This is a great class to whet your appetite for the world of letters! And that world is going to blow your mind!

Winter Calligraphy Classes - Part 2

Here is a description of my upcoming Basic Italic class. For registration info please visit my website here to download the flyer.

Basic Italic

Thursdays, January 17–February 21
A: 10am–1pm  |  B: 6–9pm
6 weeks, 3 hours per week - adults (12 yrs. and up)
$120 (supply list given at registration)

Registration deadline: January 8

A hand that every calligrapher should have in their repertoire! We will begin by learning basic strokes and how they apply to the italic form, then putting those strokes together in a sequence that creates the letters.

From there we'll move into writing sentences, learning about proper letter and word spacing along the way. Many samples from various historic calligraphic masters will be shown throughout the class, as well as modern samples from some of the cutting-edge lettering artists out there today. The student will come away with a strong, working knowledge of the Italic form.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2013! 
Hope this finds you well and ready to explore a whole new year of artistic, creative opportunities!

Friday, November 30, 2012