I had some free time this evening for a little bit of practice with a Condor nib.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I occasionally get to work on lettering for book and magazine covers. I enjoy this as I get to create elegant letterforms and they all start with very rough quick sketches. It has taken a lifetime to learn how to sketch in the practical manner of jotting down ideas. Everything gets refined in vector format and there is no need to spend hours on a sketch to exchange ideas with a client. This is one of the best forms of direct client communication in the daily business of lettering.
I'd love to teach people how to sketch if the opportunity ever happens. Wish had known 30 years ago what I know now about concept sketching.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
The TYPISM books are now available for order.
One of my lettering compositions was entered in the TYPISM show earlier this year. Having a digital lettering composition accepted in TYPISM international lettering exhibit and conference restored my confidence in digital lettering as a legitimate art form.
The TYPISM book is now available for purchase. The preliminary image on the website offers a view of beautiful lettering included in this years edition. Definitely worth ordering and adding to any collection of lettering books.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Earlier this year I created some beautiful lettering for Organic Valley. Unlike vector art from the start with every line and curve drawn to perfection the request for this project was to develop lettering with a hand drawn appearance. To accomplish the task I drew the lettering with a mechanical pencil on layout paper and many overlays. Just like the pre Mac days with french curves and ellipse templates in the drawing process. When the composition was finessed with a ball point pen to darken the pencil lines. The sketch was scanned, posterized and streamlined to vector paths for final print production.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
My koi had a rough go of it this year. They became ill from a parasite infection combined with early season cold damp weather. With the help of a biologist, a koi health expert, a veterinarian and someone very knowledgeable about water quality I brought them back from near death. They are now in the pond after being quarantined in a makeshift fish hospital on deck for the past couple months. A lot of plants did not survived the salt treatments in the pond.
What a season it has been. Everything finally is getting back to normal in the garden.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Concept sketching is where it all begins with a lettering treatment. There is no magic computer button to press that automatically generates concept sketches. Clients want to see ideas and quick little rough sketches I refer to as "quickies" are the first step. After client review a direction for final art will be chosen or more quickies will be requested. Eventually vector art will be produced for final.
No matter how long digital tools have been available there will always be individuals who believe if lettering is produced with digital methods the lettering will be total crap with no human input. Little do they realize the computer is not creating the lettering. It all starts with marks placed on a sheet of paper. There are no shortcuts in the process and no magical lettering software program exists. A pen and sheet of paper are the most valuable tools of the trade. Impossible to letter without them.