So I got this ZIG Clean Color brush pen from my dealer, with a note wishing me happy holidays and inviting me to "enjoy this free gift". This is a good thing, right? So why does it feel like they're just hoping to engender a new dependency on a new
drug writing tool?
It's an interesting brush pen, very brush-y rather than pen-like.
Some days my letters run the gamut from A to ... um, A.
Continue reading "Daily ABCs … sort of"
Yesterday I finished the testing binding for our local guild's collaborative book. It had been awhile since I cased in a book. It's rather amazing how much I forget between bindings ... and also how much I remember of the tiny details. Unfortunately, often the details I remember are the same ones I've forgotten until just after that detail is executed.
And here is one of this morning's daily ABCs.
Trying to improve on one of the daily lettering pieces I did on Sunday. You can't step in the same river twice, and often diverting the flow has unintended consequences. Even though I didn't like Sunday's E while I making it, that Sunday E is much better than today's. Sunday's H was cramped, probably because I was conscious that I was getting to the right edge of the paper; this one is a better shape but not a better line. In general, the lines are much better on Sunday's sheet. Only now as I look at the photo of today's work do I see that I skipped the down stroke of the T. Or, to be more accurate, made it do double duty as the first stroke of the U. I was thinking ahead to the V, which was not good on Sunday's sheet -- way too narrow, for one think. Today's is still narrow, but I don't mind it as much because I haven't allowed the W to encroach. Much better X on Sunday's sheet. I could go on, but here's another page from today's daily lettering:
I have a love-hate relationship with loops in letters. I generally hate mine, I often hate loops made by other people, but I love loops made by a few wonderful calligraphers who really know how to swing it. I though that I might use loops to generate a certain texture — I'm back to reading Burgert's Calligraphic Line again.
Even though I've been on the road for a week, I still found time to do some daily lettering. This gestural stuff is simply addicting.
Someone stop me. No, not really. Well, maybe.
I've now done several alphabets in Z-to-A order. The third image is one of those. It is about focus to some extent. I find it easier to be more even* when I work up, and it's interesting how the questions of space change when I'm going in the opposite direction.
*By "even", I mean that my focus and tempo and looseness tend stay more constant throughout. This third image is a poor example of that, but as a rule, this evenness is more pronounced when I start at the end.
As always, click on the images for a closer look.