Wednesday, January 26, 2005
This is a practice piece that I did in a calligraphy workshop this past weekend taught by Sharon Zeugin. The letters are sans serif Romans written with a Mitchell #6 nib using Winsor & Newton gold gouache (tube) with the tiniest drop of white gouache added to the mix. The paper is Canson Mi-Teintes, and the little drawing at the bottom is done with Prismacolor pencils. Roman capitals are notorious amongst calligraphers as probably the most difficult letters to execute properly. Once you are able to make each one reasonably well, the next hurdle is optical spacing. Most non-calligraphers don't appreciate how hard it is to learn to do these letters well because we've all been writing them since we were 5 years old. I've been actively studying calligraphy for about 20 years, including a number of Roman workshops with a variety of instructors, and I still feel like a novice when it comes to these letters.