I have just completed a month’s kourse (sic) on Creative Lettering at Sketchbook Skool taught by Andrea Joseph. It was enormous fun and I learned a lot of new skills, which I can now develop further through practice. Here is some of my work from the kourse.
Fitting words into complex shapes. I used the nutrients found in apples and pears to create the form of the fruit. The words near the base of the pear need to follow a deeper curve to better indicate the contours of the fruit.
Using stationary tools as stencils to create a word. Were I to repeat this exercise, I would find a way to write a lower case “e” for better rhythm.
Using different fonts to create a text. I was surprised how quickly I got the “feel” of a font. The quotation is from an article by Jeannette Winterson entitled “Books, the Universe and Everything” published in a now defunct journal ” Books and Company” (Summer 2000).
Fitting a word / words into a template. This was an initial attempt at using a ballpoint for hatching. I intend to work on this…
We tried our hand at graffiti. There are probably hundreds of graffiti fonts out there. I was not a fan of graffiti before the course but am much more appreciative of the skills involved now. I just wish graffiti writers would confine their skills to legitimate surfaces…
We played around with letter stencils, which can be manipulated to create more individual lettering. I will look for some larger letter stencils to explore this further.
We looked at some different ways to create outlines. Using a self-coloured outline creates a very clean line, as the black lettering below shows.
We used continuous writing to create an illustration. Were I to draw this again, I would draw the spaghetti a little more fluidy / “loopily”.
And we used continuous / one line writing to create a text.
I also had a page in my sketchbook on which I had used up some old paint and I used this for a ground for continuous writing. This was my first attempt and the letters were not of a consistent size at first. The quotations come from Eliot’s Four Quartets which I was re-reading at the time.