In my recent online class,
I learned about the idea of drawing letters with a broad-edged nib, something I had never done before.
While it’s painstaking (especially when you first start out) to build up letters in this way,
I’ve come to realize, you can practice music for hours and hours
and never see any visible sign of the effort. However, with calligraphy and visual art,
there are the inevitable pages and pages of practice, trials and sketches that accumulate around the studio.
The great majority of this practice never sees the light of day and much of it might even be thrown away immediately.
I’m coming to the end of a 6-week intensive on-line course with Yves Leterme, a Belgian lettering artist,
working on writing Trajan capitals with the flat brush.
Pack My Box
I did this pangram a while ago with a flat brush, as practice for the foundational hand,
but also the flat brush itself, which I’m enjoying more and more.
Daily warmup – basic foundational hand in 2 colors hues of watercolor.
Lately, I’ve been having fun playing around with an automatic pen.
Compassion & Gratitude
This is an unused sheet of calligraphy that was originally done for the Words Create Worlds installation.
Another in the series of practice pages learning to use smaller nibs.
Here I’m using a Brause 1.5 mm broad edged nib writing foundational.
I had fun testing out watercolor masking fluid with flat brushes,
while under the influence of the 2018 Korean TV drama, Sketch,
which had really creative opening titles.