IAMPETH: Day 3Posted: August 9, 2012
Today’s class was the class that I was most looking forward to attending at this years conference. “Free Your Hand with the Pointed Pen” taught by a creative Italian calligrapher, Barbara Calzolari.
Barbara is a phenomenal artist. Her background is in fashion. So, she approaches a lot of her examples from that point of view. Today while describing a shape that we were working on, she described it as a woman: “small on the top and big on the bottom.”
Today was mentally exhausting as I learned, worked and reworked a new lettering style. Though I have worked on very similar lettering in the past, I am looking forward to offering this new style permanently. (I’ll let you know when I do!)
In a very free and spunky style, it is imperative that the lettering has a good foundation and backbone: a proper understanding of calligraphic shapes and movements. Without an understanding of the rules, we wont know how and when to break them and letters will look sloppy.
Barbara teaching us the right way to draw a line for this lettering. A common misconception is that calligraphy is hand writing, when it is in fact drawing. You draw shape after shape. And when drawn correctly, the consistency in the shapes creates beauty. Or, once you learn the rules, you can learn how to break them to create letters that are stunningly playful.
(Getting the elements of this line was was one the most challenging aspects of the seven hour lecture.)
Since calligraphy is done by hand, there is a chance that the nib will catch on the fibers of the paper and flick ink everywhere. This is one of the reasons that you provide your calligrapher with 15-20% extra envelopes. 🙂