Saturday, January 19, 2013

Calligraphy Every Day 17: Gothic Highlight

 Most broad-edged letter styles can be written with a split pen and then filled in with your choice of colors.  Gothic Highlight here is inked in with black up to a little over the middle, with the rest left white, evoking the natural light and shadow of a solid object. This technique is centuries old, and was a favorite with Fraktur artists. It's even easier if you use a pen to fill the strokes, rather than a brush. 
Keep in mind that the letters here are displayed almost three times larger than their original height of 1/4 inch, magnifying some of their little irregularities and glitches.
Actual size.

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