Thursday, January 24, 2013

Calligraphy Every Day 21: Glister

What do you get when you introduce the graceful double curve of the parenthesis to the severe letter shape of Gothic?  Answer: an alphabet like Glister, which is just one of the many variations on this hexagonal calligraphic standard you'll encounter during the year.    
Don't try this without a penciled center line!  You'll have to play with the letters a little to decide if you want the points of the white shape or the black strokes to line up horizontally.   
The parenthesis brackets always intrigued me when I was learning to read and write--not the (round) ones, nor the [square] ones, but the {double swoop}.  It only seems natural to try making letters out of them.



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