Tuesday, December 17, 2013

296 Bookhand for type

I've been trying out one of my favorite calligraphy alphabets with an eye to turning it into a type face. It's making me look really hard at its structure, proportions, and stroke endings and try to analyze things I've been doing by instinct.  Here's where I am currently, showing the 6th iteration .  

Specs: Letter body 5 1/2 pen widths high.  Speedball D nib, with line contrast of about 7 to 11.  Pen angle 35°.  Real size, 1 1/4" high.  I've marked with pencil the areas I need to look at more carefully, things that will need adjusting to make a unified style and fit the letters together.  
Preview of tomorrow's alphabet.  

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