Now its time to choose a direction for a while.
You can always go back or change direction. The principle behind this idea is so that you don’t go off at a tangent before consolidating one style like suddenly deciding to do Copperplate before mastering any script and at the end of a long time you have not really progressed in any direction.
Look at lots of calligraphy and decide what really appeals to you and what you think is within your ability.
What appeals to you the most? Look at the best calligraphy work to help you decide.
Tim Noad’s beautiful Heraldry or Monica Dengo’s expressive work.
Consider Tom Perkin’s or Hazel Dolby’s drawn letters.
|Tim Noad – reproduced with permission|
|Monica Dengo – reproduced with permission|
Look at the St John Bible designed by Donald Jackson and Brody Neuenschwander’s work.
Look at the annual juried issue of Letter Arts Review.
Try to fit the work you see and like into one of the three categories below.
(I’m on dangerous ground here with all this labelling, but I really believe that its worth getting some strong foundations in a specific direction rather than becoming a workshop junkie going mindlessly from copperplate to rubber stamping to Brush Capitals and back. Once you have produced a really good portfolio in either Italic or Foundational,
go on…indulge yourself in some experimentation and fun-stuff.)
This may lead to Typographic design, letter carving, drawn and painted letters
equal emphasis on capital letters & minuscules
Formal brush lettering
I hope this helps! xxx At least it might help you evaluate differently.
The views expressed here are entirely my humble opinion* and I would welcome comments and debates.
*b.t.w., one of my daughters once told me that my opinion is never humble.