Typography and Iconography
40 Ways to Write I Love You
Learn Amazing Hand-lettering Techniques, Styles & Ideas
Paperback ISBN: 1781575231
For globe-trotting romancers and lovers of hand-lettering the world over, this is an activity book like no other. Expert letterer, Lana Hughes, has created 40 unique and beautiful designs of the heart-filling words 'I love you' but with one major difference - they are each written in a different language. The designs can be copied on the opposite page in the colour and medium of your choice, and if you need a little more help with technique, each 'I love you' is accompanied by a lesson in cool lettering style which can also be practiced in the book. Lana uses felt tips, marker pens and colored pencils to create her vivid designs, so there is something for all budding letterers - and romantics.
Seeing the Alphabet Differently
Hardcover ISBN: 0981960049
ABCing: Seeing the Alphabet Differently is a primer to seeing and understanding the visual world. From abstract to zeitgeist, the book uses the Latin alphabet to introduce ways of visualizing, thinking and talking about art and design. Each illustration is created using only the negative shapes of a given letter. It is not the actual letterforms from which these new perspectives take shape, but the spaces around them. The shapes are rotated and resized; they are not duplicated, mirrored or otherwise altered. Therefore the illustrations maintain their visual connection to the original letterform. The shapes are then composed as a visual translation of a given word's meaning, creating visual and conceptual connections between the letter, the word and the surrounding space. The result is a mixture of philosophy, poetry and art. The inspiration behind the book is to spur new and alternative approaches to how viewers look at an image, shifting the focus from the subject – the letter – to the surrounding space. While the words used to illustrate these visual translations have been chosen with designers in mind, ABCing not only provides seasoned designers with new ideas but it also serves as an excellent point of entry for students of all ages to learn how new perspectives can provide new meanings.
Anatomy of a Typeface
Paperback ISBN: 0879233338
To the layman, all printing types look the same. But for typographers, graphic artists, and others of that lunatic fringe who believe that the letters we look at daily (and take entirely for granted) are of profound importance, the question of how letters are formed, what shape they assume, and how they have evolved remains one of passionate concern. That exploration of letter forms, and their division and classification into "families" or generic groupings, is the heart of this comprehensive study. Written by an expert who has examined letters all his life, this monumental analysis of letter forms considers a broad and representative range of international typefaces. Lawson explores the vast territory of types, their development and uses, their antecedents and offspring, with precision, insight, and clarity. From Garamond to Bembo to the design and manufacture of sans-serif letters and newspaper types, this is the first full-scale investigation of typefaces since D. B. Updike's classic Printing Types was published in 1922.
The Art of Brush Lettering
A Stroke-by-Stroke Guide to the Practice & Techniques of Creative Lettering & Calligraphy
Paperback ISBN: 1631593552
Popular Instagram brush lettering artist Kelly Klapstein takes a simple, serene approach to teaching the art of creating beautiful letterforms with easy to use and richly colored brush pens. Kelly begins by guiding you through the tools you’ll be using, and the best ways to position pen, hand, and paper. Kelly demonstrates a range of basic strokes along with drill sheets for practice and improvement. In addition to providing detailed instructions and tracing guides for both lowercase and uppercase alphabets, Kelly gives tutorials on freestyle lettering, faux calligraphy, and special effects. Also included are lowercase and uppercase A to Z exemplars for both large and small brush pens. Drill sheets, tracing guides, worksheets, and exemplars are perforated for easy removal.
The Art of Chinese Calligraphy
The Essential Stroke-by-Stroke Guide to Making over 300 Beautiful Characters
Hardcover ISBN: 0785833757
Practice the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy with this step-by-step guide to rendering more than 300 individual characters for use in arts, crafts and design projects. With characters as beautifully decorative as they are meaningful, this elegant script can be used to embellish just about anything and a single character can convey myriad thoughts and emotions. Organized into sections embracing themes such as celebrations, blessings, love and meditations, you can easily select an appropriate character to express that special sentiment.
The Beginner's Guide to Chinese Calligraphy
An Introduction to Semi-cursive Script Xingshu
Paperback ISBN: 1602201390
Chinese calligraphy is a unique visual art form that can be appreciated regardless of having previous knowledge of Chinese characters. While modern Chinese calligraphy consists of five styles, this book focuses on the semi-cursive script, a practical style that emphasizes the transition and structure between strokes. The Beginner's Guide to Chinese Calligraphy Semi-cursive Script teaches how to write the practical and artistic semi-cursive script. Based on the style of Zhao Mengfu, a master of semi-cursive script, you will learn the distinct features of the script and what exemplifies the semi-cursive style. This guide, with step by step illustrations, reduces the difficulty for beginners to learn Chinese calligraphy and is truly a must for Chinese calligraphy amateurs.
The Bible of Illuminated Letters
A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy
Hardcover ISBN: 0764158201
The ancient art of illuminating manuscripts is currently attracting many new enthusiasts among artists, art students, and lovers of calligraphy. The Bible of Illuminated Letters is a volume theyÂ’ll all want to add to their collections. It presents step-by-step instructions for recreating twelve illuminated alphabets. Among them are Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque, Modern Revival, and seven more, including several modern scripts. Detailed diagrams instruct on creating upper- and lower-case letters, as well as on ways for designing borders and decorations. More ambitious students can also follow clear directions for gildingÂ—decorating with gold leafÂ—as was originally done in medieval European monasteries. Readers and students of illumination who open this book will find: a history of illumination; required tools, techniques, and materials for illuminating; instruction in layout and design; and steps to follow in order to create 12 alphabet styles. This beautiful book also features a picture gallery of outstanding historical and contemporary illuminated letters, as well as a glossary and index. More than 400 inspiring color illustrations in total.