The rich designs and figure-ground qualities of 19th-century American wood types are beautifully displayed in this collection of 100 fonts, many reproduced at actual size. Each font is represented by a complete alphabet of capitals, while many include lowercase letters, as well as numerals and punctuation marks, along with useful and decorative motifs from wood blocks. The fonts have been selected from Rob Roy Kelly's extensive personal collection of wood type alphabets.
The alphabets are arranged according to type style. Plates 1-11 are Roman and include variations of Roman style. These are bold, straightforward alphabets, with serifs and graduated thick and thin strokes. Plates 12-65 are Antique, the most popular 19th-century letter form. These alphabets have highly decorative serifs with cut-outs, circles, angles, rectangles, and design variations. Plates 66-100 are Gothic―the most modern specimens, being sans serif. These fonts were mainly used on posters and were the springboard for 20th-century typographic designs. The more than 100 alphabets in this book are a storehouse for graphic designers, typographers, printers, bibliophiles, and collectors of wood type. They can be used for posters, signs, handbills, stationery, book designs, magazine covers, packaging, craftwork, logos, and any other art or advertising project.
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.
Instagram brush lettering artist Kelly Klapstein (@kellycreates) 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.
She goes on to demonstrate a range of basic strokes and drills, detailed tutorials for both lowercase and uppercase alphabets, and lessons on freestyle lettering, faux calligraphy, and a variety of special effects.
Also included for practice and improvement are exemplars for tracing and worksheets for basic strokes and drills, lowercase and uppercase letters, punctuation, and numerals for both large and small brush pens, so you'll never have to look far to find the best examples to practice from.
In a world saturated by computer-generated fonts, more and more artists and crafters are turning to the organic art of hand lettering. The Art of Calligraphy & Lettering offers a broad scope of instruction, starting with basic calligraphic alphabets and moving to unique modern characters. Creative step-by-step demonstrations introduce readers to illumination and word painting while inspirational projects teach beginners how to incorporate their new skills into a variety of crafts. From adding decorative flourishes to guilding, this book covers it all
Calligraphy is a defining feature of Chinese culture, both a means of communication and a revered form of art. It has changed more dramatically during the half century since Mao Zedong established the People's Republic in 1949 than over the preceding fifteen hundred years. At first the traditional art of calligraphy was transformed into an instrument of political power and protest, wielded on an unprecedented scale. Over the past three decades it has emerged as a more visually exciting modern genre, one that offers fascinating insights into the people of modern China.For The Art of Calligraphy in Modern China, Gordon S. Barrass interviewed many prominent calligraphers. He focuses on twenty-five individuals who have been key figures in this process and who exemplify its main trends, from the grand tradition to the avant-garde. Lavishly illustrated, this sumptuous book charts the development of these calligraphers and makes their distinctive voices accessible to Western readers for the first time.
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.
From Arabic and Japanese to Hebrew, Javanese and Cherokee, explore 26 unique scripts and alphabets with Lonely Planet - and learn to write local proverbs with our calligraphy tutorials.
For each script you'll discover its history and roots, how and where it flourished, and gain insight into other people, places, cultures and traditions throughout the world. We'll then tell you how to use the script and the easiest handwriting techniques to make it look authentic.
Accompanying each script is local proverb and a calligraphy tutorial with a blank page so you can easily recreate the sentence in your own hand.
- Arabic - from Africa and the Middle East
- Vai - from Sierra Leone and Liberia
- Hangul - from Korea
- Hanunoo - from the Philippines
- Tamil and Sinhalese - from Sri Lanka
- Cyrillic - from Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine
- Tifinagh - from north Africa
- Hebrew and Syriac - from the Middle East
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Over the past quarter century, calligraphy and the lettering arts have enjoyed a renaissance all across America. As the century closes, it seems both appropriate and timely for Godine to join forces with the Society of Scribes (who will be marking their twenty-fifth anniversary) and the AIGA to assemble, exhibit, and illustrate the work of the calligraphers who have made major contributions to the field and whose work, in the opinion of their peers, is consistently outstanding. Here, then, is a book presenting a century of scribes, representing 140 examples of their best work, and displaying the taste, variety and vitality of the lettering arts in this country over the past century. The greats are all here, from Arnold Bank, John Howard Benson, and W. A. Dwiggins to Alexander Zanetti and Hermann Zapt (whose influence is so pervasive and whose American contacts so legion that it would have been criminal to omit him). Between are examples with 96 specimens illustrated in full color and 47 in black and white, of the very best this country has produced.