THOUGHTFUL GESTURES - a safe guide to gestural writing
I'm currently working on an online class that will take the student step-by-step from a formal Italic script to a gestural writing style of that same hand. The course is basically an adaptation of one of my most popular live classes that I've taught for years in many places all over the world.
However, I took the opportunity to rethink the approach, find different ways of explaining, come up with better exercises, create new samples... In fact, no effort is spared in order to present the complex topic in the most accessible way I can think of. Like with the Trajan online class, it's my aim to build a class that appeals to an advanced student as well as to an intermediate one. Even a beginner who's willing to put the time and energy in can come a long way.
The class will take 6 weeks. Each week, I present a few videos for the students to watch and I give them clear assignments as homework that they can post on the forum for critique.
Here are a few things that will be treated in the course:
- setting up (supplies, how to practice...)
- going letter by letter over a basic Italic hand
- regular spacing
- a good number of lively variations on Italic without writing faster
- stretching and compressing letterforms and joins, bouncing letters
- gestural exercises
- gestural variations on letters
- searching for harmony and contrast
- changes in rhythm, slope, weight, size etc...
- inventing new scripts
We'll learn the principles of gestural writing with a Speedball nib, but as a bonus you'll get to see demos with a pointed brush and the EZA-pen.
The class will run in Sept-Oct 2019. Let me know if you want to be sent a reminder when registration opens - send me a mail or sign up to my Newsletter.