Here is one of my samples from the class. This was done with the 3/8" Horizon folded pen and walnut ink. Carl suggested the Horizon pen for our broad-edged lettering. The word "Types" here shows quite a few of the techniques Carl taught--the little "flick" on the top right portion of the "y" and "p", as well as the bottom right of the "e"; the pushing strokes at the bottom of the "y", "p" and "s". This word also demonstrates the splitting up of the ducti--a bit more dynamic treatment of the letterforms.
See my Flickr page for more lettering samples here.
I just realized this morning that I haven't given a description of the class yet. Carl split the 4-day workshop into two sessions, which sort of overlapped. The whole workshop was titled "Ghosts of Calligraphy". However, the first 2 days were titled "Modern Moves from 20th Century Masters", where we looked at lettering techniques developed by well-known calligraphers, some alive, some dead.
Carl's vast knowledge of calligraphic history was fascinating as well as applicable to what we were doing. He showed us certain "master's" techniques by breaking down the strokes of each letter and then spending time with each student showing them how to make the marks.
The second half of the 4-day workshop was titled "Pen, Brush, Stiletto". Here we focused on brush lettering, as well as some pen, and also got into the exciting stuff like the cut paper and prismatic letter techniques you've already seen.
Can you tell from my excitement that EVERYONE should take this class if you have the chance?! You won't be disappointed!
As promised, more goodies! This piece was done by Linda, whose other amazing work you can see at her website here. Again, the original sketch was done with pointed brush, then laid out to get the design just right; then cut with an Exacto knife out of black paper and placed over the red.
Here are two of my finished pieces from the workshop. Both were done on black Canson Mi-Tientes pastel paper, with Dr. Martin's Bleedproof White, Prismacolor pencils, and a white Sharpie Poster Paint marker for the lines in "Create". The first piece was done with a pointed brush. The second with a cheap, child's stubby paintbrush.
By the way. "Create" is a nod to my blogging friend, Kathy McCreedy, (see her blog here), who signs off all her posts with "Now go make something!". Thanks for the inspiration, Kathy!
We had some really talented people in this workshop. The piece you see here at left was done by one of my best friends, Cathy. Check out her blog here and her website here.
This letter was done with one of the cut-paper techniques Carl shared with us. It's called a "prismatic letter". Carl teaches the technique with paper, as you'll see in some other examples. However, the idea of using translucent vellum was thought of by one of Carl's very talented students in Japan. Her name is Sayaka. Bravo, Sayaka!
Cathy made this one with 6-7 layers of Yupo, a synthetic translucent paper. The effect is similar to that of a letter carved in stone.
I've put more student work on my Flickr site, so please check it out at
Whew! It's been a crazy-busy month for me, so not much has happened blog-wise. I've had quite a few jobs to work on, and construction being done on my house, so the blog has taken a back seat once again.
But I just had the opportunity to spend 4 whole days taking a workshop with Carl Rohrs here in Chicago. What a privilege! Carl is an amazingly talented and knowledgeable man; an incredible teacher; and an all-around nice guy. His generous encouragement and enthusiasm gave us the perfect atmosphere for learning and discovering new techniques. I just can't believe how much we covered in those 4 days.
I'm going to share a lot of photos with you, but only a few will be here on the blog. I've noticed that it's beginning to load very slowly, and I'm thinking it's because I have too many photos on it. So, I'm going to try something new. If you're interested in seeing all the photos of Carl's techniques, student work and some of my practice sheets, I'll be posting them on Flickr and will provide the link in each specific post.