Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More fun with the Condor nib

This is another example of the brush quality I can get with the Condor nib. This pen is wonderful lettering instrument. The line thickness changes depending on the angle the nib touches the paper surface. Rather amazing that a fountain pen can produce wet brush strokes.

Playing with this pen is a nice way to end the day after a long stretch of deadline work.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Really Cool Pen Nib

I continue to experiment with fountain pens during short breaks in the daily schedule.

Today I received a Condor nib from Richard Binder at:
Its quite amazing. The nib is curved down. Writing with the nib right side up produces a very fine line. Writing with the nib upside down produces a brush like calligraphy stroke. The Condor nib requires very minimal hand pressure to vary the stroke weight. This is one of the most interesting lettering tools I discovered in recent days.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Lettering Practice Session

This photo is a typical evening handwriting session with fountain pens. I'm currently using 8 fountain pens and each nib has different flex from full to stiff including various line weights. Some have been modified to allow increase in flex. I plan to try a vintage pen from the 1930's later this week with a needlepoint nib and full flex. I continue practicing with fountain pens as they offer much more precision than design markers I used in the past.

A handwriting session usually happens late night after finishing daily project deadlines. Script writing with no restricions is an excellent method to learn different styles form loose to formal. Some styles from the past month have already been used on commercial lettering projects. Of all the practice sheets from lat night I about a dozen beautiful loose rhythmic scripts that will make for good portfolio samples and generate new projects in the future.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Letter Playground Alphabet Experiment Taking Shape

I recently uploaded a series of uppercase letters in 2 styles at Letter Playground. All the letters have been quick sketch studies at low resolution with a lot of opportunity to experiment. Playing with ideas and style concepts always leads to something good.

The cap "I" letter upload last night was rendered is a much cleaner style than the rough sketch versions. After rendering a letter this way I now want to create a complete uppercase alphabet in this style. I plan to use shapes of jewelry and fountain pens with a lot of bright toy colors when designing the letters.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Cap Letter Project

This weekend I started a series of cap letter color illustrations for upload to Letter Playgorund. These are fun to do and anything goes. Very small size with bright color and a pleasant break from the technical demands of a commercial lettering project.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

More Fountain Pen Writing

In my spare time I have been handwriting with several fountian pens. They all have different nibs, thickness and flex. The pen I enjoy the most is a Namiki Falcon 2 with a fine point. I can use slight presure for thickness and lift up for a very thin return stoke. This is turning out to be a fantastic experience as I am now able to control shape of the letterform compared to writing with a design marker which did not prvide precise control of thicks and thins.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Sketchbook Page with SuzieQ

I write with fountain pens every day and this is what a typical page of my gestural writing looks like. Anything goes. I tape words from other pages, add tissue overlays that I write on and continue to look for flow of the letters or an interesting way to loop and connect. With all the random words and letters I find nifty little visuals to create.

For this piece, I cut Rolling Stone off the page, taped it over SuzieQ and wrote "is a" on another tissue overlay. The small tissue was scanned and I did a quick redraw in Illustrator trying to maintain the loose quality of the original fountain pen writing.