Monday, March 29, 2010

Still Playing With Pens

I am still playing with pens and looking for rhythm and flow in letter forms. I find that letters with the most visual interest happen while writing very fast with no plans or layouts to follow. Of the 40 different pens I practice with, some nibs glide over the paper and others require hand pressure to flex the nib. This sample was created with a semi flex stiff nib from a early 1900's Swan eyedropper.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lettering with an 83 year old Mabie Todd Swan

I have not been able to post any new lettering samples lately due to long hours of commercial projects. I still finish the day with some quick handwriting samples while trying a variety of vintage fountain pens. This lettering piece was created with a Mabie Todd Swan pen manufactured in 1927. It has a flexible nib and writes with a featherweight touch. Its an amazing 83 year old pen. Very enjoyable to create lettering with vintage writing instruments.