Painting letters

Paul Cutler's picture

Can you paint each letter with one stroke? If not, which ones take a bit more work? I'm having fun but curves (S, O, P, etc) are challenging. Is there some simple advice you can give me? A series of question from a rookie…

thanks

pbc

Ian Blair's picture

The techniques are described here:
http://www.theletterheads.com/lhparts/lettering.html

As it says on the page, 'practice, practice, practice'.

Justin_Ch's picture

The term "one stroke" or "single stroke" that you find in all these old lettering books refers the strokes of the letter being single brush stroke wide. An S, for example might be made of three separate strokes. A C from two or three.

If you try to paint like a large version of your handwriting, or copy certain script alphabets you might be able to make some letters with one long stroke. However for a neat, traditional sign painters gothic, or even a casual, utility style (the kind of thing House Industries Sign Painter series is based on) you will actually need to break down those curves into a few separate strokes.

Get hold of one of the Speedball lettering books. There are usually a few on eBay. The earlier editions are the better as they are aimed at both pen and brush lettering where as I think later ones are more pen-based, although they still give a breakdown of strokes.

Have a look at Pierre Tardif's youtube demonstrations: http://www.youtube.com/user/ptardifinc. I love watching these!

What sort of brush are you using?

typerror's picture

Paul

There is a very active calligraphy guild in LA. Sign up for some workshops... they will open up your eyes and speed the discovery process, especially if you are going this alone. You will learn from the students and teachers alike as information in workshops flows pretty freely.

Ian is right... practice - but learn from your mistakes!

And Justin is correct, the older Speedball books have more ductus exemplars and less of the pretty examples with no hint as to how they are achieved. People would have a tough time emulating some of my work that appears in them as I use odd tools and touch up heavily : )

Check out:
http://www.societyforcalligraphy.com

Michael

typerror's picture

Paul

If you go to my contact and send me an email I will send you some info.

Michael

Paul Cutler's picture

Thanks for all the generous help. Cannot find where the contact info is Michael. I've only been here for almost 4 years.

pbc

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