Type@Cooper - Eclectic Inspiration, Hand Lettering

Eclectic Inspiration, Hand Lettering


with Carl Rohrs




Sat., Jun. 28 – Sun., Jun. 29, 2014
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: On campus

This 2 day workshop, taught by Santa Cruz, California based veteran sign painter-calligrapher Carl Rohrs (whose influences come from all corners of the letter-universe and whose work crosses disciplines, styles and mediums) will be about mixing and using techniques from different media and inspiration from surprising sources.

Through a barrage of images taken from the wonderland of traditional and eccentric lettering from throughout the history of the Latin alphabet, you will be introduced to new avenues for your own exploration. From Griffo to Griffin, Knox to Neugebauer, Catich to Killian, Menhart to Mouse, Spurius Ruga to Rudo Speman, Herriman to Hoyer to Heinrichson, your connections to the surprising innovators of the ancient and recent past will be strengthened, and bridges to the past and your own wild future will be built by the hands-on experience in lettering and modern calligraphy techniques with flat pens and chisel-edge & pointed brushes.
  • Non-waterproof ink, Higgins Eternal Black or Higgins Sepia, Walnut or Noodler's; importantly, not waterproof or sumi ink
  • A tube or two of dark colored Winsor Newton gouache (Indigo or Prussian Blue are especially good)
  • Pad of 11 x 17 or larger bond paper and Strathmore charcoal pad
  • Graphite and optionally colored pencils
  • Ruler
  • Cotton rag or paper towels
  • Optionally, any medium to large sized pointed brushes you already have and would like to use (ie: synthetic watercolor brush, Lebenzon, W/N Series 7, or Chinese Brush
  • Also optional, white Pro-White, or Dr. Martin's Bleedproof white (bring dark paper if this interests you)
  • A couple sheets of fancier papers like Canson Ingres, Mi Tientes, Bugra or watercolor paper


The following items can be purchased directly from the instructor, but you will also need:
1/2" Winsor Newton Series 995 flat brush
Pentel Color Brush

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Lecturer: Carl Rohrs

Eclectic Inspiration, Hand Lettering
Carl Rohrs has been a commercial lettering artist and sign painter in Santa Cruz, CA since 1977. Teacher of Lettering & Typography and Graphic Design at Cabrillo College since ‘84, and U.C. Santa Cruz Extension. Teacher of modern calligraphy — and occasionally sign-painting and gilding — at workshops and conferences since ‘86 all over the US and Europe, as well as Japan, Australia and South Africa. Studied with Father Edward Catich, Hermann Zapf, Karlgeorg Hoefer among many others. Team teaching partners have included Julian Waters, Georgia Deaver, Susan Skarsgard and sign legend Mark Oatis. Former and current editor of Alphabet, the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy.



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