Capital Letter Breakdown
Capital letters are ancient wisdom in the modern age; a point where brush philosophy meets Béziers. They can adapt to any trend and come fresh from your font editor still reflecting their millennia-old sources. Understanding the origins of Roman capitals is essential for a successful type design. Awareness of the evolution of letter skeletons is established by an introduction to the letters in their natural environment and by writing them with the original tools: pen and brush.
In this two-day introductory workshop, students will explore the historical roots and anatomy of capital letters. Analyzing the stylistic properties and the structural elements of the Roman capitals gives us a deep understanding of the history and evolution of the Latin script. Importantly, it offers us solid resources to make well-founded creative decisions in the typeface design.
Students will construct letters by exploring their essential geometry and then gradually adding more complexity to their details. As drawings progress, students will have fun practicing variations of the model from the perspective of the legendary hands of Edward Catich, Rudolf Koch and Edward Johnston. And, for the bravest, enjoy experimenting freely with all features at will.
Finally, shifting to the world of mathematic curves to rationalize the practice sheets, organizing them systematically to work towards producing a beautiful and original digital alphabet.
- 1/2" Flat Brush and any other flat brush you want to try. (We recommend W & N series 995)
- Sumi Ink or tube of black gouache
- pencil, eraser, sharpener
- several sizes of black markers
- drafting tape
- 12" ruler (or bigger)
- laptop or computer with any vector drawing application or font editor (i.e. Adobe Illustrator, Robofont, Glyphs, whatever you have.)
- a reliable internet connection and the zoom app installed
All times are listed in Eastern US time. Please check to verify the local time at your location.
This class is intended for students in the Extended Program, and space is limited. If places are available, registration for this workshop will open up to the public. For updates and reminders about Type@Cooper offerings and events, please join our mailing list.
Save the date: Sat., Nov. 18, 10:00AM