Big Letters.

batarde009These were two sketches for letters within a project. Hopefully I was going to  design the whole alphabet. Much of the  work on the large sheet  has been designed with the Lamy Joy pen, which I really like. Found some drawn capitals on the internet which I really liked., took some extra details and drew. The A and the B on the left are closer to completionbatarde008, except they are very “rough around the edges” The middles have been filled in using a quality brush with gold ink. The black lines are prepared using a fine Brause nib in a straight penholder. The blue background is filled in with the Lamy pen with a 1.9 nib. Green ink on a brush for the other vegetation. An evenings work!

 

In the beginning

spencer004Desperately wanted to dive straight in at the deep end, Spencerian did not seem TOO hard. It is, very. I started officially on the 1st of September. I ordered nibs, an oblique holder and Iron Gall Ink from Blots in Prestwich. Through a completely different set of coincidences, we discovered that we had been at primary school together. My first efforts were pretty poor. I had already bought the “Theory of Spencerian Penmanship” and this was to be my guide for the next few weeks. Here are two scans from the sketch book I am using. Both are really quite poor! spencer005

I will post a later version of my Spencerian script later. This was about a month ago that these two pages were made. I continued with the Spencerian until  the end of September.