Roman capitals with John Stevens

In October, I went to Cheerio for the first time to take a workshop with John Stevens on Roman capitals. First of all, I would like to point out that Camp Cheerio is in a beautiful place, and the view

Uncials with Ewan Clayton

The biggest lesson I took away from this class is that there is no single Uncial alphabet, but instead there are different historic variations. We explored different manuscripts and came up with a self-consistent hand, where pen angle, stroke weight

Gilding with Peter Thornton

Gilding is another one of those things that I knew nothing about. It's one thing to admire someone else's beautiful work, and another to have a deep understanding of the techniques they used to create the piece. I will have

Brush class with Carl Rohrs

There is one tool that I have always found to be particularly challenging: the brush. I became especially aware of this after taking a sing-painting workshop, and seeing how all of my letters were complete garbage. When Seattletters conference came

Trajans with Yves Leterme

I signed up for an online Trajans class with Yves, and it was great. I learned a lot, even though I did get to the most interesting (and most challenging) part of the class — brush letters. I would definitely take

Creativity takes courage

I will freely admit to this one being one of my most "cheaty" projects. The task was to write out a quote: Creativity takes courage. — Henri MatisseI wanted to write huge pointed pen letters, but that was hard for 2

Fear mediocrity

I don't quite remember where I saw this person, but I saw someone wearing a T-shirt that said: Don't fear failure, fear mediocrity.I really liked this quote. Apparently, it's attributed to a bodybuilder, and I wasn't able to find

Flattery and criticism

This quote is one of my favorites: I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. — Georgia O'KeefeWhen I was working on the thumbnails, naturally, I had to