A Blackletter Typeface

Archaeopteryx

Learning typeface design with Carl Crossgrove and Type@CooperWest. Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Coq au VinWhat better way to celebrate the Chinese New Year than with Coq au Vin?

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Après Trois Ans

Verlaine - Après Trois Ans

An excerpt from Paul Verlaine’s poem Après Trois Ans (After Three Years).

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Fabulous New Year 2017!

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Gabriel

GabrielPour Gabriel, le messager des bonnes nouvelles !

John Milton, le Paradis Perdu, livre 4, 1667

Traduction de l’anglais par François-René de Chateaubriand

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You are Fabulous

You are Fabulous

Inspired by Rachel Yallop in her course Copperplate: A Different Look at the Swelling Line. This will be auctioned off at the Horizons Foundation’s annual gala.

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They Were Gay (continued)

They Were Gay

As my final project for Chris McDonald’s Foundational class, which ended last April, I decided to do another take on Gertrude Stein’s famous quote from Miss Furr and Miss Skeene (1922). (See my earlier post They Were Gay). This one has a formal Humanist look, with a large illuminated letter T in the white vine style. The body text was done using Moon Palace sumi ink, and the illuminated letter T is in watercolor and gold leaf.

Thanks for your patience!

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I Would Die 4 U

I Would Die 4 U

In homage to Prince, a great songwriter, musician and artist.

From his 1984 album Purple Rain.

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Just Rewards

Sonja's Certificate Dorothy's Certificate

Friends of Calligraphy asked me to write the names on the honorary certificates for their Annual General Meeting at the San Francisco Public Library on May 1st, 2016.

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Joyeux Anniversaire, Alexis!

Mon petit neveu, Alexis, fête ses quatre ans demain. Joyeux Anniversaire, Alexis! Pour voir le vidéo, veuillez cliquer sur l’image ci-dessous.

My grandnephew, Alexis, is celebrating his fourth birthday tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Alexis! To view a short calligraphy video, please click on the image below.

Joyeux Anniversaire Alexis! #Calligraphie #Anglaise #Alexis

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