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John Stevens
Calligrapher & Letterform Artist
Calligrapher & Letterform Artist
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Capital Immersion: (Brush, Pen, & Pencil)

Calligraphy Workshop @ Cheerio, NC | September 2018

Capital Immersion:
There are many approaches to learning calligraphy and the Capital. Learning structure does not have to be drudgery. Where do we pull ideas and variety from? Evolution must be honored, yet personal expression is a desirable quality. This cannot come at the expense of sacrificing good forms or structure. We must practice seriously, to fully grasp form, but when we do, what are the next steps?
What part of letterforms are fundamental or essential (immutable) and which part is mutable/creative?

In this class we address both stability and freedom; solidity and fluidity. I take the position that it is possible to pursue both. We closely look at them, break them down to analyze them, to get clear about form while developing technique.
The endpoint is not to only be correct, but rather develop and trust our instincts. You don’t get to that if your work is not solid.

Our week will include study of these essential forms, practice to refine the techniques and exploration of new possibilities. I often refer to this progression as Form, Rhythm & Movement, as we learn to master each in this order.

What we do in this class can be gainfully applied to all styles of
calligraphy.
www.johnstevensdesign.com
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A project I have worked on for a while for The Carnegie Hero Fund.
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Calligraphy and Shakespeare: One of several sketches for The Royal Mail created with #handlettering This design was not used, although, I wish they had. The Roman capitals are written with a pen, but the doves and the "Love" are brush-drawn on paper, scanned and combined with a color painting I did in yellow.
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Really love writing in those #moleskine notebooks. Spontaneous thoughts and calligraphy warm-up combined.
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2/21/18
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Returning to Dallas next week for our study of Blackletter (calligraphy), some layout/design. Writing text and designing book pages are two basic skills every calligrapher should own and I stress in classes. Constant practice is required, yet alone doesn't guarantee excellence. You must also raise your awareness and look at the very best work and seek the best teachers. Fortunately, Edward Johnston set out a course of study (historic manuscripts), (7 steps for analyzing and bookhand) in 1906 and is still valid today for learning the craft.
#calligraphy #study #dallas
http://www.johnstevensdesign.com/teaching/
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Busy with a wide variety of work. Considering teaching gigs for next year: possible UK, Moscow, Brazil (again) & New York. Will keep you posted.
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6/19/17
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It is hard for me to believe that the Romans wrote letters this big routinely. I wrote this to cover up a dirty wall.http://bit.ly/chicagoRome
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Brush Roman written in acrylic on Canson paper. Written over that in pen, are white Roman capitals(in a playful, free style) in white gouache with a specially prepared pen. Some of the work we will be doing in August, in Chicago | http://bit.ly/chicagoRome
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