Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Napoleon's Imagination Quote

This project has gone through various changes until I settled with this. I'm still an amateur with painting gouache but I like how it came out. I drew the celtic knot pattern without thinking too much about it. The IMAGINATION word is done on Roman Capitals while the rest is on Foundational hand. I decided not to include Napoleon's name to see how it will look like, but it would have been more convincing if I included his name, right?

I'll try a different style next time and see how it will come out.

Quote source: Brainy Quote -- Napoleon Bonaparte

Monday, October 28, 2013

Travel For Beauty

I picked this quote after reading several posts in my stream in Google+ that some of them are going to travel to other countries. It is normal to hear differing opinions from people who have traveled to different places and their experiences are filled with the good and the bad but above all you can see from their faces that they have definitely enjoyed their time.

The decorated letter is something I created out on a whim. I drew it first before I painted it. To be honest, I got mixed feelings about what I did with that letter but went with it anyway. I think it is better done in illumination paired with theology quotes. I'll try that out in my future projects.

The rest of the quote is done in Foundational hand. I like how the letters are formed but my handwriting still needs more improvement.

More practice!

Quote source: Brainy Quote -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Quote on Augustus Hare

After I have done this work I noticed something wrong with the Gothic letters. They are too thin! I tested all of my calligraphy pens that I have and realized I used a lower nib width. I used a brush for the decorated letter T (I think they are called flat brush).

Quote source: Brainy Quote -- Augustus Hare

Practices and Projects

Instead of posting one project per post, I gathered all of my practices and projects that I have created in here.

My first practice with the Italic hand using Steadtler Calligraph Duo Black.

In Maryanne's book, she guides you first by practicing  the hands with a no. 2 pencil. Since I did not buy any materials mentioned in the book, I make do with what I had. I always find it irritable that my handwriting is not good (and here I thought my handwriting was perfect!).

Carolingian hand using the green colored calligraph pen.
Gothic hand using Sheaffer Calligraphy Pens
This time I used the Sheaffer calligraphy pens I bought several weeks after I ordered my first calligraphy instructional book from Amazon. It writes nicely but will not produce the same results as those in the book. Still, it is  a good alternative for practicing.
Foundational hand using Sheaffer Calligraphy pens.

Uncial hands using Steadtler Calligraph Duo Violet.
This was my first project after practicing each hands in the book. The upper version was smeared because I erased the guidelines while the silver metallic ink was still wet.

Names of people in my circle in Google Plus.
I really love writing names ever since I learned how to write Italic during first grade. Whenever I have free time (or trying to make free time), I'd get some papers, slant them and write as fast as I can with the names I can remember. Writing names was also the reason I discovered calligraphy (refer to first post).  
More names in Italic hand.
The names in the previous picture are all gathered from different variations I did. The picture above, aside from Shizu-chan's name are names of the *Maiko-sans and Geiko-sans of Kyoto: Satsuki, Fukuho, Ichimomo, Umechika and Kimika. When I wrote Umechika's name, I kept repeating the U to get the kind of U that I want. The last one is  a trial for Stellar Camp's logo.

**Evening Star by Edgar Allan Poe on Carolingian hand

*You can find great collection of photos of the maikos and geikos of Kyoto through Flickr. I cannot post them here since the author of those photos stated not to share in other websites.
 **source: Edgar Allan Poe's Evening Star

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Welcome, Stellar Camp!

Normally the title of the very first post of a new blog site (or any website) would be 'Welcome to (insert name of blog here)!' but I was thinking of welcoming Stellar Camp into the virtual world so I put it that way.

Stellar Camp is created solely for my love about western calligraphy. The reason why I use the words stellar and camp is that I love watching the starry night sky (stellar).

edit: The truth is the idea of Stellar Camp came from an action RPG game I played: Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning. There is mission that will invite you to join the Travelers faction, which will take you to their three main camps: the Sun Camp, Moon Camp and Star Camp. I combined the three and came up with Stellar Camp.

I discovered calligraphy when I thought of improving my handwriting because it was complemented by a friend. I opened up YouTube to look for tutorials on about it. After the search, one of the videos featured about how to start on calligraphy. The instructor in that video was Paul Antonio from the channel videojugarts. The moment I saw the video, I fell in love with the craft.

After watching several videos related to calligraphy, I searched through Amazon's list of recommended books of the subject. I choose Maryanne Grebenstein's CALLIGRAPHY A Course in Hand Lettering together with a box of Steadtler's Calligraph Duo Markers.I really wanted to buy dip pens right away but I have no idea which nibs will fit right for me so I settled with these two.

The book introduces the readers on how to use the book, the basic and advanced tools and materials, 5 hands or scripts to practice with, basic lessons about designing layouts and perforated guide sheets for each hand. The part that I love about this book is that the author provided transparent guide sheets for practice. You no longer need to make your own guide sheet but instead place a tracing paper (not ordinary tracing paper!) on top of it and start practicing.

Steadtler's Calligraph Duo Markers comes with 5 colors: Black, Blue, Red, Green and Violet. There is are singles available in Amazon but I preferred having more colors. The one I used a lot is the black one. After a lot of practice with the black pen, I noticed that it no longer produces sharper edges. It must be because I have a heavy hand that I pushed the pen to the paper too far that it produced that kind of result but this do not affect the quality of writing these pen produces. Aside from the black, I love using the violet one.