Roman Capitals: Proportions and Anatomy
Registration Status: Check Availability
Session Dates: March 10, 2018 - March 11, 2018
This course will tackle an issue that every type designer needs to wrangle with…having prioritized and completed the lowercase characters—it’s now time to draw the capitals—where do I start?
We will approach the design of the roman capitals with some perspective of their place in history and with simple drawing techniques. We’ll take into account the many tools used to create them from the chisel to the broad-edged pen, from Gutenberg to the bezier; their fundamental proportions, anatomy, weight and letter spacing which will define their relationship to the lowercase.
Eventually, rules aside, we should always aim for optical harmony and learn to trust our eyes and instinct.
Meets Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
In addition, students should bring the below to the first class.
- 11x17 (or larger) Canson Graph & Layout paper, or any non-bleeding white layout paper
- Quality tracing paper (a few sheets or a roll)
- Pencil, eraser, ruler
- Black broad-edged markers
- Optional: assorted flat brushes (if you’ve got some experience using them, and don’t forget ink and/or paint)
- 6mm Pilot Parallel pen
- A laptop running whatever vector editing software you have: Adobe Illustrator, Glyphs, FontLab, RoboFont, etc.
Not for beginners, intermediate to advanced level of type design experience required.
The final day to register is Feb. 2nd., students enrolling after this date will pay a $15 late fee.
Course Code: $157294
Instructor(s): Richard Lipton