Found Lettering: How to Discover Inspiration Anywhere
Saturday & Sunday, April 4 & 5, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Lettering artists can devise new styles and broaden creative skills, simply by observing examples found in their everyday surroundings —from neon signs and car emblems, to album covers and book jackets. This simple yet effective technique for generating new work is achieved by expanding on clues found in existing letterforms. Examining patterns in familiar specimens, participants will learn how to identify and decode the basic systems underlying all well-made lettering. Students will then adapt those elements to their hand-drawn logos and wordmarks. Not only does this approach provide a method for retracing the decision-making of other artists, but it gives letterers a fresh perspective on their own work.
Detailed presentations, instructional drawing demonstrations, skill-building exercises, and one-on-one discussions will further assist workshop attendees as they gain a practical understanding for producing inspired lettering in a variety of design settings.
- No.2 pencils (conventional or mechanical)
- pencil sharpener (if applicable)
- pad of tracing paper (9″×12″ pad is recommended)
- pad of quadrille 4×4 grid/graph paper (9″×12″ pad is recommended)
- 12 inch ruler
- Sharpie® Fine and Extra Fine markers
- white-out correction fluid pen
- adhesive tape for posting sketches
Please note that the material in this workshop was included in the instructor’s four-day class, Lettering Tricks and Techniques, conducted at The Cooper Union in June, 2019.
Registration for this workshop will open on January 8th.
Course Code: TFD63
Instructor(s): Ken Barber