John Stevens | Blackletter / Modern Gothic
Black-letter seems old fashioned yet remains popular.
Learning to write Black-letter (Textura, Gothic, Fraktur, Old English) properly is a pathway into many aspects of calligraphy. At first, the pretty forms and strong pen strokes are a key attraction. However, after a while, rhythm and form begin to interact and you can explore movement. Subtle variations on the strong vertical rhythm, can help us grow as calligraphers while writing black-letter is hypnotic and puts us into a meditative state.
Topics covered include rhythm, pen techniques (with and without manipulation), using as text hand as well as embellishing the decorative aspects. We will explore both history and a contemporary approach in the form of a project.
I believe practicing gothic or black-letter or fraktur is necessary to truly understand the nuances of broad-edged pen calligraphy as it is a lesson in the beautiful distribution of black and white.
Sign-up for this class to learn to be fluent in this type of pen-work.