#1 & 2 Lisa Devlin
As a graphic designer, I
use a variety of tools (including the computer) and
appreciate many periods of art and design. I also
enjoy generating ideas for make-believe products,
creating ads and labels for them and putting them on
greeting cards. So it seemed natural to turn
Reggie’s letter-spacing exercise into ads. I thought
that bubble bath and a wine vineyard would be great
for expressing the word “LANGUIDLY,” followed by the
registered trademark symbol for that touch of
authenticity. Both ads were intended to amuse the
viewer while expressing my enjoyment and exhaustion
after a full day learning calligraphy.
began by using the waxed grid paper and letters
Reggie supplied, manually spacing the letters on the
paper and then photocopying the finished work.
Although the letters seemed spaced adequately well
on the grid, the photocopied versions showed me this
wasn’t entirely the case. So when I brought the
letters into Adobe InDesign, I kerned them slightly.
Concerned that reliance on a computer might not be
within the exercise’s scope, I confess that I held
back and didn’t do a complete job. I then copied the
text and pasted them into the Adobe Illustrator
files where the illustrations were created. The
final piece was printed on my desktop printer.
This was a helpful exercise. Because of the
deadline realities of my work and the frequent
last-minute changes that typically arise, I’d
developed some bad habits and rusty letter-spacing
skills. So this exercise reminded me of the need to
apply more care in that area.
#3 Patti Adams
This spacing exercise took a lot longer than I
imagined! As Reggie suggested, after I laid out the
word calligraphy on my waxed grid, I left it on a
stand in my studio so I could casually glance at it
as I worked on other things.
After a few
days, I finally decided that there was obviously a
Roman Rebellion taking place while I slept; letters
were surreptitiously huddling up in my studio
finally arrived at the version you see here. I printed it onto a
sepia-toned 11x17" copy of a very large piece I did in graphite
several years ago as part of an exhibition at the New Orleans Academy
of Fine Arts. It is a drawing of one of our oldest and grandest live
oak trees in Audubon Park, aptly named "The Tree of Life”. Displaying
some of the most splendid examples of nature's calligraphy, these
majestic trees are for me a constant source of inspiration!|
#4 Carmel Cucinotta-Harmon
I chose this 'ghost' picture
from a Time-Life Book Series I have on the "Enchanted World'. Since
all of us were so fearful of diving into the ROMANS, I thought this
picture of "fear" was very appropriate. Class mates exchanged many
emails saying how frustrated and fearful they were to attempt this
very important exercise; myself included.
I used the Palatino
Type Face that Reggie gave out in class. I took my picture and my
layout to Kinkos (now Fed Ex) and had a transparency made of my
spacing. It took some time for the sales person to figure out how to
apply the letters to the photo. I was a bit worried because the black
letters were so close to the darkest part of the photo. But, I liked
the picture and decided to go for it.
I have since learned,
through trial and error, that "I can do the transparency and
photocopy" at home.
My little ghost still says it all about
those lovely ROMANS