calligraphy

Seb Lester

Seb Lester is a designer & illustrator from the UK who practices calligraphy to sharpen his skills as a type designer. he shares snapshots of his sketchbook on Instagram, showcasing his impressive skills and doubly impressive foul mouth. these made me laugh, it’s always nice to see people not taking things too seriously. be sure to watch the video at the end of the post to see just how immensely skilled he is, crafting an alphabet in real time.

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pen art

i did a few calligraphy classes in primary school, but as with most important things back then (like piano lessons, for instance) i didn’t take it seriously and never wanted to practice. of course now that i’m older i think, DRATS! you could have been a master calligrapher & classical pianist, dummy.

of course i’m not trying to compare my amateur fiddlings with a pen to the amazing work of W.E. Dennis – whose book Studies in Pen Art can be downloaded for free over at IAMPETH (The Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting). Some of my favourites:

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calligraffiti

these are cool & i want them on my wall. from an exhibition called if you could

Currently a senior designer and typographer at Grey in New York, Craig is perhaps best known under his pseudonym, ‘Words are Pictures’. As his self-dubbed moniker suggests, he’s a typography nut who is excited by the forms and shapes of letters. This intrigue allows him to transform standard words into fully-realised, artistic statements. Not content with just one partner, Craig drafted in the typographic expertise of Sean Freeman and Alison Carmichael to come up with what they have named ‘Calligraffiti’.

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