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B3860. Steal Like An Artist / Kleon Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon. 2012. 160pp. 6"x6". Paper
You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.
B3098. Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners B3098. Calligraphy Alphabets for Beginners:The Easy Way to Learn Lettering and Illumination Techniques by Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan. 2008. 256pp. 6.5"x8". Hardcover, concealed spiral
Presents instruction for Uncial, Foundational, Carolingian, Italic, Flourished Italic Copperplate, Gothic, Lombardic Capitals & numerals. Letters are presented in groups of similar forms with ductus and stop-action photos. Final section presents adding metallics and color to letters and pieces using some newer techniques.
REVIEW: These small format hidden spiral hardcover books are very popular. They don't take up area on your work space, and unlike paperbacks, they lie completely flat. No matter how you learn best, there is instruction for you. In this instructional manual each letter is presented individually with ductus, that is the combination of the letter with the little arrows and numbers indicating stroke sequence and direction. For those who like written instructions, this stroke order and direction is put into words as well. And finally there is a three panel strip of stop action photography showing the pen as it constructs the letter. That is not totally accurate. The pen is not actually stroking the letter as there is no ink in the pens used. However, this is actually a visual plus. Because the tip of the pen is not coated in black ink, you can see how more clearly how the the pen is placed on the paper. The letters of each hand are presented in a logical sequence. Generally letters with similar shapes are presented before moving on to other letters of similar shapes. At the bottom of each page, there are one line exercises to develop rhythm & help with spacing.
The hands (alphabets) are also presented in a logical sequence. Uncial is first. Stan Knight has proposed this as beginning alphabet over Italic. Unlike italic, there is no slant to the letters. There is only a majuscule (capital) alphabet to learn. So the student can gain working facility with a basic Uncial alphabet more quickly than italic. From Uncial its Foundational minuscule (lowercase), Roman majuscules, Carolingian, Formal Italic, Flourished Italic Copperplate, Gothic, Lombardic Capitals. They finish up with numbers and the ampersand. Instruction is given only for an upright set of numbers, exemplars are provided for Carolingian and Gothic. You are left on your own for Italic, Copperplate and Lombardic Capitals. If you already own instruction books by Mary Noble and Janet Mehigan that cover these hands, you may already have the material in this book.
There is a thirteen page final section on adding color and gold to calligraphic pieces. The authors present a lot in a few pages only allowing for concise instructions.
DVD14. Gilding for Calligraphers DVD Gilding for Calligraphers.
By Sally Mae Joseph (Sally Teague), one of the scribes working on the St. John's Bible.
Selecting and preparing vellum, slaking plaster and making gesso, gilding using loose leaf gold, preparing gum ammoniac and gilding with transfer gold, painting with shell gold and color. 130 minutes.
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B2922. Hans Joachim Burgert Malerie/Painting Hans Joachim Burgert: Malerei. 2006. 78pp. 9.5"x11".
For those who want to add to their Hans Joachim Burgert
collection, this is a full color book of his paintings 1979-2006. All are of men and women alone, in pairs and in groups, clothed and nude. I’ve seen a few examples of
these works reproduced in black & white, but it was wonderful to see them in color. Included is a two page spread of photos of the artist. Introductory material and titles in German. There are no examples of his lettering.
B1897. Kunstraum Kalligrafie / Propfe Kunstraum Kalligrafie by Joachim Propfe. 2011. 239pp. 9.25"x10.25". Hardcover
Full of Propfe's calligraphic compostions on walls. A wide variety of styles, all wonderfully reproduced. Includes instructon on hands and lettering on wall. Text is in German.
Worth the price, especially if you read German.
B2244. Belle Lettere Belle Lettere.
1997. 168pp. 9.5" x 12". 200 illustrations, almost all in full color. Hardcover.
***3/2018: We are currently out of stock of this book. We do not know when we will recieve more copies. If you order this book we will backorder it and contact you upon it's arrival.***
This full-color book presents the best works from the entries for the Belle Lettere Prize. It is a glorious volume filled with full-page and detail color shots of the expressive calligraphic pieces. All are in full color. It is a painterly presentation printed on an off-white sheet, which gives the color reproduction a subtle warmth. Contributors include Denis Brown, Jane Dill, Ward Dunham & Linnea Lundquist, Olive Bull, Glen Epstein, Rose Folsom, Georgianna Greenwood, Thomas Ingmire, Cheryl Jacobsen, Hermann Kilian, Werner Schneider,Brody Neuenschwander, Jan Owen, Paul Shaw, Susan Skarsgard. There are also many Europeans who are little known to American calligraphers. Introductory essays are by Carlo Buffa "So Far, So Close"; Thomas Ingmire "Calligraphy in the 20th Century"; Tiziano Santi "Between Word and Image"; and Manfredo Massironi "The Pleasure of Showing & Looking at Words." A final essay by Monica
Dengo is on "The Work of Thomas Ingmire." Each essay is in English and Italian.
Please be warned. The f-word appears on pages 10-11. If the word gives you offense, don’t purchase this book.
B4053. Olive Tree / Graham B4053. The Olive Tree: An Artistic Adaptation by Christine Layton Graham. 2015. 36pp. 10"x 8". Hardcover
The text of this book is an allegory on the Olive Tree that was adapted by Christine Layton Graham. The book is hand-lettered throughout by Joan Layton Merrell and illustrated by Carol Layton Ogden. Just published this spring, it is offset-printed and hardbound, and is a collaboration of three sisters. The story comes from the Book of Mormon.
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B2769-AIRMAIL. Foundations of Calligraphy including Airmail shipping B2769. Foundations of Calligraphy By Sheila Waters. 2006. 126pp. 9"x11.25". Concealed spiral binding. Now in its third printing. Hardcover.
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In the 110 pages of exemplar alphabets, instruction, and hints, Sheila shares with you the knowledge she has gathered over her decades of study and practice. She provides insightful analysis of forms and constructions and helps you learn and work toward mastery of the alphabets. The presentation is honed by her vast experience teaching calligraphers how to advance their skills and art. Sheila Waters is not only a master scribe, but a master teacher. She has made both her life's work.
Chapters include Basics & Beyond, Analysis & Practice, Design & Layout, Conception to Completion, and Applying Design Principles. Foundational, Blackletter, Gothic Cursives, Uncial & Half Uncial, Carolingian, Italic, and Italic Variations are covered with thorough instruction for each. Foundational and Italic receive particular attention.