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B4081. Heart of the Brush / Tanahashi B4081. Heart of the Brush: The Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy by Kazuaki Tanahashi. 2016. 390pp. 7"x10". Paper
This book is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the history and art of calligraphy as it’s been practiced for centuries in China, Japan, and elsewhere in Asia. It is a beginner guide to developing an appreciation for Asian calligraphy and for giving Asian calligraphy-creation a try. It is also for those who just wants to browse through and exult in lovely examples.
The heart of the book, “Master Samples and Study,” presents 150 characters—from “action” to “zen”—each in a two-page spread. On each verso page the character is presented in three different styles, each one chosen for its beauty and identified by artist when possible. The character’s meaning, pronunciation (in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese), etymology, the pictograph from which it evolved, and other notes of interest are included. At the bottom of the page the stroke order is shown: the sequence of brush movements, numbered in their traditional order. On each facing recto page is Kaz’s own interpretation of the character, full page.
B4089. ABC of Custom Lettering, The / Castro B4089. The ABC of Custom Lettering by Ivan Castro. 2016. 176pp. 8.5"x10.25". Paper
This practical and inspirational workbook features easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for hand drawing a range of letterforms, from Modern Roman and Gothic to Latin, Script, and Interlocked. Offering traditional instruction methods with a modern twist, this reference also comes with gallery sections for inspiration and accompanying projects to practice your technique.
B4090. Decorated Lettering / Pickett B4090. Decorated Lettering by Jan Pickett. 2016. 128pp. 8"x10".
A highly-visual guide to the techniques and materials for decorated calligraphy with a strong contemporary feel. The variety of colorful exercises and projects provide a fresh, modern look, but still grounded with traditional letterforms. Inspiration abounds, and each chapter is accompanied by a wave of ideas for using techniques from embossing to watercolor. Jan is a Fellow of the SSI.
B4083. Journeys in Calligraphy / Lach B4083. Journeys in Calligraphy: Inspiring Scripts from Around the World by Denise Lach. 2015. 192pp. 9.25"x10.2". Hardcover.
Not only do scripts and alphabets form bridges between cultures, but their history and the stories they tell are the perfect springboard for calligraphic experimentation. From India to Ethiopia, Tibet and beyond, Lach has travelled widely in the world of script. Here, she documents complex and simple characters, playful shapes, and vibrant colors, which she then translates into her own visual art. She demonstrates the exciting design possibilities offered by script: you can repeat, turn, mirror, and rotate letters; you can also experiment with rhythms, contrasts, colors, and line widths. In addition to calligraphic techniques, Lach introduces examples from printmaking, fabric printing, collage making, and digital techniques. As illustrated by its beautifully photographed works of art – on paper, stone, fabric, or ceramic material – Journeys in Calligraphy will take you to many surprising destinations.
Reggie has created four different instructional packets, to use alone or as accompaniments to his instructional DVDs. Included in each packet are color exemplars, a color transparency, guidelines for several size nibs, stroke sequence page, pages of instructions, and a Nib Equivalency Guide--all enclosed in a heavyweight card portfolio.
GL08. Reggie Ezell Guidelines for Calligraphy GL08. Reggie Ezell Guidelines for Calligraphy
Guidelines for Calligraphy by Reggie Ezell. Contains 42 pages of writing lines, slant lines, instruction, and more. Sheets are all 8.5"x11". These guidelines are unique because they are printed in a specific percentage of gray, which allows the user to copy them for themselves at any darker or lighter setting, as individual projects may require. The paper itself is a high quality and heavier weight that should hold up through years of handling.
This video gives very simple, clear instruction on how to use the "Guidelines for Calligraphy" set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D6FoWqoHZc
B4028. 100 New York Calligraphers / Dantzic B4028. 100 New York Calligraphers by Cynthia Maris Dantzic. 2015. 238pp. 9.25" x 12.25". Hardcover
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Encompassing a wide range of calligraphy in many languages and hands or styles, this book presents a visual treasury of works by 100 contemporary scribes, all of whom were either born in New York or studied or worked in the city. From English and its related Romance languages to a wide range of Asian and Middle Eastern alphabets and nonalphabetic characters, the more than 550 examples of beautiful writing create a rich visual smorgasbord. Traditional uses of hand-lettered calligraphy are shown, including event invitations and envelopes, certificates and awards, and quotes and sayings framed as artwork. The examples also include contemporary applications and nontraditional forms, such as graffiti and experimental calligraphy that is not formed from readable characters. All are hand-wrought and human-made, using pointed or broad-edged pens, whether quill or steel, or a brush or other simple tool.
B4102. Take Your Pleasure Seriously PB / Barcellona B4102. Take Your Pleasure Seriously by Luca Barcellona. 2016. 240pp. 9"x13". Paper.
Features commissioned work and personal pieces in hundreds of images (many never before published) of the letters and letterwork of Luca Barcellona, an internationally known calligrapher, designer, and graffiti artist. He uses both historical letterforms and contemporary, original ones in striking and expressive compositions. Includes an interview by Chaz Bojórquez. Text by Luca Barcellona, Giovanni De Faccio and Nicola “DeeMo” Peressoni. Over 400 full-color illustrations. Luca’s work was featured in Letter Arts Review issue 23-3.
The hardcover edition of Take Your Pleasures Seriously (B3870) is now out of print.
LR29-3. Letter Arts Review Vol.29, No.3 LR29-3. Letter Arts Review Vol.29, No 3
Hermann Zapf Tribute issue. Contains articles by Jerry Kelly and others and includes a good deal of heretofore unpublished material.
The editor’s letter Remembering Hermann Zapf By Jerry Kelly The Lessons we learned By Rick Cusick, Marsha Brady, Larry Brady, Luca Barcellona, Julian Waters, and Ina Saltz Notes from class • 1980 A Reproduction of selected class notes taken by Ina Saltz
B3892. Zapf Exhibition Zapf Exhibition: The Calligraphy of Hermann & Gudrun Zapf. 2011. 64pp. 7.125"x10.125". Paper
This elegantly produced exhibition catalog presents their letter-art from Pen & Graver (1939-41) to designs for digital versions of Diotima (2008); pieces done with broad edge pen as well as ballpoint pen alphabets; manuscript books and book design for print; screen-printed and one-off works; and sketches, specimen sheets, and proofs for metal and digital typefaces (Diotima, Colombine, Optima, and Zapfino). English text. Some introductory text also in Japanese.
The exhibition was held in Tokyo in September, 2011 . It was planned to be held in spring, which are the dates on the catalog, but it was postponed to September due to the earthquake and tsunami. The Japan Letter Arts Forum (J-LAF) and Akira Kobayashi, type director for Linotype GmBH, organized the exhibition. The catalog is in English, with some material also in Japanese.