Gemma Black 1 month class - Hermann Kilian: An Adventure! - November 4, 11, 18, 25

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1 Month Class - "Hermann Kilian: an Adventure!" with Gemma Black

Herman Kilian (1929 - 2004) was a German calligrapher, type designer and book designer who worked as a graphic artist in a large German graphic design company.

His work epitomized the simplicity of classical forms with each form having a tension, a wonder and character of it's own. Kilian took pains to create each letter slowly and perfectly working with the tools of his trade, the ruling pen and the simple broad-edge. His work remains in the Schreibwerkstaat Klingspor in Offenbach am Main and the Berlin Calligraphy Collection for all to study.

In this workshop we will study his work, look at classical (penned) Roman capitals then modernizing them by changing their interletter and ligatured spaces. Elegance of letterform, interactive letters, fine-nibbed pens and the ruling pen will be the main focus of this workshop.

Supply List:

  • Pens

Set of square edged nibs. Small sizes required ¾mm & 1mm & 1.5mm only. Please prepare them beforehand to make sure they are in good working order (N02) (N04) (N09)

  • A traditional ruling pen (N22)
  • Paper
    • Practice paper like bond, cartridge or layout approx. A3 or A4 (P09)
    • Fine Art papers Ingres, Mi Teintes, Arches Velin etc in neutral colours (tan, cream, ivory, white, etc.) and include 1 x black or charcoal or burgundy as well.  Choose brands you like to work with. Only quarter sizes will be needed. (PS05) (PS22) (PS61)
    • 3- 4 sheets Tracing paper A4 (P43)
  • Ink

Some non-waterproof black ink – ink stick and stone recommended. (I70) (IS29)

Any gouache or water colours you already have (plus mixing supplies) (WNG1) (BR43)

plus white gouache or Dr Ph Martin’s Pen White recommended. (I108)

Plus an eraser (E22), ruler (S270), lead pencils (S142), 2 x small water jar, tissues or rag, notebook/visual diary, blu-tac/white putty and a compass (pair of compasses).