Marian Gault: Roman Foundational Letterforms

Roman Foundational Letterforms
Marian Gault
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
All day

Roman capitals, with their rules for proportion, have remained the basis for all styles of lettering to the present time. The letters carved on the Trajan Column, still standing in Rome, are considered the classic example and the basis for all other lettering, even though it does not contain “H”, “J”, “K”, “U”, “W”, “Y”, and “Z”. Modern scribes have designed their own Roman capitals for the missing letters using guidelines from the rest of the Trajan alphabet, with varying results, which can sometimes be a bit confusing. Since the Roman majuscules do not have a set alphabet designed to use with them for lower case (minuscules) lettering, several styles have been adapted for that purpose. In this class, both classic Roman and Foundational lettering will be demonstrated, explained, and discussed. Learning both of these hands will improve basics, such as spacing and proportion of letters, will give you a better understanding of other styles of writing which you may have learned or use, and give you an appreciation of their classic beauty and similarity. Being familiar with the use of a broad-edged pen is very helpful. Explanatory handouts and guide sheets will be provided. Skill Level: All 


Nib holder: straight (not oblique) Nibs: Speedball C1, C2, & C3, or equivalent sizes in other brands, or parallel pens in equivalent sizes; 1 black Pigma Micron pen, size .005, or similar kind of pen, or a pointed nib in a straight holder Ink: Higgins Eternal, Moon Palace, walnut ink, or Pelican 4001, any color or kind that works for you Paper: Borden & Riley Boris layout pad, or Borden & Riley Cotton Comp, or any paper that works for you and guidelines can be seen through it. Miscellaneous: #2 pencil, tissues or paper towels, small water container, ruler, eraser, paper clips. 

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