Learn how to create personalized greeting cards using GIMP, Inkscape and Scribus. This year I decided to change things up a bit and do some cards for my family, friends, co-workers and calligraphy guild members (card exchange). Continue reading →
This shows some book cover design options for a recent project I completed. My role was to come up with an attractive cover title, and recommend a font for secondary text and background textures. I also included some placeholder graphics in option 6 for the publishing company. Along with the options shown above, I provided the client a written description of each option (pros/cons), fonts, graphics, and background texture(s) specifications. Once my client selected their desired option, they received the final files for high resolution production. Continue reading →
Our show at Alderwood Library has been featured in the October issue of Etobicoke’s SNAP. Hope you enjoy this peek. While most of what you’ll see are on display only on a NSF basis, Mark Lurz, Eileen Rademacher and Michele Nidenoff have wonderful pieces for sale. Hope you have a chance to see the show in person – it’s on until October 29th!
Oktoberfest is right around the corner, and what a better way to mark the event but with classic German calligraphy. This calligraphic typeface is based on Klingspore by Rudolf Koch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Koch). This is a beautiful Gothic typeface.
This authentic calligraphy was created using a 6.0 mm Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen. It was later scanned, and digitally processed to create the gold raised effect. It was finally draped on top of the two background images. The pooling of the ink by the original calligraphy pen creates differences in height and colour. This effect mixes authentic calligraphy with modern digital arts. The digital effects were created with GIMP & Inkscape (FREE software). Read more at http://flickr.com/steveczajka. And “en Prosit!”
CAGT will be on hand at the upcoming Scriptus show on Sunday November 2, 2014. Please join us for lettering demonstrations and for an opportunity to purchase antique and new fountain pens, ink and paper.