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Halloween 2014 wallpaper

 

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Book Cover Calligraphy Design

The Literary Connection Options v2

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

Learn Gothic Calligraphy and Lettering – Online Calligraphy Course

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Learn Gothic Calligraphy & Lettering in this online calligraphy course.  All available as a digital download.

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View Steve’s portfolio at http://flickr.com/photos/steveczajka

Below is a listing of the course topics . . .

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Gothic Calligraphy Course – Last Chance to Register

FrakturThe Gothic Calligraphy Course starts this Tuesday, March 18th in Toronto taught by Steve Czajka. There a only a few spots left so if you are interested please contact Steve Czajka at ( steveczajka [at] hotmail [dot] com ) soon.  Seating is limited.

The above shot is an example of one of roughly 30 exemplars students will receive in this course.  Read about the course at:

https://torontocalligraphyguild.org/2013/12/26/gothic-calligraphy-course-with-steve-czajka/

UPDATE: March 27.  This course is in full swing now.  I am in the process of creating an eBook for online or correspondence calligraphy learning.  The eBook including printable exemplars will be closer to 50 pages in length and covers the materials, history, modern interpretations and my three easy keys to learning calligraphy & lettering.  I am totally excited about this eBook.  Details will be made available soon on this website soon.

 

Gothic Calligraphy Course with Steve Czajka

Gothic Calligraphy Course MasterDates: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15 and 22nd (Tuesdays)
Times: Six Sessions from 7:00-9:30 pm
Place: Neilson Park Creative Centre – STUDIO A – West, Toronto (Map)
Cost: $150 (or $135 for CAGT Members & Friends of CAGT)

Description

  • This six session course will teach students how to perform flat-brush calligraphy while also learning Fraktur, one of the most popular Gothic scripts based out of Central Europe 16-19C.  Fraktur is also one of the most free-style calligraphy scripts around.  Students will:
    • Be presented with some of the best examples of Fraktur from all over the world with a critical analysis of what makes great lettering.
    • See demonstrations by Steve Czajka on different methods of calligraphy including: traditional calligraphy pens, double pencil technique from Roman times, and even wide-format paint markers (used in the Calligraffiti movement).
    • Learn the basics of brush lettering, edge pressure, paint preparation, cleanup, and brush manipulation to achieve amazing looking letter forms. Similar to (video)
    • Learn about basic letter flourishing & decoration techniques
    • Work towards a final assignment focused on a flourished capital letter, surrounded by Gothic text of their choice and design.
    • Learn to letter their works onto: paper, cloth, sign boards, dry wall, wood, glass, mural applications, and even coated concrete surfaces.
  • Steve Czajka is a calligrapher with over 30 years of experience.  His work has appeared as a headliner for a television show, and Steve was invited to teach at an international calligraphy conference.  Steve’s work is planned to be featured in “Bound and Lettered Magazine” from John Neal Bookseller.  You can see Steve Czajka’s portfolio at http://flickr.com/photos/steveczajka

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Twitter Mural

The #TwitterMural project was a partnership between the City of Mississauga and the Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto.  The project was completed in the spring of 2013 during Youth Week.  Several members of CAGT were involved with the training of students, planning, design, layout and painting of the mural.  Learn more about the project in this gallery of slides presentation below…

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January 2012 Calendar – Berries Edition

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Normally I post one calligraphy piece each week on http:steveczajka.posterous.com. I have decided to release additional pieces in 2012 for monthly calendars, and holiday specials. I hope to build up a portfolio of works.

For the January desktop calendar, I couldn’t decide on which image to use, so I posted both an Orchard Edition (not shown) and a Berries Edition.

The new gothic identity shown in the lower part of the image with the red “S” is going to replace my current avatar. I plan to slowly roll this out into the new year for all new pieces and my avatars on my social media properties: posterous, twitter, google+, email, flickr, youtube, and a few others.

The hand done, authentic calligraphy for the January piece and my gothic “S”, was inked as part of my gothic typeface project which is now more or less complete. More about this typeface calligraphy project later.

Thanks to the photographers for their royalty free photos:

Berries – Photographer: Nossirom on sxc.hu
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1252451

Orchard – Photographer: night fate on sxc.hu (not shown here)
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1330247

Cheers
Steve