Making the Jump into Digital Calligraphy

GIMP Magazine - Issue 9 v4-page001So many people have asked me how to move authentic traditional calligraphy & illustrations into the digital world.  I started calligraphy back in the 1980s, and my first digital calligraphy piece was around the mid 1990s when “Pagemaker” was king.  All of my calligraphy today is still authentically created by hand, but the vast majority of my work is digitally post processed. Here are my recommended steps to get you started into this totally creative world of digital calligraphy. Continue reading

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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Brochures 2012-13

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These brochures were digitally mastered using GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus.  These are similar to Adobe® Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and InDesign® respectively, but are all open source software packages and all FREE.  The calligraphy was authentically created.

For more information on the creation of the brochure, kindly contact Steve Czajka.

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