Steve Czajka on Designer Type
Since I was a kid, I have been surround by letters as my Father owned his own sign painting shop. Letters were in my blood. My Father would take me to the job sites where he worked, and his sign shop occupied most of our basement. As his helper, he showed me the ropes to old school hand lettering and sign painting. Continue reading →
The idea for Designer Type came to me around 2010 while working on a piece called, “Wild Horses.” I was using a common graphic design technique called ‘paste up.’ I had used paste up in the 1980s where I created an entire composition based on the best lines of calligraphy, then paste them onto an artboard — an old school technique prior to the digital age. 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 →
The 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:
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.
Dates: 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)
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