One of Reggie’s assignments on Roman Variations was
to pick a short quote and do it 3 different ways. I
struggled with the first two layouts and then
exploded with ideas. I finally quit after doing 7.
To inspire me, I went through my collection of books
looking for different lettering variations. Then I
spent a day or so practicing each particular hand.
Some ended up being used and some I just filed for
The first piece that is shown was done with Zig
Metallic Markers (the only ones I had in my studio)
on a piece of Ingres. The letterform was done
originally by Colleen and she did hers in black.
The second layout (a gorgeous piece by Ismar
David) comes from Artists & Alphabets. I stole the lettering and
layout. It is a piece I have long admired and really wanted to try it.
The quote was repeated 3 times to create the rectangle. I used a
Mitchell 4 and an EF66 with walnut ink on Arches HP. This hand
required manipulation and was difficult. Whereas Mr. David colored in
between the words, I chose to fill in the “O’s”.|
The third piece was also done on Ingres. The red is watered down Cad
Red Deep. The other is Oxide of Chromium and Black. I added just a
little black and it overwhelmed the Oxide, but it still reads as a
dark green. Two nibs were used – a Brause 2 and Brause 1.