“Lettering is Order.
It is the means to a higher consciousness.”
I did this piece as a homework assignment for
Reggie’s 26 Seeds Session in Boston, Massachusetts.
We were studying Roman Variations and were given
this quote by the pioneering letter artist,
Friedrich Neugebauer. Needless to say, I was
intrigued and excited.
It was important to me that I due justice to
Neugebauer’s quote, so I started by sketching some
ideas and interpretations, focusing on the word,
order. When I think of order, I conjure up images of
geometry, shapes that fit together and how they
relate as well as stand alone.
I also considered color, starting with primaries and then onto
secondaries. Finally, the challenge was to put all these elements
together in a visually cohesive way.|
I pulled out a piece of Arches hot press watercolor paper and got
started. After laying everything out with pencil, I started the
lettering with black sumi ink, using a speedball C-0 Nib. Then came
the shapes, layered upon each other, painted with gouache. When I was
finished with the painting, I outlined the shapes with a micron pen. I
wanted to accent the author’s name, so I incorporated it into the
bottom in black, painting the counter spaces randomly. The large
blocks of black tie all the other geometric spaces together. The
finished work is @ 14 x 16 inches.
I really enjoyed this assignment, but let me add that I really enjoyed
everything about Reggie’s 26 Seeds year-long class. It certainly was a
Year to Grow.