This was my first homework assignment in Reggie’s newest class,
Lettering Inspired by the Saint John’s Bible. I really struggled with
the incipit letters at first (and still do sometimes) but the more I
practiced them, the more I came to appreciate them.
piece, I decided on some excerpts from Walden, and I chose colors
reminiscent of the greens and blues of the pond and the surrounding
woods. For the actual title and the little flags that mark the
beginning of a new “verse” I used a cadmium orange for contrast and to
suggest the color of the sunrise or sunset. The title background is
watercolor, as is the horizontal panel at the base. The lettering is all
watercolor as well, a mixed green for the opening section, and Payne’s
gray for the rest.
Right and left justification for both columns
seemed a bit too formal for this text, so I chose to right justify the
right column and left justify the left column, leaving an irregular edge
in the center, which I hoped would suggest the irregular shoreline of
the pond and the woods.
As always, Reggie’s homework assignment
made me think about the lettering, its uses, and how to adapt the lesson
to something different while maintaining respect for the original.
I hope I accomplished that.
written out in essentially four different lettering styles: incipit,
standard bible script, free form capitals, and versals. We will be
analyzing, writing out, and creating finished works inspired by and
based on these.
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