Whether you are just starting out with calligraphy or a seasoned professional, sharpening and adding new skills is a fun part of the job.
So I was very excited to attend a workshop with the fun and fabulous Xandra Zamora this past weekend. The workshop, sponsored by Kaligrafos, the Dallas Calligraphy Society, was on “Pointed Pen Explorations”. (Another great reason to join Kaligrafos!) I had the pleasure of hosting Xandra at my home and was delighted to share some extra time getting to know her. She is just a doll!
She is an extremely talented professional calligrapher based in L.A. In addition, she is mega handy at Photoshop and Illustrator. So we utilized her presence by also having a Friday night lecture on “Optimizing Your Art” hosted by by Texas Lettering Art Council.
She covered the basic information about making your calligraphy and line art work digital. What every calligrapher needs to know! (Look for future posts about Texas Lettering Art Council offerings on this topic.)
Some of the topics we explored in the two day workshop were: Pressure and Release Exercises, Review of Copperplate lettering, Letter Slant, Spacing, Changes to Ascenders and Descenders, Playing with Caps and X-Height and Bouncing your letters! In addition we played with designing an original word or alphabet based on pictures of a variety of old sign lettering.
Xandra also demonstrated the use of the Phantom Liner for lettering on dark or opaque envelopes. A must know for any professional calligrapher. I may do a video of it to place on my Lettering Art Studio YouTube Channel since this is such great information.
Here’s some of my practice sheets from the workshop.
Thanks Xandra for a fabulous workshop! It was fun to have two full days to play and explore pointed pen with you.