The new year saw a new Sketchbook Skool (SBS) course, Expressing commence and I don’t think I’ve ever been busier planning, sketching, painting, posting and commenting in the SBS skoolyard. Expressing began with a klass by Koosje Koene on hand lettering. Koosje introduced students to a whole range of hand lettering techniques and encouraged us to explore both serif and san serif alphabets as a homework exercise.
I had fun working in my sketchbook on these. I found the dog alphabet on Pinterest but haven’t been able to identify the source – if anyone knows who created it please let me know so I can give credit where it’s due! It’s a wonderful alphabet and has received lots of love.
I was soon having so much fun that I started to play around not only with alphabets but also with illuminated lettering. This A was drawn on my iPad and is heavily influenced by a beautiful card I have featuring an illustration by artist Lesley Buckingham (the card can be bought at http://www.cherrypickedforyou.co.uk).
And I loved drawing this illuminated S from an 19th century book.
Our final exercise was to letter some words – a phrase, lyric or short sentence. I chose a phrase that I’d seen on Tumblr recently and produced in my sketchbook with ink and watercolour. I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy a week of lettering but by the time I was working on this exercise I knew I could happily spend the rest of my life doing nothing else! It seems to require just the perfect combination of planning and inspiration.
I was having so much fun I did two more lettering pages!
And then I did another one on my iPad…
Question now is, can I stop lettering and get on with my other assignments?