This is the logo for the 2008 calligraphy conference, designed by Brody Neuenschwander, an extremely successful, famous calligrapher and (in his words) text artist. Pretty cool, huh? The lettering conference was amazing, crazy busy, challenging, stimulating, and lots and lots of fun.
I took Gestural Writing with Yves Leterme, a very kind and gentle man, who is a student of Brody Neuenschwander's. The image below is from Yves' manual, given to the students in his class. The first alphabet (on the left) is a formal italic script and the second alphabet (on the right) is Yves' informal script. His writing is graceful and beautiful, while at the same time, unconventional and unusual. It is gorgeous... and try as I might, I could not master it, or even come close, during the week in class with Yves.
I'm determined to keep working at learning the art of Gestural Writing, and I'll keep working at mastering the basic scripts, too. I felt very much like a first grader in Yves' class, which was certainly not Yves' fault. I'm overly sensitive and overly critical of myself, and have a habit of reading way too much into other's behavior... I'm still very much like a little girl, wanting to please my teacher... and I knew my teacher was frustrated and disappointed with my letterforms (at least that's what I thought to myself... I was far too timid to actually ask if that was the case). Despite my extreme sensitivity and self-consciousness, it was an awesome experience, and I learned SO much about SO many things! There is no question in my mind, that I'll be a better calligrapher because of this experience, and I'm really thankful for it.