This chapter covers lettering and calligraphy. Lettering terms are clearly
defined. Lettering procedures are divided into manageable tasks such as
drawing guidelines and practicing the six basic strokes. There is a brief
discussion on letter classifications and their purposes. Lettering should be an
integral part of the composition. Compositions containing letters in the
layout deserve careful planning with an understanding toward formal and
informal presentations. Lastly, there is a overview of calligraphy and its
associated procedures and terminology from which the student should
examine and develop lettering skills.
Throughout your career, one question that surfaces once someone finds out
that you are a DM is, can you do those fancy letters? Everyone needs
something lettered, be it a boat, car, or nameplate.
One retired DM has a
commercial business grossing more than 0,000 a year by lettering.
Sister Jeannine Klemm, OP, financed and maintained an art studio, print
shop, and entire art-oriented wing of a private college through her work as a
calligrapher. Local sign painters possess great hand lettering skills. Hang
around and watch how the sign painter plies his craft. Learn from the
experience. You can develop your lettering skills and enjoy the art form of
calligraphy even if you do not have the benefit of learning from a world class