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Thoughts on lettering

Guide to Letter carving: three

Slate letters cut and in shadow
Slate alphabet caught in deep shadow

This is the third in a series of demonstrations about how to letter carve in a time of pandemic.

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lettering, typography, alphabets, stonework sculpture

Sounds of stonecarving

Listen to the sounds of chisel against sandstone as I work the stone to the shape I require.

https://stoneletters.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/sounding-carving.mp3

This is the piece I am working on

Work in progress
Sandstone sculpture unfinished

And completed:

Sculpture in limestone

Or try this video too

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alphabet Typographic ephemera

A Modern Alphabet [vintage 1987]

This cartoon by the famed Guardian artist, Polly Simmonds, came to light as I searched through my Journal for 1987. Tucked away in a sleeve at the rear of the volume the newsprint is a little worn, a touch brown in parts, yet the humour is as fresh as ever.

Polly simmonds 1987
Polly Simmonds 1987

I notice that U stands for UB40. No, not the band. This was the Unemployment Benefit Attendance card handed out to the jobless, including me that year. This is mine:

UB40 card 1987

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lettering

Anatomy of a design

I will be showing you how I design for stone carving.

It begins with a pencil sketch. This is it.Preliminary sketch for stonecarving

The sketch is at half scale in this instance, with the carving to be done on a piece of sandstone, 300mm by 300mm. The text is a line from a Louis MacNeice poem. You will notice the free flowing lettering, with letter  height at c40mm, for the ascenders.

This may be adjusted as the drawing develops into a final version.

The letter design is my own style, with use of a capital G prominent and the ampersand (in the original text this is spelt out, and).

The drawing is done on tracing paper, using a 2H pencil.