This is the third in a series of demonstrations about how to letter carve in a time of pandemic.
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.
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:
I will be showing you how I design for stone carving.
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.