Okay, wow, hi - where exactly has time gone? I didn’t post a single blog in March, and I literally have no idea how it came to be April 9th. Is it just me, or is 2019 flying by?
Anyway! For the past little while, I’ve been working hard on a project that is near and dear to my heart - a Calligraphy Prompt e-book! I often see that new calligraphers & lettering artists struggling to come up with words or phrases to write when they are learning and practicing calligraphy. I think this kind of “writer’s block” stems from social media and the constant flow of new content being thrust in front of our eyeballs every minute of every hour of every day. There is no shortage of new artwork seemingly being churned out by everyone around us. That can be inspiring, but it can also be overwhelming, especially when you’re having an off-day or are stuck in a creative rut.
Thankfully, there are lots of great prompts available on Instagram - like Goodtype’s weekly #GoodtypeTuesday challenge and Lauren Hom’s #Homwork prompts. I’ve participated in both many times, and these kinds of challenges can really help to get the creative juices flowing. The only thing is that they are somewhat time sensitive (though Lauren Hom’s prompts are all available in an archive, so you can go back and complete any of the challenges at any time!) and I personally struggle to get them done before the deadlines.
So, I wanted to make something that you can download, keep forever and refer back to any time you’re feeling stuck. I also wanted to make one that was full of the kinds of prompts that I believe will help people tap into their personal artistic style - something I am super passionate about helping other artists do.
So, what are the 3 Calligraphy Practice Exercises that every every calligrapher should try? These babies right here:
1) The Alphabet Exercise - You probably know this one because I’ve talked about it a million times. Basically, you pick a theme - for example, Cities - and letter one word for each letter of the alphabet, keeping with that theme (Athens, Barcelona, Chicago, etc!)
2) The High Fidelity Exercise (Yes I named this exercise after a John Cusack movie) - Okay I totally made this one up, and it’s all about making lists of your all time, top 5 favourite things in different categories and then using those lists to inspire other calligraphy & lettering practice pieces.
3) The Talk to Yourself Exercise - This one is all about having a kind & positive dialogue with yourself, and lettering advice/reminders/messages that you need to hear.