A moving portrait about one of the last original sign-writers in Wales.
Lately sign-painting seemed to be gaining quite a lot of attention in the design industry. Gladly, several short films (Gentlemen of Letters) and feature films (Sign Painters, the movie) have come out to promote the unappreciated art of hand-painted typography.
I was recently backpacking in the North-West region of Croatia, when I stumbled a little town called Osor in the island of Cres.
Osor is not a common touristic destination, and it might seem remarkably unremarkable even for Croatian people. However, I noticed countless embossed signs —with a population of 60, there’s probably more signs that people– with a typographic style I haven’t observed before.
All around the town you can find different signs set in a kind of Uncial type known as Church Slavic Typography in latin alphabet (almost exclusively found in cyrillic alphabet).
"A drop cap is a large capital letter at the beginning of a text block that has the depth of two or more lines of regular text."
With the goal of expanding my typographic horizons and improving my lettering skills, I conducted a project in which I sketched by hand and then digitally vectorize one drop cap per day for a period of 4 weeks.
I used a variety of techniques from calligraphy pens (see "V") to Q-tips with ink (see "&"), and explored a wide array of styles from a minimalistic "N" to an engraved representational "T".
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