Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
As an exercise to my calligraphy skills, I recreated the first three words 'We the People' of the US Constitution of the United States to understand the engrossing work of the penman.
Whoever was responsible for the great art work, the calligraphy work is interesting because it is not Zanerian style, a popular handwriting developed years later. In the first three words, ‘We the People’ the penman uses small diagonals in the English blackletters to create opticals in the spacing, and then he changes to an informal cursive style. Each section or article of the document is identified with the same cap height and written with similar English blackletters style for consistency.
Below you can find my calligraphy artwork and design. I introduced a correction in the baseline of the lettering with overshoots because the measurements are not vertical equally. A mistake that was acceptable in 1776 without computers and printers. Nonetheless, the document is beautifully written.
My unique vector print is available in the American Spells section should you want to order a great collectible t-shirt that I’ve not seen in commercial apparel websites. Most designs are poor scans of the document because people are lazy and they want to make a buck quick.
In addition, if We The People font is commissioned for a special venue, I will take the time to design it, however, calligraphy fonts are more difficult to kern and take many hours of work. Thanks.
|We The People Calligraphy Work|