Explore letterform variations using the full potential of brushes.
Fear the unruly brush no more! During this inky workshop over four consecutive Wednesday evenings (October 5, 12, 19 & 26), students will learn all about taming flat and round brushes to create unique and freshly painted letterforms. First, we’ll get acquainted with the tools: see what they can do and learn how to handle them. Then we’ll break down the basic properties and dynamics of each kind of brush (pressure, twists, speed) and understand how to make the most of them when designing letters.
Along the way, we‘ll explore how to use these brushes to render different kinds of letterforms with a unique brush-y flavor. We will also break some rules (responsibly!) and combine different brush properties to create shapes that go way beyond the obvious.
By the end of the workshop, students will have made friends with brushes and rendered a word in many different styles, using distinct brush properties. These explorations will become a visual library of their process, as well as a repertoire of possibilities and combos to be used in the future when crafting letterforms. Students' artwork will be ready to be applied as is or it can be developed further into lettering or a full-blown typeface.
Diversity and Equity are important to all of us at Letterform Archive, and we are committed to increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups within the type and design communities.
We are offering one BIPOC/Equity scholarship seat in this workshop.
To apply for this scholarship, please complete and submit to us the short form linked here at least a week prior to the start of the workshop.
Aline Kaori (she/her) is a freelance lettering artist, calligrapher, in-progress type designer and teacher based in São Paulo, Brazil. She is also part of Cyla Costa Studio. Her custom letters have helped brands such as Budweiser, Vivo, Natura, and Tiffany&Co connect with their audience in a unique, personal way. Since 2013, she has been fully dedicated to honing her craft, teaching workshops, and offering consultancy and critiques on lettering and calligraphy. Her work has been featured in Tupigrafia and Typism Book, and her very first typeface, Pitaya Italic, was selected for the Tipos Latinos Biennial in 2018. She recently finished the TypeParis program, where the Empadinha type family was born and awarded distinction.