Drawn Roman Capitals

Drawn Roman Capitals
with Julian Waters

Offered by Type@Cooper West
Workshop at Letterform Archive
Sat–Sun, Nov 4–5, 2017
10:00am–5:00pm PT

Using using simple drawing tools, learn the fundamental skeletal proportions of classical Imperial Roman caps, optical spacing, influences of broad edged tools on the weighting of strokes, curves, swells and serifs; connections of hand made forms with early serifed Roman type, relationships between capitals to lowercase, and between serifed Roman and sans serif type forms.

    Required Materials
  • Basic calligraphy supplies you already have including dip pens, black ink (e.g. Higgins Eternal), markers. If you are bringing ink and paper, make sure there is no bleeding.
  • White Layout Paper, quality Tracing Paper
  • Soft, medium and hard Pencils / Mechanical Pencils
  • Small Pigma Micron Ink Pens, black
  • Pilot Parallel Pens, including 6 mm and smaller, black
  • Eraser / Kneaded Rubber Eraser
  • Bottled White eg Dr Martin’s Bleed Proof White
  • Small pointed brush
  • Ruler

A workshop offered by Type@Cooper West, a collaboration between Letterform Archive and The Cooper Union Continuing Education Department, and held in the Monotype Classroom at Letterform Archive.

About Julian Waters

An internationally acclaimed lettering designer with 40 years' experience, Julian Waters studied extensively with legendary calligrapher and type designer Hermann Zapf at RIT, starting in 1979. Zapf later chose Julian to take over his masterclasses there in 1990. Julian’s clients have included the U.S. Postal Service, National Geographic, and many agencies, design studios, institutions and memorials. His typefaces include Adobe Waters Titling Pro family and “ThJefferson” for Monticello. In the 1990s, he taught lettering and typography at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC.

In 2001, he was featured in the “Zapfest” exhibition in San Francisco. For more than 35 years, he has taught lettering workshops all over Canada, USA, Europe, UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. He has taught several times at Cooper Union, NY, and Wells College, NY, including digital font design. He has received many awards and his work has been widely published. In 2014, he was the culminating speaker at the Legacies international calligraphy conference and a lecturer at the “Making Sense” symposium at Texas A&M University. Julian’s parents are the renowned calligrapher, illustrator, author and teacher Sheila Waters and the late bookbinder and international library conservation and preservation expert Peter Waters.

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