Certificate Core: Introduction to Roman Capitals

Certificate Core: Introduction to Roman Capitals
with Gen Ramírez

Type West Certificate Program
Online Workshop
Wed, Mar 3, – Thu, Mar 11, 2021
5:00pm–8:00pm PDT

Participants will explore the historical roots and anatomy of the Roman Capitals. We'll study stylistic properties and structural elements of the Capitals to get a deeper understanding of the history and evolution of the Latin script.

Using a brush and following closely Edward Catich's model and teachings we will construct letters stroke by stroke exploring their essential geometry and gestures.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the anatomy and structure of Roman Capitals
  • Become familiar with the basic techniques of brush manipulation
  • Apply principles of letter construction
  • Required Materials
    • 1/2" Flat Brush and any other flat brush you want to try. (We recommend W & N series 995)
    • Sumi Ink or tube of black gouache
    • Pencil, eraser, sharpener
    • Drafting tape
    • 12" ruler (or bigger)
    • Reliable internet connection and Zoom app
    • Large pad of paper (12" x 18" or larger; we recommend the Canson Sketch XL Pad)
    • Note: This workshop is only open to students enrolled in the Type West Certificate Program in Type Design.

About Gen Ramírez
Gen Ramirez

Gen Ramírez is a typeface designer, graphic designer, calligrapher and sign painter from Guadalajara, Mexico. His strong interest and passion for brushes and letterforms developed since a young age as he was taught mastery of sign-painting in his father’s workshop. It later led him to graduate from TypeMedia at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague as well as completing both Type@Cooper Extended program in San Francisco and Condensed in New York. He teaches calligraphy, sign-painting, and type design workshops and leads Letrastica Festival, a type conference in Guadalajara. He works at the type design studio DualType with his wife Zrinka Buljubašić.

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