Pushing Pencils and Pulling Pens: Lettering Fundamentals

Pushing Pencils and Pulling Pens: Lettering Fundamentals
with Nils Lindstrom

Type West Public Workshop
Workshop at Letterform Archive
Sat–Sun, Sep 21–22, 2019
10:00am–5:00pm PT

If you’ve only just started drawing letters this weekend course with veteran letterer and instructor Nils Lindstrom is ideal for learning the fundamentals.

Saturday is “Pen Day” with a short lecture on the history and evolution of letterforms. Nils will demonstrate the Old Style roman with flat-tipped pen and lead a one-on-one workshop with calligraphy pens.

Sunday is “Pencil Day” with a short lecture on drawing strategies. Following a demonstration, students will draw letters in Modern serif, sans serif, and script styles.

Required Materials
  • Mechanical drafting pencil
  • Calligraphy pen markers: 5.0 and 3.5
Provided Materials
  • Graph paper
  • Tracing paper
About Nils Lindstrom

Nils grew up in the ’50s and ’60s on a farm in Eastern Idaho. It was there he forged his work ethic and desire to trade hoes and shovels for pencils and pens. In high school he felt the tug of art and design pulling him into its orbit. At Ricks College (now BYU Idaho) he slipped into the gravitation field of graphic design and made a hard landing at the ArtCenter College of Design in 1978 where his love affair with lettering bloomed. In 1987 he became a lettering instructor at ACCD.

Nils became a close friend with the late great Doyald Young and was mentored by him for 25 years.

He and his wife, Loraine Parson Lindstrom have five children and thirteen grandchildren.

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