Good morning from Texas State University’s Intro to Sign Painting class.
Well, we finished week one. The week started off with carpenter’s pencils, with the ideas of sharpies being the next big thing, I felt like they would slide easier over the paper, which they did, but not in the the same fashion that a quill. As I was forming letters, I tried to imagine how the quill would work and how the letter would be fashioned with it.
This is a peek of my favorites from the week.
Following are my daily practices of our block, script, and flash sheets. I feel like I’ve made practice, but I know I have so far to go. I mean someday, I hope to graduate to paint.
During our breaks, we look for lettering brushes. Who would have thought that our class of about 15 people could wipe out some supply here, some supply there, but we’ve done it. There is excitement about our class, and make it even more exciting for me. Sometimes, some will sit and talk, then you’ll find people working on the chalkboard wall. No pressure, a letter a day.
Two more things, what I’m hoping to do next week, play with paint.
And Neil Gaimen’s “Make Good Art” speech:
During my first semester of Typography I spent most of the class intimidated by type, type rules, and was terrified to make mistakes. I had such a hard time with the idea that type could be fun, or even that type needed to fit a project and concept. I could see that type could ruin a project. Anytime I saw comic sans, I thought a little less of the project.
Class would sometimes start off with a show and tell, and I would get inspired. I could see how type could be fun. Projects were still intimidating, but in the back of my mind I remind myself of this video, and think someday I will get here.
Then everything changed when I saw this, and sign painting became something that I needed to do.
Why? Because it was something to do with my hands. It’s useful. It made letters fun. I immediately went to a store in San Antonio that sold sign painting supplies, but was surprised with the lack of reading and learning materials for sign painters. They had the right paint, they had the right brushes, but they didn’t have the instruction that I felt I needed. So, I continued to photograph signs that I thought were inspiring, looked at images in the internet and then Texas State University decided to offer Intro to Sign Painting over the summer. The long wait for summer had started, and that leads me to now….. Intro to Sign Painting has started, and I am going to document my class, share my work from beginning to the end.