September 27th, 2018 by D. T. Grimes
Over the past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time accumulating images in a digital archive so that I can reference them when I work on designs of my own. Occasionally, I find myself staring at a historical specimen that seems like it could have been something I’d done myself. Whether it’s the sentiment, the execution, or something about the style or tastes of the artist, I try to listen to those moments of inspiration and my hand naturally gravitates to the pen.
April 16th, 2018 by D. T. Grimes
Over the last year, my interest has shifted towards a more rounded and historical approach to penmanship and script lettering as it was done by the penmen of the past. During this transition, I’ve felt myself endeared to a style of penmanship that had eluded my intrigue for some time: Business Penmanship.
Amidst this refocusing, I’ve found myself drawn to those with a distinctly technical, yet philosophical approach to their writing. One figure that stands at the forefront of that list is a gentleman named Michael Gebhart, a penman since 2015 living in Nashville, TN.
November 15th, 2017 by D. T. Grimes
A few years ago, I stumbled upon a woman named Nina Tran on Instagram who was spearheading a hashtag initiative called ‘Handlettered ABCs’. Without asking, I jumped in and started broadcasting corresponding majuscule lessons each morning after she had concluded her minuscules on Periscope. As the following weeks passed, I quickly learned how sincere, genuine, and talented my new friend really was.
During my first visit to teach in LA, Nina and I finally got to meet in person. It was then that I learned Nina was much much more than just a community leader — she’s an artist and dreamer in her own right. I’m so excited to be able to conduct this interview and help to shed a bit more light on the other facets of Nina that make her rise to her prominent place in the Copperplate world all the more impressive. You can find more information about Nina on her website, anintran.com, and follow her incredible progress on Instagram.
March 30th, 2017 by D. T. Grimes
I was so fortunate to be able to visit such a lovely little town along the California coast this month and teach my Dreaming In Script – Part I calligraphy workshop covering the fundamentals of Engrosser’s Script calligraphy. Our incredible hosts, Hive & Hum, had an absolutely breathtaking space prepared for us and we definitely hope to be back. Here are some photos from the wonderful day!
January 24th, 2017 by D. T. Grimes
Mr. James Fazz Farrell is a calligraphy artist and teacher of Spencerian and Roundhand from Buckinghamshire, England. His work was first called to my attention in 2015, by a student who had begun to study online with James through video calls on Skype. Those of you who have taken workshops or lessons with me know the high regard in which I hold James and his outstanding writing ability, and it is my most sincere honor to be able to share this interview with all of you so that we might better know the man behind the pen. You can find James and his work on his site, at www.jamesfazzfarrell.blogspot.it, or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/james_fazz_farrell.
December 19th, 2016 by D. T. Grimes
Edward Curran is a calligrapher and up-and-coming pen maker from Bedfordshire, England whom I had the incredibly fortunate opportunity to become friends with during the IAMPETH Conference in the summer of 2015. Edward is an Irishman, through and through, and our friendship stems from our mutual affection for the pen as well as his incredible patience with this thing I do where I adopt the accent of anyone I meet (Thanks for putting up with me, Ed!). You can find out more about Edward and his work on his site, at www.currancalligraphy.co.uk, or on Instagram at instagram.com/curran_calligraphy.
December 1st, 2016 by D. T. Grimes
Last night, I had the unique opportunity to demonstrate my love of Engrosser’s Script alongside two of my incredible students, Mr. Brandon Bartell, and Mrs. Kimi Tang at a Portland calligraphy and design event hosted by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
While my hands are still recuperating from four hours of non-stop as-fast-as-you-can writing, I hope to explain exactly why I think things like this are important for your writing progress, how you can seek them out, and ultimately how to organize them.
October 25th, 2016 by D. T. Grimes
Mr. Joan Quirós is a graphic designer who specializes in custom lettering and calligraphy, and currently lives and works in Valencia, Spain. Over the last three years, I’ve kept a vigilant eye on Joan’s work as he grew into the formidable calligrapher that he is today. Luckily, he agreed to speak with me about his journey so that I may share it with you. You can find Joan and his work on his site, at www.joanquiros.com, or on Instagram at instagram.com/joanquiros.
October 21st, 2016 by D. T. Grimes
If we’re going to talk about ritualizing practice, we really should cover what practice looks like. Raise your hand if you’re guilty of sitting down with a pen and burning through page after page of frustratingly poor script only to feel overwhelmed at the end of the a writing session. The truth is, while that kind of thing is sorta necessary at the beginning, it’s also something that you can move past early on. Putting mileage on your pen is certainly one way to improve, but is it the best way? I don’t think so.
August 14th, 2016 by D. T. Grimes
One of my projects this year is learning to be more efficient in my study of Engrosser’s Script. To some, it may seem that the only way to improve your script is to sit down at the table and make marks on a page. And while I agree to some extent, there are deeper aspects to pursuing penwork, like becoming sensitive to what your body has to say about your writing on any day of the week.