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Calligraphy

My New Skillshare Class

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Nov
2013

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In Calligraphy, Class, Graphic Design, Lettering, Press, Promotion, Teaching

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exciting-news

I have been invited to teach an online calligraphy class at Skillshare.com — Digitizing Calligraphy: Designing A Flourished, Calligraphic Logotype from Sketch to Vector.

Don’t be intimidated — while having at least a basic knowledge of pointed pen calligraphy is a plus, it is not required. I will also cover techniques for created a polished design using felt tip pen.

Sign up by December 15th with this link or by clicking the button below and you can receive 25% by entering the coupon code FLOURISH at checkout.

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what-youll-learn

  • Sketching. We’ll start with sketching, covering the basic rules of drawing script letters, and examining opportunities to add flourishes. You will learn to recognize the difference between purposeful flourishes — those that enhance a design — and extraneous ones — those that distract and impede legibility.
  • Adding Flourishes. With a polished sketch in hand, you will then calligraph the design (with a pointed calligraphy pen or a fine tip felt pen) with emphasis on learning special techniques for calligraphing flourishes.
  • Digitizing. Then the computer fun starts! We will bring our design into the computer and polish it further in Photoshop, then vectorize it in Illustrator.* I’ll teach you some special techniques for making sure your final logotype retains the integrity of the stroke contrast, including the charming imperfections of the fine hairlines, that it had as ink on paper.

*You do not have to be an expert in either of these programs. If you do, great, but I will cover absolutely everything you need to know. You don’t even need to have the programs when you sign up. You can download free 30-day trials of both from adobe.com. 

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Comments

  1. Molly, I tried registering for your class but it wouldn’t accept the discount code. How much is the class supposed to be after the 25% discount? Thank you, Gabi

    • Hi Gabi,

      I am so sorry for the inconvenience. Unfortunately I had to change my 25% off promo code because it was already in use by someone else, so I’ve changed it to FLOURISH. I apologize if this caused you an inconvenience! I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

      Thanks,
      Molly

  2. HI, I’d love to sign up but the promo code you provided above is apparently invalid. I’ve tried it twice at Skillshare. Would you be able to let me know what’s the correct code?

    • Hi Zhi,

      I am so sorry for the inconvenience. Unfortunately I had to change my 25% off promo code because it was already in use by someone else, so I’ve changed it to FLOURISH. I apologize if this caused you an inconvenience! I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

      Thanks,
      Molly

      • Hi Molly, that’s great. Thank you. I’m looking forward to learn from you! :)

  3. I’m all signed up! I admire your work so much and I’m really looking forward to the class.

  4. Hi, I’ve tried to sign up using FLOURISH and it says it’s invalid? Could you please help? Thank you!!

    • Hi Julie,

      I’m very sorry that you’re having trouble. I’ve had Skillshare generate another unique URL. Please try going here and using FLOURISH — http://skl.sh/190XU8S

      Thank you for signing up!
      Molly

  5. Very interested in the article in magazine “Bound & Lettered” Fall 2013. In the article found the Greek alphabet that you have designed. Please check the lower case ” m” in the Greek alphabet. Also there is a different “s” in the middle of a Greek word, than on the end of a Greek word.

    • Hi Christine,

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the article. I was raised around the Greek alphabet (due to my mother being a Classicist) and am learning Modern Greek now. I am intrigued and, frankly, in love with Greek letterforms of all eras. When working to create a script alphabet in Greek, I did a lot of research on historical Greek cursive (there’s an incredibly strange and beautiful one created in Germany at the turn of the 20th century that might interest you). The Greek μ I selected has historical basis in Byzantine lettering (since of course Ancient Greeks didn’t have lowercase, I had to look to newer sources for those). I am also aware of the two σ/ς situation, but if you recall, my design was not of the letters all in a row but, rather, of the names of each letter spelled out. Since none end in ς, I didn’t get a chance to use it.

      I love playing with letterforms in English and other languages, and pushing the boundaries of their traditional shapes to create new and modern styles. Thank you again for your interest in my work!

      Molly

  6. Hi- I’m very excited to be receiving your book soon and am looking at this Skillshare class to take- can you tell me what version of illustrator you use/recommend? Also, what scanner would you recommend? Any suggestions for your class would be hugely appreciated!! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent with us!!

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for your questions! The techniques I teach can be done in any version of Photoshop and Illustrator going all the way back to CS3. In my videos I am using CS6 Creative Cloud. As for Photoshop Elements, I’m honestly not too familiar with it so I don’t know. I know that it does NOT replace Illustrator since it can’t do vector art. You can download free 30-day trials of all Adobe software from adobe.com, though.

      You can literally use any scanner that scans at at least 300 dpi. Ideally you’d use one that scans 600 dpi but don’t stress it if you don’t have access to one. (The vast majority of scanners on the market can, though.) My own scanner is nothing special — an HP Deskjet F4480. Pretty middle of the road.

      Hope that helps!
      Molly

  7. Hi, Molly! I’m so looking forward to getting your book!! I’ve been eyeing your skillshare class as well, and am looking to get some new equipment. Can you recommend a scanner? Also, can you recommend which Adobe Illustrator you use and if you think the Photoshop Elements will suffice for both blog photography and Illustrator? (I’m trying to economize :) ) thanks so much for sharing your lovely art with us as well as how to polish our own skill. Adore your work, and can’t wait to get started myself!

  8. Hi Molly,

    I’ve played with calligraphy since I was in middle school and always loved it. But I never did pointed pen calligraphy because for me it was intimidating. But two months ago I ordered your book and once I received and read it ~ I was INSPIRED! I feel like I finally found the missing piece of my creativity by your work and how simple you made learning modern calligraphy. Thank you thank you for sharing your talent. I hope someday to attend one of your workshops maybe even online ? :-) I’m already enrolled in your skillshare class which is awesome.

    Warmest,
    Nickki

  9. Hello!

    I am extremely interested in taking this course but was wondering if you know anything about Inkscape. I have read that it is pretty similar to Illustrator, but is free & open-source. Do you have any idea if your tutorial would be relevant/easy (enough) to follow in that program as well? Or even if I could learn in a 30 day trial of Illustrator & then apply my knowledge to “figure it out” in inkscape..?

    If you aren’t sure or are unfamiliar with the program, no worries! Just thought I would ask!! :)

    Thanks!! :)

    • Hi Hannah,

      Unfortunately I’m not very familiar with Inkscape. I know that it does work with vectors but the specific steps that I show in my tutorial about how to vectorize are likely not going to translate to Inkscape. I think it might be helpful to download that free Adobe trial and then if you can work with the two programs side by side, you may have a better chance of getting Inkscape to work.

      Thanks for the question!
      Molly

  10. Hi Molly…I just discovered Skillshare and signed up for your class. Also, I was thrilled this weekend to find your Modern Calligraphy book at Barnes and Noble. Your lettering is LOVELY and I look forward to being inspired by your work. Thanks :)

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