Stephanie Fishwick Interview Part II

Stephanie Fishwick Interview Part II via Besotted Blog

Thank you everyone to the positive feedback on Stephanie’s part I interview, so happy to hear that you love her as much as we do!  Stephanie did not hold back and I think you will find a ton of supplies + resources to look into after this interview. Also, a Happy Birthday to Stephanie is in order!  Thank you Stephanie so much for making this such an amazing interview!

//STEPHANIE FISHWISCK INTERVIEW PART II//

What are some of your favorite supplies?

My favorite things now are my ruling pens and folded pen. I’m also loving a folded pen I made from a coke can. When doing pointed pen work, my favorite every-day supplies are the hourglass adjustable oblique pen holder with a Nikko G nib. The Tachikawa T-36 is my favorite straight holder. For brush lettering I use the Cotman 222 series brushes by Windsor & Newton, Rekab No. 314 Kolinsky Sable Brushes and various synthetic brushes with tiny tips. I love my bamboo brush. I use carbon-based black ink, pigmented ink for a luminous or crystalline look, and acrylic ink for color. Higgins Eternal is my favorite carbon-based ink. It’s great and very affordable and I go through black ink fast. I also love Moon Palace sumi ink. For acrylic work I am a big fan of Dr. Ph. Martins series. (Acrylic inks require more cleaning and attention to the nib, but I prefer them to gouache). I use a lot of watercolor in my work, as well. Favorite papers: hot press and cold press watercolor papers. For large final pieces I use 110 lb – 300 lb mould-made, pH neutral, papers that are 100% cotton. Some favorite brands are Fabriano, Aquarelle, Ingres and Arches. For things I will scan, as opposed to an original art piece, I like Canson Market Pro Layout or even 100% cotton resume paper that I find at an office supply store. The lower-end pads of Canson and Strathmore, cold-press 140lb paper for example, are great for my drafts or quick work.

Can you go a little into your process of how you work on a project?

My process is hard to describe. I had to ask my husband about his observations before I could put this into words! I write down ideas in lists a lot and mull things over in my head for a bit before drawing it out. I may spend two days thinking about an idea and then I’ll put it to paper in lots of different versions. Other times I’ll just want to do calligraphy without any goal in mind and come up with something I love. Many days I will sketch or write like 30 pages worth of quotes or words before I come up with the final piece that I like…or nothing good at all. Sometimes after writing a word 50 times I realize one of the first ones was my favorite. For client work I am way more scheduled and organized.

Any tips for newbies on how to develop their own style?

I would encourage newbies to learn Copperplate from a teacher who has mastered the form. Acquire the best materials, and set up a designated calligraphy work space for yourself. Everyone’s hand is different, so literally going with your flow will produce unique results. I think that any new styles work best when the architecture of the letters come from traditional copperplate.

Any recommendations of books or classes for lettering enthusiasts to further their studies?

Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual by Eleanor Winters, Calligraphy in the Copperplate Style by Herb Kaufman, Foundations of Calligraphy by Sheila Waters, Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age by Steven Heller and Louise Fili, Zanerian.com: Dr. Joe Vitolo’s site chock full of tutorials, lessons, guides, you-name-it, he’s got it covered., IAMPETH: The go-to for all-things pointed pen, and classes in your area. Check out your local guild for information on local classes. A Place to Flourish has a nice round-up of US Guilds.

Do you have some favorite projects you would like me to mention?

I create these little crests and wedding monograms and I recently launched a way for anyone to create their own custom piece on my site.

I’m working on a book cover right now that I’m really excited about. Last month I calligraphed tattoos for a couple celebrating their anniversary, which was just too cool.

Any advice on what ‘not’ to do?

Don’t doubt yourself as a lettering artist. I find it difficult to do that in the face of the internet, and basic human nature for comparison. I would say don’t get complacent in your study of fine art, its history, and your personal inspirations as you create your own style. This is something I am constantly working at.

Name one random talent you have that people may not know?

For a long time I was big into making artist books! I don’t make them anymore, but it fits well with calligraphy so maybe I will bring that back someday!

 

Stephanie Fishwick Interview Part I

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This interview has been a long time coming and I have unfortunately (and unfairly) been sitting on it for way too long. How could I?  I will blame it on sleep deprivation, I hope both you and the talented Stephanie Fishwick will take that as a legitimate excuse and forgive me the long wait. I must preface this interview by saying that Stephanie’s work is a Besotted fave, we are uber fans, so much so that we tapped Stephanie to work on illustrations for our top secret project, that hopefully will not take as long to launch as this here interview.

If you are not familiar with her work I think you will be pleasantly surprised to discover such an amazingly, fresh, talented original artist. Stephanie’s interview is as thorough and detailed as her work, I think as a fellow lettering enthusiasts you will love it. So without further ado…

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Vintage Inspired Font Family

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I love a good font family, you? True North by Cultivated mind is truly a great find. If you have been itching to add a vintage family to your font arsenal so you could re-create all those popular hipster icons you see everywhere then I highly recommend it.  It’s also 50% off right now until August 9th, so I would scoop it up while they are practically giving it away.  Although, I like the family as a whole, (their sample graphics give plenty of jumping off inspiration to get you started on your own hipster design bonanza), what I really think is great (and versatile) is the script font it reminds me of another font that I have been coveting but at a fraction of the price (for now).  I like that it can easily be taken out of context here and used when there was a need for a school girl type font (for lack of a better descriptive). It’s just girly enough without verging into the too sweet category. I also like their banners (this is free!), labels and symbols (a good bear graphic is hard to find). Well, I better stop blabbering on about True North since time is running out on the discount and you need to get over there quick! See you soon!

P.S. If you ever use any of the fonts we suggest in your designs and want to share please send us an email, we would love to see what you have created!

LETTERING SUPPLY RESOURCE LIST!

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I have wanted to create this for a while, but it was easier said than done!  I have finally put together a list of supplies to start your lettering journey in an easy (I hope) visual guide. I didn’t get specific on all the nibs or nib holders, I may create another gallery for a more advanced supplies list but this is the list I get the most emails on and it covers everything from books/classes to the paper and ink I recommend.

If you have questions or have requests of what you would like to find lettering wise, please let me know and I will try to address them for future add-ons to the gallery.

Be back soon!

P.S. The lettering font I used at the top of the post can be found here!

MACARONS A HAND LETTERED FONT FAMILY

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Oh, hello there! I am still here, just a little behind on getting some of the new functionality up for the site, mainly having all the fonts I’ve recommended in one place, the supplies, oh, the supplies, I need to get a one page of all the lettering supplies because I get hundreds of emails about supplies and I don’t have one place for you to look for them at a glance, tsk tsk. It does warm my heart to no end to see that some of you have been inspired enough by my lettering love posts to actually try it yourself either via workshops or on your own, keep it up! I don’t want lettering and hand-lettered correspondence to go the way of the Dodo so I encourage you to keep at it, tell a friend, heck better yet send said  friend a handwritten letter! The lettering artist interviews, those too need their own easy accessible page (and deserve to be highlighted, always grateful that these artists are willing to share their secrets with us). This is all a learning curve for me the back end of a WordPress site (and uhm, the whole new mommy gig), even with help from some terrific coders and input from a delightful new partner I am still being a bit daft with the whole thing. There’s so much that we want to add to this site, but it’s important to us that the information is easy for you to access and the site easy to navigate and that seems like it is always easier said than done.

Speaking of hand lettering, Coto Mendoza of Latinotype just developed this charming font called Macarons (the blogosphere should appreciate that). It’s a bit more rustic than Woolen, (they are similar but different enough that I would use them both happily).  Macarons also has the additional ‘sketchy’ version and some cursive ‘catch words’, it’s a nice little font family and it’s on sale right now so a bargain to boot! I do hope you enjoy this find!

P.S. If you are looking for some more charming font action, may I recommend Suarez to you?

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