I feel like I have written about photographer Sue Bryce prior but I couldn’t find the post so it seems it is worth another mention. I am a HUGE fan of the ‘Before’ & ‘After’ and as you may know already I am a bit of a photography buff, when you put these two together it’s like inspiration manna from heaven for me. Sue Bryce does both exceptionally well, if seeing is believing then you must visit her ‘before & after’ gallery and be prepared to be amazed. I have been a fan of Sue Bryce for awhile, but after recently watching an interview of her telling her story it just resonated with me. I was so inspired and I felt that what she was saying about how she created her success was not just relegated to a photography business but any life goal. I think it’s important especially when you work alone to have a burst of cheerleading that you can do it, but I think that just may be true in general and that everyone can use a good pep talk every now and then. For the record I totally believe in you! I hope that you visit Sue’s site and are as amazed by the beautiful transformations as I have been, she’s such a positive individual I am hoping you walk away from her site feeling a little more beautiful yourself.
*You can read part I of her inspiration for her new font family Dom Loves Mary here.
How long have you been lettering?
Well, I prefer to work with gouache over ink, with the exception of Sumi Ink. I’m always trying out new papers and nibs and I love to work with brushes as well. It really depends on the project as to which I’ll use. I just attended a workshop with Carl Rohrs who is a well known and incredibly talented lettering artist. He had us working with Pentel Color Brushes. He said it’s what he uses for the work that is going to digitized. So I’ve been playing with that recently. My go to nib is a Brause 66 EF. I also like the Nikko G, Hiro 40 (also known as Blue Pumpkin). It’s the one I pull out when I’m working on Crane Lettra envelopes, which are most calligrapher’s nightmare. I have a calligrapher in my guild who has turned me on to some vintage nibs, Esterbrook 956 is one of them. He finds them on E-bay. When I see him at the meetings I beg him to sell me more. He’s my nib pimp:) In a recent order from John Neal Bookseller, I bought a pad of Clairefontaine paper it’s like butter! If I am doing an original piece for someone’s home, I make sure to use an archival paper. Arches hot press is one that I use a lot.
A couple of weeks ago I sent out a desperate plea for more podcast suggestions and you were all so generous and helpful (as always). My taste in podcasts veer more towards the science + history variety, but I did see one from one of my fave letterers Annmarie of Scout’s Honor Co. that peaked my interest. Annmarie suggested ‘After the Jump’ by Grace Bonney (yes, of Design Sponge fame). I wasn’t sure if it would be my thing as it’s neither science nor history related, but I saw that the host had interviewed stylist extraordinaire Sibella Court who I am completely infatuated with so I gave it a go. The show was great, very well produced and the questions that Grace poses are questions that you really want to know answers to not the fluffy, trivial kind. I have listened to nearly all of the episodes now and if you are running a creative business (or thinking of one day doing so) I can’t recommend it enough. For the record, I think Grace needs to have Annemarie on the show as she seems like she would be a really interesting interview!