Once again, the days are filled with drawing and carving, drawing and carving - i cannot tell you how quickly they fly by.
Another short week due to these blasted bank holidays sees me spend just 2 full days in the workshop, and the rest of the days wishing I was in the workshop.
This week I completed the tweaks to the Trajan alphabet and transferred onto the slate. All that remains is to sharpen chisels and carve it, [...or bottle it and have a practice go instead]
This week some minor, but essential, corrections to letters and spacing is all that stands between between me an a finished Trajan alphabet. I did some stone preparation by hand and machine. It is all coming on nicely...
Week two has been spent going 'back to basics', learning the alphabet - specifically the 'rules' which govern the proportions and design of the Trajan Roman Alphabet. Sounds simple, but the difference between a letter and a beautiful letter can be be very small.
Week one, done. Just a three day week, but plenty to chew on. So much to learn. Back to the not-so-basic basics with Trajan Romans and a lot of drawing.
Next week I begin my Journeyman placement with master letter carver Chris Elsey. I will be joining him and Tom Sargent in The Stone Carving & Lettering Studio workshop where they design and make beautiful things. Exactly what i will be doing on day one is yet to be revealed, but i am excited to find out... back to basics with Trajan caps and foundational hand perhaps. Whatever it is, the next several weeks should help me begin to better analyse letter forms and thus draw and carve them with a new understanding.