Classic Typography Book

Recently, I stumbled across a used book for a price that I consider it to be a huge deal titled “ The Mystic Art of Written Forms, an Illustrated Handbook For Lettering “ by Friedrich Neugebauer. Since the Otter Creek Used Books was located close to where I live, it’s a gem where usually hard to find or out of print books can be found in there. Interestingly enough, when I lived in Cleveland, Ohio, there was a similar chain called Half Price Books that their storefronts were huge in scale that I would spend a couple of hours perusing and looking for specific titles especially when doing research on my illustration or design work. Or simply for reference gathering.

And when I first saw this book, my jaw dropped while looking at the interior pages. I knew the style looked familiar and the more I leafed through it, the book was a must buy for my library of art books and reference. I discovered that this book was published in 1981 before the internet days and one can tell by the lack of web URLs and how the pages were designed. I’ve been working on a small personal project that relates to medieval style calligraphy or hand writing which led me to this find. This book by Neugebauer is a classic which I can’t wait to finish reading and one in which will help formulate ways or approaches to font or type layout. This is not just for graphic designers, but illustrators or artists that can make good use out of it.

After all, Friedrich Neugebauer is one of the design gods.

Cover of the Neugebauer book.

Cover of the Neugebauer book.

Stunning, isn’t it?

Stunning, isn’t it?

After having seen this page, I knew I had to have this book.

After having seen this page, I knew I had to have this book.

Dark Desecration Poster Arrives

In the mail, the poster print has just arrived a few days ago from Society6 with a glossy surface appearance which is expected. Because of the price alone, it’s quite reasonable for those who like to keep it simple and put on the wall. But for those who prefer something a bit fancier, the art prints are the way to go due to the archival photo paper stock and print quality. I’m pleasantly surprised at how well this came out as a few other pieces of mine are now included in the poster category besides art prints.

The entire poster shown here.

The entire poster shown here.

Close up of the details.

Close up of the details.

This is thickness of the poster and the glossy surface’s appearance

This is thickness of the poster and the glossy surface’s appearance

New Poster Offer At Society6!

Just recently, I had noticed that my Society6 store now has offered a new wall art in the form of a poster which is a cheaper alternative to art prints for those who may be interested. They measure in 18 x 24 inches in size at around $20 which is a very good deal especially when special sales occur weekly.

As you can see the photo below, one can find posters in the menu section seen here.

This is a screenshot of my account with the posters in the red rectangle for illustration purposes.

This is a screenshot of my account with the posters in the red rectangle for illustration purposes.

And in the next image shown is a screenshot of my actual piece now available as a poster print. Art prints tend to be a bit more expensive but the paper quality is photo archival stock however.

Screenshot of my actual poster print.

Screenshot of my actual poster print.

I just ordered this poster and will see how it looks once it arrives in the mail within a few days or so. From there, I’ll have an update of it on my Instagram and here as well. Not only did they have posters but wood block art which is a pretty cool thing and something that I also have available in one of my images with the Oni Demon. Exciting stuff!

Airbrush on Fencing Mask

This was the fourth fencing mask, a used one the coach let me borrow, I just painted with my airbrush which was supposed to be on display at the recent Middlebury Annual fencing tournament, however there wasn’t time and one of the parts went missing. It turned out I misplaced the crown cap that went missing and had to go to an airbrush forum for help on finding the right part for it. After all, as a completist myself, I like having my airbrush entirely intact and ready for use. Fortunately, a good samaritan quickly responded to a post I made and offered to send me a part by mail which just saved me a lot of time and trouble.

One can see that the Medea part that came in the mail actually fit my classic Iwata HP-C beautifully which has lasted me for over 20 years and still going like a workhorse.

The crown cap. One can see the label showing the model part relating to it.

The crown cap. One can see the label showing the model part relating to it.

The crown cap in close up that fits nicely on my airbrush.

The crown cap in close up that fits nicely on my airbrush.

And then once I was able to figure out how to clear up the fluid nozzle, the needle glided perfectly back and forth without any resistance of dried paint internally. It was like the good old days have returned with restored fine lines during the test run. From that point on, I started to use the black, white and red Wicked Color set to finish up the fencing mask project. The result ended up as a gargoyle or some sort of demonic face with horns.

Front part of the mask.

Front part of the mask.

One side of it.

One side of it.

Fencing Squad Shirt 2019

As a new addition to the design gallery, the competitive squad shirt for the Vermont Fencing Alliance has been recently completed. A fellow fencer once approached me about how she had nightmares of a squid holding several blades and that I mentioned how I could draw it, considering the ‘lovecraftian’ nature of tentacles and dark art that compels me. Due to the club’s recent slight restructuring of the team that now includes all adults and teenagers instead of just the Junior Team, a new identity would be in need to show a sense of unification and attitude.

I set out to go with the Kraken and add in a pirate’s patch along with four blades. As tempted as I was going to make it seem like the goddess Kali, that decision led to restraint to focus on the actual weapons my club uses ranging from electric epee and foil while saber wasn’t the specialized discipline. I added in the pirate’s cutlass instead just for the fun of it. And once it was finished, it went to a Redbubble account owned by my coach so that anyone in the club can purchase it without need of going to a local shirt manufacturer.

Also, stickers are part of the store offering which I’m planning to buy one for my next sketchbook!

VFA Competitive Squad shirt

VFA Competitive Squad shirt