The revival project is coming to a close, and now that we’re beginning work on the final, I feel like this is the halfway point.
Today we gave presentations covering what we’d like to work on for our final project. The image above was a slide I showed. It’s weird when you’re giving a presentation, you look briefly at your notes, and you realize you don’t know how to read. Talking casually in front of a room full of absurdly distinguished type masters is hard, but it’s certainly a million times better than doing amature stand up comedy!
Thinking about type intensely everyday is cool. I remember the first time I had a dream about type. It was 2008, and I had been going to art school for about a year. Now I dream about type every night. Type and demons and murderers. Normal stuff!
We’re seeing applications and portfolios steadily flow into the classroom. A new wave of feeling lucky to be here is rushing over me, and I hope I’m making the most of it all.
Homesickness has eased up. I guess everyone gets used to it. It just took me maybe a little longer than other folks. Maybe cause my homies in SF are so dope.
I’ve been thinking a whole lot about spacing. Spacing is the big enchilada in type. People like to say, “It’s not the black shapes, it’s the white shapes between the black shapes!” I think they’re usually just trying to sound provocative and blow minds, but there is supreme, godly truth in it. In our pointed pen class, we learned that we were all spacing our caps too tightly, and that word spaces are much smaller than we thought. Everyone is getting noticeably more skilled before our very laptops.
I’ve learned a shitload about drawing punctuation and accented characters. It’s so nice to ask native speakers how my /ccedilla or /tcaron is looking. This is exactly one of the things I wanted to focus on, and I’m happy to be developing in this areas as well.
I’ve been drawing more too. It’s really easy to get out of the habit of sketching for no reason, but sometimes it’s so nice. Sometimes it actually leads somewhere interesting! I was never naturally good at drawing or illustration, and there was a time in my life that I wouldn’t even consider applying to art school because I thought it was a place for creative geniuses that came out of the womb drawing beautiful nudes. Turns out drawing is like anything else. You suck at it for a long long time and then if you’re still doing it, you suck less. Most of my sketches are still letters, but I’m trying to break out of that here and there.
That’s all for now. If there’s stuff anyone wants me to talk about, just let me know ^_^