Monograms: Your Very Own Custom, Hand Drawn Personal Logo

The next classes are Saturday, April 23d and 25th at Gallier Historic House in New Orleans French Quarter. 

Experience the classic process of creating a custom monogram through an immersion in vintage typography, monograms, crests, seals, calling cards, and more. In this hands-on class (with as many breaks as we want) examples of vintage monograms, lettering styles and engraving will be on display–students will learn to make new symbols, traditional monograms, and letterforms using these historic pieces as inspiration. By tracing, combining then retracing existing forms, new, totally original designs, monograms and letterforms will be created.

For anyone tech-curious or savvy: We will touch upon the digital side of converting drawn monograms into vector files with Adobe Illustrator. And, a brief description of the special, “Ah Ha!” moment trick will be revealed whereby an actual monogram can be digitally rendered in 10-15 minutes (no kidding!).*

In addition to walking away with your very own, custom, hand-drawn monogram sketch on tracing paper, everyone will learn where to download two FREE digital fonts directly from Monotype (the largest, oldest font development company in the world) that were created from old engraver’s lettering styles.

While this is in no way a digital class—its all about the drawing—feel free to bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop! Or come without one, either way, it will be engaging, educational, and fun.

* The the famous, “Ah-ha” moment special feature taught only in this class was the brainchild of type designer James Puckette, Dunwich Type Founders.

All classes are given by Nancy Sharon Collins, stationer extraordinaire.


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