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New York: Sign Painting - Half Full Bevel Mock

This consolidated two-day workshop will be held a week after John Downer's annual sign painting course. Students will use lettering brushes, but no prior experience with a brush is necessary. Much of the coursework will involve drafting letterforms, learning about their proportions, and cutting templates. Proper structure and workable color combinations will be addressed, as they provide a foundation for understanding each system.

Monday Morning
Half Block is a sign painters' style of block lettering which includes no curves. All of the letters which would ordinarily have curves are reduced to angled strokes. The outer contour of O is an octagon, which is ideal when reversing the figure-ground relationship.

Monday Afternoon
Full Block is also a sign painters' style of lettering. It is based on Half Block, but it has slab serifs. No curves exist in this style, either. Full Block was used extensively on 19th-century wall signs, most of which were painted on brickwork.

Tuesday Morning
Bevel Edge letters are seen in traditional sign painting. Bevels can be either monochromatic or polychromatic. The illusion created by bevels helps make the face of the letter appear to be in low relief, above the surface of the background.

Tuesday Afternoon
Mock Block is a special treatment seen in sign painting, but not in printing. It's a way of giving a letter a two-tone "close shade" (which makes the letter look as if it were cut out of thick material) and then a "cast shade" on the opposite side. The resulting shade on the underside is in fact the background color.

Details and bookings

Earlier Event: June 20
Paris: Type@Paris