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Brush class with Marilyn Reaves
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:21:37 PM »
Hopefully we can start adding to some of these other boards as well.

I'm not much of a brush letterer (have only tried it a few times). But I was fortunate enough to take a brush lettering class last year given by Marilyn Reaves! She literally wrote the book on brush lettering with Eliza Schulte, called, Brush Lettering!  ;D  She is a wonderful teacher and I learned soooo much in her class. If you ever have an opportunity and are interested in brush lettering - don't hesitate!

This was my favorite piece from the class. Dreaming of summer days in Maine...


Anyone else do any brush lettering?
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Re: Brush class with Marilyn Reaves
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2014, 09:25:11 PM »
This was a practice to see how many different styles we could come up with using brushes. The workshop was held at a Christian Retreat Center and the entrance road had all these beautiful words stenciled on the ground. I noted them on the way in and added to the list for this exercise. Not so great lettering but really fun to do.

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Re: Brush class with Marilyn Reaves
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2014, 09:28:59 PM »
This was actually the first exercise we did. We were to pick random quotes from random books she had at the front of the room. And then do a quick watercolor "something" to go with it. Talk about pressure. I *loathe* working on anything unplanned and without something to go by. But I was happy with how this came out. I've never painted irises before and just sort of wung it. It's good to get outside our comfort zones!

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Re: Brush class with Marilyn Reaves
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2014, 06:22:50 PM »
You did the lessons so well.

I, too, took an on line class with brush pens, but from another artist.  I'll have to look up her name, and share it later.

I like the way the brushes can sweep across the page in ways that differ widely from a dip pen or a fountain pen.

Thanks for sharing your work.  I don't have any of my practice pieces on line.

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Re: Brush class with Marilyn Reaves
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2014, 08:25:50 PM »
Really like what you did Erica. I'm also interested by brush lettering, even if I try to focus on copperplate and not disperse my energy for now ;)

I started playing with some Tombow Fudenosuke a couple of days ago but that's only simple practice. I ordered some Pentel brushes, I love what people do with them so I guess with some practice I'll be able to do some too (the pen is really hard to use).

One artist I really like is Sergei Shapiro http://www.sergeyshapiro.com, he uses brush pens like Erica uses her nibs: with surprizing ease.

Last but not least, I find a post written by Fozzy talking about brush and tools, some of you may be interested : http://thefozzybook.com/2013/07/making-letters-with-brushes/

My humble attempt:


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Re: Brush class with Marilyn Reaves
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2014, 09:23:55 PM »
Looks like it was a fun class, Erica! I really really want to take more classes... need to find some somewhere...

Vince, thanks for the links, your lettering looks great!

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Re: Brush class with Marilyn Reaves
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2014, 12:39:05 AM »
Thanks Zoe! I like that feedback the brush gives, too. It feels so free. (Which also makes it more challenging!  :D )

Vince, you are a man of many talents! Beautiful brush lettering!!! Thanks for those great links, too. I love, love, love Sergey's work. It is just delicious! I find the pentel brushes difficult, too. But once you get a feel for the motion, it's not bad.

I like to do brush techniques with a cola pen, too. It is very similar to using a ruling pen. I took a great class with Thomas Hoyer years ago. I'll have to dig that out.

Emily, (and others), you might like Martha Lever's online class: Calligrafun. Really fun and I love this style using brush markers.
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Re: Brush class with Marilyn Reaves
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2014, 09:12:08 AM »
It's very nice Vince !! I Love your brush lettering !! I share with all of you,  the beautiful Glen Weisgerber's technic http://youtu.be/F4165Pp8uns
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Re: Brush class with Marilyn Reaves
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2014, 09:32:23 AM »
Wow, that's so crazy, thanks a lot for the link Nora. I received some pentel brush yesterday, I can figure out how great is his dexterity.. really crazy.

Edit: and also, thanks a lot for your encouragement =)
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Re: Brush class with Marilyn Reaves
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2014, 08:40:15 AM »
You're welcome Vince ! This guy is amazing isn't  he ?!!!! :o