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I am a 24 year old hand-lettering aficionado and antiquarian junk collector extraordinaire from Neptune City, New Jersey. I have an extensive music collection and an ever growing library of sign-painting and lettering books. I’m also a connoisseur of screen-printed posters and an avid animal lover and travel enthusiast.

It’s Monday, which means more good mail. Found a neat little show card booklet online last week that I couldn’t pass up. No publication date but I have to imagine it’s either from the teens or twenties. 

#shocards #showcards #signpainting #books #bookhunter #letteringlibrary #readmore #learnmore
Some quick script work, needs some tweaking but I was just going for a more quick and natural look with this than an ultra precise approach.
I did a hand lettering tutorial a few months back for the GoMedia Arsenal. It has over 90 minutes of content and I go over everything from which tools I use, how to select the right ones for the job at hand, where and how to pursue reference material, composition, layout, rough sketches, inking, coloring, texturing and mocking up a design and more. This is a page I just came across again in my notebook from that tutorial - it was kind of an improv bit of the video where I just whipped this together randomly showing the difference in pens (fine liner, brush tip, and parallel pen). 

#gomedia #arsenal #designresource #lettering #handdrawn #handlettering #handtype #goodtype #typespire #thedailytype #typographyinspired #sinktypebook #calligritype #blackletter #calligraphy #brushpen #micron #copic #pilot
A common question I get asked a lot being Instagram’s resident lettering and type book nerd is “what books are cheap and readily available (not OOP) that I can get with good vintage material?”. @louisefili and @thedailyheller make some extremely wonderful modern books that are very well made and packed with beautiful work, and their books usually run around the $20+ range. However, if you’re in a realllll tight spot for money but still want quality - pick these up. Litterally PENNIES plus shipping on Amazon right now.

#lettering #letteringlibrary #books #bookhunter #trademarks #readmore #learnmore
Got an old Impala decal (emblem, name plate, whatever it’s officially called?) today. This was always one of my favorites as a kid and still to this day, cars used to have such stellar lettering. Also nabbed a Mercury one but it needs a bit of serious cleaning. 

#chevrolet #impala #caremblem #decal #chrome #lettering #cars
Another incredible original specimen from Daniel T. Ames in the collection I browsed the other day. This one had some corrections made in white (may be hard to see here) but it’s nice to know even the masters needed to tweak their work from time to time.

#zaner #bloser #zanerian #zanerbloser #penmanship #scrantonuniversity #danieltames #blackletter #calligraphy #goodtype #calligritype #typespire #typographyinspired #typographyjournalsubmission #thedailytype #sinktypebook
Yesterday I got the opportunity to go see the Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection at the Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. It’s an absolutely massive collection with thousands of original specimens, engraving blocks and books - many of which were from my all time favorite penman and lettering artist - Daniel T. Ames. 

This particular piece was a self promotional advertisment for Ames and his partner J.X. Barlow who also rather extraordinary. It was rather large, around 36”x18” and this is the ORIGINAL ink drawing. There were hundred of original pieces I recognized from books I own that he designed and lettered. It was mind-blowing to see this stuff in person and to see the level of accuracy at which he made them. It was one of those moments where I was torn between two feelings - one being “why do I even bother?” and the second being “I need to go home right now and get better”. The second feeling won this round.

#zaner #bloser #zanerbloser #penmanship #scrantonuniversity #scranton #danieltames #calligraphy #lettering #handlettering #handdrawn #illustration #goodtype #thedailytype #typographyinspired #sinktypebook #calligritype #typespire #masterpenmen #penman
Music mail is the best mail (except for my book mail). Got some of these a while back but never posted them.

#turnstile #angeldust #whitereaper #everytimeidie
I’ve been on a serious lucky streak when it comes to enhancing the #letteringlibrary collection lately - nabbed this 1925 treasure penned by D.M. Campana for a cool $30, unreal. It’s not quite what I expected, I was assuming it would be more on ornamentation and bordering, but instead I got a nice big catalog of nouveau illustrations and panels. Certainly a unique addition to my collection, I love it. 

#lettering #decorating #border #ornaments #ornamental #nouveau #readmore #learnmore
Adding in a little custom header to he #letteringlibrary newsletter as we speak. Sending it out at 3 PM (EST) today, if you haven’t signed up yet, head to the link in my profile and do so to be in the loop!

#lettering #handlettering #handdrawn #handtype #goodtype #thedailytype #typographyinspired #sinktypebook #calligritype #typespire