For one reason or another, I was set on drawing something for Valentine's Day this year. Steering clear of hearts and whatnot, I instead took a casual approach with some cheeky self-referencial text and a little flourished pointed pen-inspired lettering. Later, I asked James Tucker of The Aesthetic Union out in San Francisco to make a small edition of prints for me. An image of the final printed piece, as well as additional background info, can be found here:
If you'd like a print for your sweetheart, you can order one here:
10 months ago
ha...this is cool
Hi Ken, I just ordered a print, but have a small issue, I tried emailing you but it seems the email address is wrong, what's the best email to use?
Nitish and Nikita: I appreciate the enthusiastic response. It was a lot of fun to draw!
Sye: Thanks for your order. You can email me at: ken2007 [at] typeandlettering [dot] com
I think you need a few more tags, mate.
Great work again Ken!
@Kris Sowersby Gotta cover the bases. Did I miss anything? ;)
Smooth, Ken! Very smooth.
oh man, this looks fantastic!
simply beautiful, and perfect for Valentines.
It's amazing how consistently good you are at this stuff.
You forgot to tag it with "typography" for all the clueless folks who search popular tags! Looks amazing, as always, would love to have your skills for a day! Love the split stem on the 'p'.
@Joseph Alessio Good point. I suppose that would go for "calligraphy" too. ;)
that y is truly special.
What a beauty!
Bifurcation wowee, this is so lovely.
Love this Ken, it is just my type!
by Ken Barber
Here's the first draft for a recent personal project, a small print I designed with Valentine's Day in mind. Although the proportions of the final piece ended up slightly more condensed, the composition changed very little. The small arrows dotting the tracing paper acted as notes to myself as I prepared to draw a tighter sketch, before finally vectorizing the lettering.
You can pick up a print here:
And find more info on the project on my blog:
10 months ago
A detailed shot of the final letterpress piece printed by James Tucker from The Aesthetic Union. James slathered on the ink and hit the hefty 220 lb. stock hard.
I added a few more details about my project, along with another image where you can see compare the initial sketches to the final piece:
You can find the prints here:
More fine work by James Tucker:
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