… the shot in higher resolution as full preview you may find here: 1600x1200
... this is the second calligraphic eagle I’m reproducing. It’s always based on an artwork which I found in an antique book (1890). What you see here, is the intermediate result. – Believe me, vectorizing this one is really a tough job – at least for me.
I’m reproducing this beautiful eagle for a friend. He will use it on the start page of a web project dedicated to »Penmanship«, »Calligraphy« and »Lettering«.
2 months ago
not bad, my friend ... not bad !!
@TAS Herzlichen Dank, Bernd!!! ... it is bad – it makes me dream of handles and anchor points!
Wow man :)
@Csaba Gyulai Thank you so much, Csaba!
Looking great man. I just went through a series of over forty rare books on calligraphy and penmanship I have and came across a lot of these birds and other animals made with the pen strokes. It always fascinates me too see these labour-intensive attempts.
@Thank you so much for your nice comment, Gert! I’m really »obsessed« of penmanship. Whenever I find a book dedicated to calligraphy and/or penmanship in antiquarian bookshops or online libraries, I catch it.
I appreciate the work that went into it.
@Julian Hrankov Huge, huge thanks, Julian! – Believe me, it’s a challenge. ... you need nerves of steel to vectorize it.
Just wow! I don't thinking you have kids :) well done Arno.
@Rudy Hurtado Global Branding Thank you so much, Rudy! ... besides: I have a daughter but she isn’t a kid anymore!
beautiful work @Arno! I'd like to see the Illustrator 'outline mode' screenshot with all the points selected...just to see how many there are!
Oh look an eagle!! ;)
@Nikita Prokhorov Thank you so much, Nikita! – Here is the Screenshot. I’m still working on it, … maybe still for many, many hours (days?!)!!!
Looks fantastic. And...point overload!!!
@Nikita Prokhorov I’ll send you the screen of the final version when the job is done and you will note the difference! :D
I'm sure you'll be cleaning up quite a few of these points. ;)
Beautiful! And crazy work!
If you like penmanship vectors, I've also vectorized some great calligraphic ornaments from a nineteenth century typographic book.
Free Download here: http://www.vectorian.net/collections/free-vintage-vectors/products/110-vector-calligraphic-illustrations
Very inspiring, Arno. I've literally gone out an bought calligraphic pens because of you and a few others on the dribbbs. Nowhere near posting anything yet, but I'm having fun learning it.
@Blake N. Behrens Thank you so much for your nice comment, Blake! ... curious to see your pen work!
it's unbelievable how penmasters used to do things like this freehand in few minutes with a nib. i started learning spencerian this weekend and i think i will be blown out for several years to come before reaching a merely decent level. right now i even have difficulties sleeping cause when i fall asleep i started dreaming letters and i wake up immediately wanting to try something. anyway, very good vectorizing work
@Francesco Correani You are really spunky! I wish you all the best, patience and nerves of steel for this challenge!!!
Hey Arno, seems to be coming along nicely! Quick question on the screenshot you linked to in your comment to @Nikita Prokhorov: How are you going about handling this project? Are you working on cleaning up an autotrace or redrawing it from scratch? It's a little hard to tell from the zoom level of your screenshot, but like Nikita said, there seems to be a LOT of points, lol. Without knowing fully what it looks like up close, my gut tells me you could benefit from losing a lot of the points, giving you far fewer handles to move. :)
super cool. Sehr Spitze. Ich Liebe.
@Ryan Hamrick I auto-traced it (with Vector Magic) from a scan, which I cleaned up before in PS. The mess of points and handles you see on the screenshot is round about 20% less than I had at the beginning. I’m working with »Better Handles«, so it isn’t that difficult to clean it up quick and precise. The final result will have round about 20% to maximum 30% of what you see know.
@kirk visola Thank you so much, Kirk! ... herzlichen Dank!!!
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