A note from Denis Brown with a link to his homepage. http://www.quillskill.com/
(Purchasing his 6 part series might be a good purchase for our guild.)
Denis Brown here with my calligraphy news mail for August 2011
A 3rd module, 'Freeing the Rhythm: Variation & Swing' is complete & available by online subscription and for those who have pre-ordered the DVD set.
6 new movies on 'Wild Swash Capitals' were uploaded today to Calligraphy.TV to complete the third module in the program, 'Italic Rhythm to Polyrhythm, Expanding Writing Dynamics'. With 108 minutes of video, this is significantly larger than either of the preceding modules on Italic, yet remains at the same price.
Link 1: Subscription and pre-ordering info.
Link 2: Watch the Calligraphy.TV sample movies.
The program as a whole is outlined at www.calligraphy.tv, below is a note on the new module.
Freeing the Rhythm: Variation & Swing
Advanced exercises to liven the italic with increased dynamics and a freer interpretation of rhythmic principles outlined in the Italic Theory & Practice module. Extremely advanced techniques with 'Dangerous lines' and 'Wild swash capitals' will challenge even highly experienced calligraphers. Nonetheless, all levels may be thrilled just watching the live video demonstrations, and picking up useful information without feeling need to master all that is presented right away.
Well over 5 hours of video is now online at Calligraphy.TV including basic advice all the way up to precise instruction on my advanced personal techniques. I have previously announced the complete program would include six hours worth of videos, now it looks likely to have more than eight hours. It may be 2012 before it is all complete, although I am devoting all my time to this when I am not traveling to teach.
Those who have pre-ordered may feel excitement from experiencing the development of this ambitious project as they watch new sections online, as they are released. They may also feel good that their pre-payment directly facilitates my commitment of time to the project. Also they benefit from remaining unaffected from likely price increases due to bad US dollar performance against Euro, as they look forward to a very special package in the mail on publication. (See the forewarning below about impending price increase).
My travelling for workshops in Chicago, Minnesota and Switzerland will provide a break from production until September, and then I shall be developing the more experimental module of the program regarding polyrhythmic calligraphy.
Apple's iPad with its ultra flat 9" screen may be the coolest way to watch calligraphy.tv right at your calligraphy table. Since I received my iPad 2 I've been working to making sure all works well on this device, as also on PC and Mac desktop and laptop computers.
Weak US Dollar rate means pricing must increase in September. Pre-order now to save. I live in Ireland and use Euros but for the convenience of my many US buyers, I price in dollars. The dollar has devalued a lot against the Euro in the past year and my pricing unfortunately needs to be redressed. This notification is a chance to get ahead of the price increase. Those who pre-order are fully pre-paid and will be immune to any price changes.
Images above from live video discussion& demonstration of 'Wild Swash Capitals', a subsection of the new module 'Freeing the Rhythm' in the program, Italic Rhythm to Polyrhythm'
Thanks for reading,
Denis Brown, Dublin, Ireland