Song Lyrics - Commissioned Piece - Houston Calligraphy
This client had the wonderful idea of presenting his wife with the song lyrics that they danced to at their wedding for their anniversary. Great gift! I also thought that I would use the pictures to show a glimpse of the process that I use on a piece of this nature.
My process is simple, but requires time. I start by testing the paper with my inks. Then I begin estimating the number of lines that will be needed (hand-written vs the computer type that I received) and the size of the lettering based on the size of paper that the client desires for framing etc. Next, I draw graphite lines on the paper. Then, I write the piece in pencil to estimate centering and reevaluate the number of lines needed etc. This allows me to make centering/spelling changes and shift lines without ruining countless pages of paper (save the trees, please). Then, I ink it and let it dry. After it's dry, I erase the lines and proof-read for the 2nd time. He loved it.....Mission Accomplished!