Bones of Painted Letters
It’s a fascinating must-have book! Gerard Richardson, scenic artist.
Signwriting is an art, a trade and a craft going back 2000 years. Having returned from the brink of extinction in the 80s, NGS today lead the young designers and artists across UK and the wider world, who are fast taking up the brush and re-kindling this fine artistic trade in ways the inspire the older generation of signmasters. Old-school meets new-school is the mission of this book.
Plainly speaking, painting letters is a beautiful thing to do.
This manual intends to show the DNA of all the keystone principles of the craft, showing precise sharp lettering techniques that have never previously illustrated in such detail. It features micro knowledge of brushstrokes, vintage letter shapes and pure letter design.
Backed up with a historical perspective and cornerstone modern day project application.
To the renowned sign-masters, Noel Weber, Tobias Newbigin, Chris Dobell and David Smith who contribute to the pages lighting the way for the next generation of the craft.
The first of 4 Books full of the Bones of Letters from the London Signsmiths’ lettering school of NGS.
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Noel Weber USA
A book filled with knowledge, Fun to read and learn from.
Dave Smith UK
Great little book with plenty of knowledge of this old craft. Thanks also for including me inside Nick Garrett a keeper for years to come for the younger generation.
Anne McDonald NZ
Fantastic book. I love mine to bits. Thank you Nick Garrett
42 years in the making – 4 years in the editing – 88 pages of dedicated resource.
‘Bones of Painted Letters’ – Book 1
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In this book – the first of four – Nick focuses on painted, sans-serif letters from London, NYC and Milan and he manages to convey such a weath of information, history, technique and passion in these pages that I would suggest this an essential edition to any creative or budding letterers library.
His dedication to the brush and the letter is tangible in every page and the wisdom he has amassed over many years honing the craft is delivered in this – a clear and engaging ‘signwriting manual’.
I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
Nick has taken the time to go into the history as well as the Technics of how to correctly paint the letters.
I must also say that I attended a two-day weekend course at Nick’s studio which again was excellent for anyone considering doing sign work of all genre. Thanks Nick
‘Signwriting as an art, a trade and a craft going back 2000 years. Having come back from the brink of extinction in the eighties, today the young designers and artists across the world are taking up the brush and re-kindling this fine artistic trade in ways the inspire the older generation of signmasters. This book intends to make that start a successful beginning of a fulfilling creative journey’.
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NGS London Diploma Signwriting Courses
This 2 day course is intended to be two things: a celebration of the art of signwriting and an in-depth insight into the technical mechanics that lie behind that art… it ends up being a lot of fun too! 5 Days gives you greater depth and range of practice.
This weekend study unit can be added to Level 4 Diploma in Signwriting (DipSL417) https://ngssignwritingedu.wordpress.com/