gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Default)
Well, I'm in the swing of things with calligraphy once again, and in need of some extra practice, so...if any of y'all would like to receive something small that's hand-calligraphed and wax-sealed in the mail, comment here (they're being screened, so you can leave your address if I don't already have it) and let me know!

If you have any particular text that's only a few lines long, feel free to let me know and I'll calligraph it for you! As I'm currently in a blackletter class, it will probably be done in Bâtarde, a bastard (hence the name) cross of Textura (a formal bookhand) and Gothic cursive (an informal hand). I can also do Textura if you want it (though my Textura is not the greatest), and we'll be doing Gothic cursive in a few weeks if you want to wait, so those are also options if you'd like a particular look.

(I'm posting this to LJ too for those at both sites.)
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (I'm no artist)
...This song is kind of hilariously bad. And not a single "EX-TER-MI-NATE," wtf. (Instead it's all "I-WISH-TO-BE-YOUR-FRIEND," or "I-LOVE-YOU," which is just NO.)

A meme from like half my flist:

Choose a character from a fandom that I know--video game, anime, manga, book--anything. I'll answer the questions below. Post this in your LJ if you you want to do it too and I'll meme you back.

1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her. Likewise if you dislike the character.

2) Is he/she important to the general plot?

3) Can you relate to this character at all? Do they grip you emotionally?

4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?

5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by their relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)

6) Is there anything about the character you would change? (Personality wise, not anything pertaining to the plot.)

7) If you were in the fandom with this character, how do you see yourself interacting with him/her? (Would you get along well? Fall in love with? Dislike? Friendly rivalry? etc etc)

8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or most hated?

9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about (if you dislike) to someone whose new to the fandom?

10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?

...In other news, I hand-calligraphed a few Christmas cards this year. Specifically, I sent them to those of you to whom I've promised calligraphy pieces and haven't gotten around to; I'll send y'all a real, more customized thing, as originally intended, but in the meantime you get a calligraphy bonus! (Some of which are better than others, but y'know, the ones that were TOO sucky I just didn't send, lol.)

Also, I'm working on a "cracked-out yaoi manga" post that's about halfway done, which hopefully will get posted soon (I've only been meaning to finish it for like a month and a half, argh). So look for that sometime soon!
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (I'm no artist)

Well, people are starting to receive their calligraphy pieces - [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon got hers today (and seemed to like it :D), [livejournal.com profile] plainjanesdubc's is finished and going out in tomorrow's mail, and tomorrow work begins on a card for [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28. But those are the only people who e-mailed me that they wanted something, and I want more of an excuse to get calligraphy practice! So, if you for some reason missed my first post, or felt weird about requesting calligraphy, don't! Drop me a line and let me know you want something and I'll send you something I think you'll like. :D
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (I'm no artist)
Wow, I feel productive. Despite my class sucking discussion-wise (time for READING QUIZ OF DOOM on Thursday!), I had a tasty lunch and got some calligraphy practice in afterwards! Specifically, I finished my first calligraphy-mail piece, for [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon. Parts of it are sucky (the spacing on the front makes me go EEK - I suck at centering), but overall I think it looks...mostly okay, and I know she'll approve of the text I chose to copy out for her because she wrote it. XD

Now to go to my two-hour OE reading group, argh. D:
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (I'm no artist)
Well, I survived my calligraphy class...just in time for the week to start, argh. Nevertheless, it was a lot of fun, and I feel like I have a good start on Batarde, the bookhand which we learned in the class.

For those wondering, the Batarde I learned looks something like this; but Batarde by definition is the bastard child of Textura, also known as Blackletter - a very stiff, formal hand usually used for books - and the more informal handwriting style of Gothic Cursive. Batarde was a pretty common bookhand throughout much of the Middle Ages - as an example, the Ellesmere manuscript of the Canterbury Tales is written in a batarde hand bordering on Gothic cursive.

Anyway, it was a pretty awesome class! I knew some of the people in there already - one person from the calligraphy class I'm currently in, and then fellow English grad students Erin and Laura. Interestingly there were us three English students, a student from the Center for the Book, and everyone else was like 40+, which was slightly odd. (Also, as with every calligraphy class, there were a couple of people who were ANNOYING AS FUCK, but I've just accepted that as par for the course.)

The instructors - Ward Dunham and Linnea Lundquist - were really good; their vibe was a little weird (sort of like The Honeymooners without the joking threat of physical abuse...mostly), but they were really helpful on showing us where we were going wrong and how to correct it, especially Linnea. And Ward did for each of us an example alphabet of Gothic cursive that's gorgeous and which I will post a photo of later (once I replace the overhead light bulb in my living room so I have decent lighting, I'mma take pictures of a whole bunch of calligraphy projects of mine to show y'all, I'll just add that one to the list).

Also, I bought things! Ward and Linnea run a company called Atelier Gargoyle, which specializes in calligraphy materials, high-quality fountain pens, and seals/sealing wax. I managed to forgo buying a fountain pen (mostly because I just got an inexpensive one the last time I was in England which I like), but I DID spring for a bronze seal and sealing wax. This is the one I got, which seems perfect for me: two lions (I'm a Leo), and a grappling hook that looks exactly like a J. (The sealing wax came free with the seal, since the latter was a bit expensive: so I have sealing wax in gold, copper and vermilion.) I also bought some calligraphy supplies - stick ink to use with my ink stone (which I've found that I really like), a nice calligraphy nib holder, and a portfolio of handouts.

Anyway, the main purpose of this post is to make an offer to my flist: specifically, something along the lines of "I'll send you something sometime within the next year" meme. The twist is, I'll send you a calligraphed and hand-sealed piece of mail! I'll decide what hand I write it in, what colors/materials to use, etc., and rather than a letter it'll probably be something copied out that I think you will find relevant to your interests. My calligraphy is still kind of crappy, but this'll give me an excuse to practice more, and a few of the hands even look kind of okay if they're crappy like mine. XD;

But anyway, if you're interested, send me an e-mail at yosituna@gmail.com and let me know! :D

In related news, the new Chaucerblog post is awesome. "Chaucer" is talking about new TV shows he has ideas for ('cause of the writers' strike), and while Sectes in the Borough (a "hot and explicit showe" with "frank depicciouns of heretical practice") made me giggle, what KILLED ME COMPLETELY DEAD was the following:

Doctor Hwaet: Thys showe doth chronicle the aventures of a solitarye one who must wander the wayes of water on the rime-cold waves, mindful of miseries, yn a large device ycleped the TOWAERDES (the which ys a grete magique ship disguised as a burial mound) that alloweth hym to travel in tymes to come and also yn the places that ben past and the far landes of fantaysye. Alwey he sercheth out and protecteth a poem ycleped Beowulf the whiche he saveth from a fyre and also turneth yn to several filmes in order that the beautee of Angeline Joly may drawe newe rederes to thys tale. “That ys fanTASTick,” he saith yn the rare tymes whan he ys of good chiere. He fighteth many enemyes, includinge the Cybermonks, the Daneleks, and folk who thinke that “Geats” is pronouncid “geetz.”



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