The Ruling Pen: Drawing, Lettering and Textural Writing by Julian Waters

“Ruling Pen” is a general term which includes cola pens and folded pens. Since the great German calligrapher Fritz Poppl started using ruling pens in the 1950s for both formal and expressive work, this versatile tool has shown it has multiple personalities, from careful drawing and lettering to expressive textural writing and abstract work. There is a lot more to using Ruling Pens than the scratchy handwriting which has been popular in recent years, and there are specific techniques which can help you to bring the most out of these tools.

Internationally renowned lettering designer Julian Waters studied extensively with legendary calligrapher and type designer Hermann Zapf at RIT, who chose Julian to succeed him. Julian’s clients have included U.S. Postal Service, National Geographic, and many agencies, design studios, institutions and memorials. His typefaces include Adobe Waters Titling Pro family and “The Jefferson” for Jefferson’s Monticello. In the 1990s, Waters taught lettering and typography at Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. In 2001, he was invited to be part of the “Zapfest” exhibition, San Francisco. For more than 35 years Waters has given many lectures and taught lettering workshops all over Canada, USA, UK, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan. He has taught several times at Cooper Union, NY and at Wells College, NY, including digital font design. Awards include Type Directors Club, Print, Graphis, and his work is widely published.

Saturday-Sunday, April 9-10, 2016, 9:30 AM – 5 PM
203 Margaret Morrison Hall, CMU
Fees: $125, Guild member; $150, non-member

Registration/payment deadline, Friday, March 25, 2016.

Workshop Registration Form

Listing of tools and supplies will be sent to paid registrants. You can bring whatever type of ruling pen you have but Julian will have some custom ruling pens from Tim’s Pens for sale, $45.

Refunds: Refunds will be given only if you cancel BEFORE the registration deadline.

NOTE: Parking is free in the garage on weekends and on the street on Sundays.

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