Well, summertime is here!
The sun is shining, the damn mosquitoes are everywhere but that’s not a reason to neglect your daily lettering and calligraphy practice! 😀
Our hand lettering interview series continues, and today we had the pleasure to have a chat with a very influential member of the lettering community.
Ivan Castro is a designer based in Barcelona specializing in calligraphy, lettering and typography (and rocking a mustache)
With 15 years of experience in the field of design, Ivan also contributed to the community by writing a top selling lettering book called- ”The ABC of custom lettering” which has, and still gets a lot of attention among lettering and calligraphy enthusiasts.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the interview!
1. Thank you for joining us today, let’s start with the basics – who is Ivan Castro?
2. How did it all start? When and how did you get into lettering?
3. What are in your opinion, some of the things that make a lettering piece good and what are the bad aspects – can you provide some examples?
4. In terms of inspiration, what are your favorite practices? (how do you gather inspiration for your work)
5. Your top 3 lettering tools of all time? (tools you couldn’t live without)
6. As someone who is a doing lettering as a full-time job, could you share some tips on how to monetize your creative skills to someone who is just starting out?
7. Your book – ” The ABC of custom lettering” is a major success and we couldn’t recommend it enough, what inspired you to write it? How long did it take you to create it?
8. Is there a new (second) book coming out soon? can you tell us anything about that?
9. From the work you have been posting online, we can see that you are creating a lot of different styles, what are your favorites / least favorites? Is there a particular style that you would like to learn/improve? (spend more time learning)
10. What are some exciting projects that are coming up for you?
11) One final tip for lettering and calligraphy beginners, something you wish you were told when you were just starting out? 😀
be sure to check out Ivan's other online platforms !
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