A Day in the Country wedding invitation

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In my early career, I learned hand-drawn typographic drawing by working in the Creative Lettering Department, Hallmark Cards, Kansas City (1971–72) and by copying reproductions of the work of Tom Carnese and Tony Di Spagna, lettering artists who worked with Herb Lubalin, to learn their drawing techniques. 

My process began with a pencil drawing, often on graph paper, then retraced on translucent vellum. Once the sketch was refined, I used a technical pen (Rapidograph pen) to ink in the letters. The final artwork was photographed with a stat camera and applied to a mechanical artwork.

For my wedding held at a country inn in Ridgefield, Connecticut, I designed the invitation and created the lettering graphic in 1980. The final drawing was engraved on ivory-colored heavy paper stock.

Typographic drawing
Typographic drawing