Andrey Ponomarev
Frightful & Beautiful


01. Composition sketches

As always, the earlier the drafts, the messier they are.

02. Exploration of letterforms

Trying to figure out which type of contrast will be more suitable for the first word "ужасные" (frightful) — broad or pointed nib...

... finally, broad-edged nib won. Below is the quick calligraphic sketch.

The second word "прекрасные" (beautiful) is done in Copperplate style. Below are again some explorations of letters and connections between them and their elements.

03. Final rough sketch

Collecting all ideas in one sketch.

04. Final sketch