Night on Bald Mountain

Especially appropriate for Halloween, an example of when animation transcends genre and becomes a remarkable work of art. As with all of the segments in Fantasia, this one draws on the work of particular classic illustrators. In this case the main influences seem to have been Edmund Dulac and Kay Nielsen who was under contract to Disney at the time …


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Arthur Rackham Fonts and Art

Arthur Rackham is probably the best-known book illustrator of the early 20th century. . In the early 1900s Rackham was in constant demand to illustrate childrens books and fantastic novels in his detailed and meticulous style. Rackham’s most famous illustrations are probably his plates for Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and his various illustrations for classic …


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New Font: Madding

We’re in an ongoing quest to make the perfect poster font — something bold and hard to ignore, but also different and with character. We had some success with Aventine, but it was too generic. So we kept working on the concept and the result is the new Madding font, a bold poster font with a bit of an art …


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Projects In Development

Here at the Scriptorium we’re constantly working on new projects, drawing on material in our remarkable library of antique books of illustration, design and typography and on original designs as well. At any time we have 3 to 5 projects in various stages of development, from scanning images to designing fonts, to assembling material to create new packages of fonts …


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New Font: Krasny Mir

Working on revisions to Structura a few weeks ago brought the whole topic of Russian poster art to the surface and it seemed like a good time to do a font based on typical poster lettering from soviet-era propaganda posters. The result is Krasny Mir, a new font which combines the look of super-bold cyrillic letters with some nice special …


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Classic Font: Structura

In these hard times it seemed appropriate to harken back to even harder times, so if you feel a yearning to sit in a freezing garret and contemplate the relationship between art and the state, we have the font to use in the poster for your next exhibit of art made from girders and old boilers. Our Structura font is …


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The Art of Howard David Johnson

Some years ago I had the pleasure of working on some publishing projects with Howard David Johnson a local Austin artist who I met through a mutual friend. He was a classically trained artist who was working as a studio photographer at the time and was interested in getting back into art. I was working as an editor and art …


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Art Encounters: So Inclined at Middlebury College

One of the stops on our ongoing college tour through the northeast was Middlebury College, a charming little liberal arts college on an enormous campus in northern Vermont. Middlebury has an outstanding academic reputation and is particularly known for its innovative arts programs and immersive language and international studies programs. One of the interesting decisions of the college’s board was …


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New Font: Foundry Ornament

It’s been a dog’s age since we featured an art font, so here we go. Foundry Ornament is a decorative art font based on cast metal type printers ornaments. The images have a heraldic theme, with gryphons and lions and other mythical creatures. They include images suitable for marginalia and page decoration as well as for use as repeating borders. …


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Found Artist: Darren Minke

Earlier this month I got a chance to attend the 31st Annual Old Pecan Street Festival in Austin with my family. It’s a huge street fair with lots of live music and arts and crafts vendors which sprawls down East 6th Street and this year sprawled somewhat over to 7th Street as well. There’s always something new and interesting to …


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2009 Font and Art Sampler

About once a year we release a special sampler package with a collection of selected fonts and art from our most recent and forthcoming packages, including some unique items not available anywhere else, all brought together as an overview of what we’ve been up to at the Scriptorium during the past year. You can get all of this at a …


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Found Art: McMercy Family Band Poster

So, I was in Amy’s Ice Cream during SXSW in Austin and my eye was caught by a poster which stood out in the crowd of yoga class, aromatherapy massage and peace rally posters on the wall. The poster was bright orange and xeroxed, but what really drew me to it was the bizarre combination of Cthulhian, tentacular maelstrom imagery …


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A Little Guide to Bookbinding

In our ongoing acquisition of antique graphic arts resources we’ve recently been looking for books by Pedro J. Lemos who was the Director of the Stanford University Fine Arts Museum. Lemos wrote extensively on graphic arts, lettering and design in the early 20th century. Lemos’ work draws on the Arts and Crafts and Art Deco movements of the period and …


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We’ve Got Tote-Bags!

Stylish yet functional, there’s nothing quite so essential as a fine-quality, durable, canvast tote-bag. They’re just what you need for eco-conscious shopping or carrying around your junk. I like to fill mine with antique books from our library and wander around looking erudite. We’ve added tote-bags to our selection of custom printed items on our page at CafePress. Designs include …


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Designing with Decorative Initials

Decorative Initials font consists of characters which combine basic letter forms with artistic embellishment, often in the form of floral or geometric patterns used as a background or intertwined with the letter. Decorative Initials have their origins in medieval manuscript decoration where complex and colorful characters were used to make a manuscript page more attractive. Most Decorative Initials fonts have …


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New Font – Crane Gothic

New Font – Crane Gothic

One of the artists whose works we’ve been acquiring actively in the last couple of years is influential arts and crafts era illustrator, author and designer Walter Crane. Crane’s childrens books, illustrated classics and collections of Shakespearean woodcuts are outstanding examples of the best of work of the artist as craftsman and are characterized by both technical skill and a …


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