Abstract brush scripts for the Broadway production of Diana A True Musical Story

I was honoured to be asked to provide the unique and iconic lettering for the Broadway production of ‘Diana A True Musical Story’. The brief was to create abstract freeform brush scripts that would compliment completely the watercolour portrait of Diana.

Not as easy as one may think. Many styles were explored until ‘it’ finally happened – as it always does! The next challenge was to create the other headlines in a similar style. All the lettering was created with a Chinese brush using Quink black fountain pen ink on Seawhite cartridge paper. Many thanks to Drew Hodges for trusting me with this very special commission.

Click on the video below to see the front of house visual assets:


I often get asked about how this fountain pen ink art exploration project impacts on my commercial art practice. In truth, this commission could not have been delivered without it. For me, it demonstrates a close and unappreciated visual link between fountain pen ink and watercolour paint and will hopefully help start a trend for getting more fountain pen ink into art shops – it’s not just for writing! More of my lettering work can be viewed here: https://nickstewarttype.uk

HEY! If you’re interested to know more about how to use fountain pen inks in more creative ways – whether it’s simply to observe their chromatic behaviours, or, to recreate one of my swatch cards, or, to learn how to use them in watercolour painting, illustration and calligraphy, why not check out my online course or, even better, sign up for a workshop?

The next workshop is at INTRA Arts in Rochester on Saturday 15th February 2020. The workshop costs £40.00 per person and runs from 1100hrs – 1400hrs all tools and materials provided. Please book direct with me. Email nick@nickstewart.ink or call 07956 365155. Click on the venue for location details. Rochester is 33 mins from St Pancras London by train.

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