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Steve Czajka specializes in calligraphic art forms. Steve has studied under professional calligrapher Anthony Hostovecky, and professional sign painter Stan Czajka. As a member of the Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto Steve is continuing his studies and has taken on the role of the executive, as the lead on the Communications and Marketing  Committee. Steve has extensive typography experience and is currently developing calligraphic typefaces created specifically for artists and designers. On the business end of things Steve has years of experience in advanced project management, client relationships, requirements gathering, story board design and other development methods. View Steve's portfolio at: http://flickr.com/steveczajka
September 2014 / № 097

Gothic Video Based Course Logo - SQ

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The packaging design and all graphics for this product were developed using open source software.  Video editing was completed using Adobe Pre.

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Gothic Fraktur Course1

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This was some work I did for a non-profit calligraphy guild I belong to.    A live course and online course.

Read more at:

http://torontocalligraphyguild.org/2014/04/05/learn-gothic-calligraphy-and-lettering-online-calligraphy-course/

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In 1988 when I was starting out in calligraphy I did this quotation.  I had done this in calligraphy but never completed it, so here is my latest rendition of the quote.  This features my latest script, “Rotunda Love Typeface”.  The lettering is very clear and easy to read.  This typeface was used on choir music sheets in very large letters so that everyone in the choir could read the words.  Typically the upper case letters (which were not quite invented yet) were done in a uncial versal (not shown).

Exploration HD SignatureIn 1988 when I was starting out in calligraphy I did this quotation.  I had done this in calligraphy but never completed it, so here is my latest rendition of the quote.  This features my latest script, “Rotunda Love Typeface”.  The lettering is very clear and easy to read.  This typeface was used on choir music sheets in very large letters so that everyone in the choir could read the words.  Typically the upper case letters (which were not quite invented yet) were done in a uncial versal (not shown).

Check out the full resolution image on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/steveczajka/9170374478/
June 2013 / № 063

Calligraphy is good for the soul HD Signature

This piece showcases my newest addition to my typeface collection called just simply “Italics”.  This is a free flowing italic typeface that is based on inspiration from various calligraphers, most notably Luca Barcellona.  This elegant lettering style is a departure from my gothic scripts, but works well in this case against the gothic uncial script.  A calligraphy I have been learning from explained to me that layout is more important than the actual characters themselves and I am gaining an appreciation of this quickly.
The quote is actually from myself.  Lately I have been invested in learning and improving my calligraphy skills, but while doing so I have found it to be a completely relaxing experience — one that is truly good for the soul.
This typeface is over 125 high resolution bitmap lowercase characters that work well together and are complimented from the contemporary capitals that I created a month or so ago.  Several variations of each letter have been prepared.  This typeface is suitable for high resolution printing.
If you are interested in any of these typefaces or would like to develop a font let me know.  I will be rolling out a few more typefaces over the next few weeks.
Cheers
Steve

This piece showcases my newest addition to my typeface collection called just simply “Italics”.  This is a free flowing italic typeface that is based on inspiration from various calligraphers, most notably Luca Barcellona.  This elegant lettering style is a departure from my gothic scripts, but works well in this case against the gothic uncial script.  A calligraphy I have been learning from explained to me that layout is more important than the actual characters themselves and I am gaining an appreciation of this quickly.

The quote is actually from myself.  Lately I have been invested in learning and improving my calligraphy skills, but while doing so I have found it to be a completely relaxing experience — one that is truly good for the soul.

This typeface is over 125 high resolution bitmap lowercase characters that work well together and are complimented from the contemporary capitals that I created a month or so ago.  Several variations of each letter have been prepared.  This typeface is suitable for high resolution printing.

If you are interested in any of these typefaces or would like to develop a font let me know.  I will be rolling out a few more typefaces over the next few weeks.

Cheers, Steve  http://www.flickr.com/photos/steveczajka/9111238999/

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June 2013 / № 061

Resident Evil HD Signature

This piece is actually a test of combining my gothic textura tall and narrow typeface with my new Canterbury Uncial typeface.  I think they look pretty cool together.  They compliment each other quite well.  Differences in size, spacing and texture also work well.  The long decender on the uncial Rs play well together and magically worked out that way.  The uncial letters are evenly spaced a bit wider than normal to give it a more formal look.  The diamonds are used to fill the empty space in the M, O, P, and T characters.  Layout design, spacing and balance are so critical in calligraphy yet unfortunately often overlooked.  All of this is was done by eye with help of a few guide lines.
This is an example where old-school authentic hand done calligraphy can be applied to modern movies, music, video games and other products.  I like the overall look of this piece.  I liked the first Resident Evil film. Never played any of the video games but imagine they look great too.  This would look amazing on the back of a T-shirt, or side of a wall.  Cheers Steve

This piece is actually a test of combining my gothic textura tall and narrow typeface with my new Canterbury Uncial typeface.  I think they look pretty cool together.  They compliment each other quite well.  Differences in size, spacing and texture also work well.  The long decender on the uncial Rs play well together and magically worked out that way.  The uncial letters are evenly spaced a bit wider than normal to give it a more formal look.  The diamonds are used to fill the empty space in the M, O, P, and T characters.  Layout design, spacing and balance are so critical in calligraphy yet unfortunately often overlooked.  All of this is was done by eye with help of a few guide lines.

This is an example where old-school authentic hand done calligraphy can be applied to modern movies, music, video games and other products.  I like the overall look of this piece.  I liked the first Resident Evil film. Never played any of the video games but imagine they look great too.  This would look amazing on the back of a T-shirt, or side of a wall.  Cheers Steve

June 2013 / № 055

The Raven 059 CL 16x9 web

Read more, and help to crowd fund “The Raven” at http://gimpmagazine.org/theraven

May 2013 / № 052

Snow White HD Signature

This is a sample from my recently upgraded Gothic Textura Tall and Narrow Typeface.  This commercially available typeface is nearing 400 characters.

May 2013 / № 049

This mural was created for the REBEL Youth Week.  The mural located in a popular skate park in Mississauga Ontario features a 14′ by 12′ artwork that explores the old school writing of calligraphy with modern day communications platform Twitter.  Here are some images of the mural and its creation.  The calligraphy was hand lettered using a brush while all of the layout was done using illustration software (open source GIMP and Inkscape).

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I can hand letter Calligraphy of any typeface onto any wall including glass.  Cheers Steve!

Posted by steveczajka Categorized: Art Design Tags: calligraphy gothic REBEL twitter

March 2013 / № 041

GIMP Magazine - Issue 3 - FINAL DIGITAL-page001-small

This is a magazine cover that I designed for GIMP Magazine.  I am the managing editor and I also do all of the layout work for the magazine.  Check it out at http://gimpmagazine.org.  The magazine is quickly approaching a quarter million impressions.

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GIMP (www.gimp.org) is an image editing software package licensed as free and open source.   GIMP Magazine features the amazing works created from an enormous community from all over the world estimated at around 8-10 million people.  Photography, digital arts, tips and tricks, step by step tutorials, master classes, help desk questions, and so much more are showcased and explored in this free publication.

My role on this project is managing editor.  In addition to this I also provide art direction / layout / design  and desktop publishing services.

Download the magazine from: http://gimpmagazine.org/issue1

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