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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

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February 2009 / № 065
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/

Posted by steveczajka Categorized: Art Design Tags: calligraphy gothic rotunda steveczajka |

February 2009 / № 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

February 2009 / № 055

The Raven 059 CL 16x9 web

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

February 2009 / № 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.

February 2009 / № 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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final design v3 TEST SMALL

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 |

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February 2009 / № 032

Launch Brochure - v1 HD

This was a graphic for the launch of a new creative magazine for GIMP software users.  Read more at: http://gimpmagazine.org

February 2009 / № 027
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