Here is another beautiful beefy figure from the new gothic alphabet I bought. There is less stroke variation on this form; it’s all meaty, all the time. Perhaps that’s why the truncated arm in the middle looks so sad. This issue of real estate on the block was also seen on the number 5 from this set. I love how perfectly round the counter spaces are in the center, and how they are slightly off center.
This block, like the 5 has seen little use. There are traces of red and black ink remaining on the face and shoulder, and you can still see the leftover debris from the router in the counter spaces. I love the diagonal streak of tonal shifting at the top of the figure, I’m not sure if it’s from the ink or the wood. I’m also fascinated by the layers of color along the right edges, where you first see the bright color of the wood, then a line of red ink, and then black.
Style first appeared: Unknown
Size: 24 line
Manufacturing Method: Pantograph
Is it part of a complete set? Yes