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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Family Tree Examples
« on: November 08, 2018, 05:38:59 PM »
100 years of the Bradbury family, freely written in Gothic script.

Spencerian Script / American Cursive
« on: November 07, 2018, 06:44:14 PM »
American Cursive

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Winter (2)
« on: November 06, 2018, 04:36:26 PM »
"Winter" from "The Seasons" by Sandra Fraser

Spencerian Script / My favourite joke!
« on: November 06, 2018, 07:08:23 AM »
 My favourite joke  :D

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Nasty Olive!
« on: November 06, 2018, 04:12:16 AM »
It made me laugh!  ;D

What about those slanted writing  desks and writing slopes. They have a 45 angle, so less than the one Johnston uses in the picture. Think either an old school desk, or that portable slope Mr. Darcy uses in Pride and Prejudice.

Edward Johnston wrote with edged nibs not pointed ones, therefore Salman (reply #4) has described the situation perfectly;  Sloping surfaces for the best control when writing with an edged nib, and a flat surface for writing scripts with a pointed nib.

The slope surface used by Mr Darcy was probably chosen for visual effect.

A few years ago I wrote a few pages in early script for use on  a period BBC TV production. I wrote these on a flat surface with a broad-edged nib.
When they eventually appeared on the TV production, they were shown  in a scriptorium, apparently being written by an actor on a sloping desk.
On TV accuracy is less important than how it looks!

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Winter (1)
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:51:56 PM »
'Winter' from 'The Seasons' by Sandra Fraser

Flourishing / Flourished majuscule
« on: November 01, 2018, 04:31:02 AM »
Flourished majuscule

Flourishing / Flourished monogram
« on: October 28, 2018, 05:10:34 AM »


Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Casually written Formal Italic
« on: October 27, 2018, 10:04:21 AM »
Formal, insofar as there are no ligatures, but  written more quickly than carefully constructed classic 'Formal' Italic Handwriting.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Entry in Roll of Freemen
« on: October 25, 2018, 08:07:55 AM »
Thanks for your comments.
Although this was more detailed and more difficult it wasn't as stressful  because I knew that I could always stop and start again, if necessary!
The sharp-eyed amongst you may have noticed that the previous honour was from a different district of the country and in the meantime he had received his knighthood and had become "Sir".

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Gothic Blackletter
« on: October 24, 2018, 04:17:15 AM »
It was written at an x height of about 13mm with a Rotring Artpen fitted with a 2.7 nib.
I see. This is a nib that is cut straight across, right. Is there any flex to it? Also, in forming the fine lines of the capitals, do you use a corner of the nib?

There is no flex to the nib. Yes, I form the fine lines with the corner of the nib. As occasionally happens, the nib doesn't carry sufficient ink, I retouch with a fine point.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Entry in Roll of Freemen
« on: October 23, 2018, 08:37:40 AM »
In my experience, writing in an  important book such as here in  a Roll of Honour, introduces a different level of tension, as errors would be disastrous!  :'(

As a full-time professional, I undertake almost any project involving hand lettering  / handwriting, but I draw the line at outdoors' signage as I've no head for heights!  :D

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