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@Ken Fraser
That's a very attractive, well executed script.
How long did it take you to write this name?
What nib did you use? Did you use a second, finer nib for the tails?
Well done.

With the nib edge at about 45 degrees I draw down the basic stroke as in fig 1. With the nib edge at approx. the same angle, I then turn the paper clockwise at right angles, and draw in the second stroke fig 2. I usually turn the paper after writing a paragraph and fill in all the second strokes, at the same time for consistency.
I don't like the traditional method.  I've always found that twisting the nib and creating the shape with the left corner of the edged nib to be unreliable and unpredictable.
I find that the method I described, easier to do with consistent results. It isn't necessarily any better - just a different approach. In the end, it's how it appears on the paper that matters most.
It isn't always appropriate, but IMO depending on the specific form of the script, the forked ascenders can add a bit of 'sparkle' to the text.
It took me around an hour to write. I wrote the text at the large size with a square-edged Mitchell dip nip no.2  I could, of course, have written it out again at the smaller size but this seemed a bit pointless. I scanned it and joined the sections together by computer at the reduced size before producing the composite which you see on the screen.

Show & Tell / Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogereychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:47:59 PM »
The longest town name in the world is in Wales, and translates as :- "The church of St Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysillio's of the red cave".
It's written here in condensed Blackletter to shorten the length overall.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Family Tree ideas
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:55:55 AM »
You may find this previous topic of interest. The subject was discussed at some length.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: My Compendium of Lettering Styles
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:16:31 AM »
I'm sorry that you missed it - it's at the very beginning #2 just after Uncial.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Blackletter variation
« on: February 19, 2018, 04:39:57 AM »
Blackletter variation

Three flourished Copperplate Majuscules

Flourishing / Flourishing
« on: February 13, 2018, 04:50:00 PM »
do it with panache......

Erica's advice is spot on IMO
Lack of slant control can destroy an otherwise attractive piece of lettering. Practice can be tedious, but ultimately very rewarding. -stick with it!

Thank you, Andrew and Janis.
Almost all of this, including the letter x derives from 18th century exemplars. The letter x, in general,  isn't used all that often - perhaps this version just became forgotten along the way!

Copperplate (English Roundhand)

Show & Tell / Ornate Copperplate 'P'
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:07:29 AM »
Ornate Copperplate 'P' written with an oblique penholder hand-carved by Salman Khattak (smk)

Show & Tell / Spencerian and Business Writing (monoline)
« on: February 04, 2018, 04:48:35 PM »
One of my favourite jokes.

IMHO The example posted by Mike is probably as good as it gets, being virtually unchanged from the exemplars produced by the writing masters 150 years earlier.

Show & Tell / Re: Show us your best
« on: January 14, 2018, 10:21:33 AM »
Beautiful writing @ashOkgiri - anyone would have been proud to have produced that!

Here's a nice quote, in Uncial and Copperplate -

Although stylistically they couldn't be more different from each other, I feel that the two styles sit well together -  almost in mutual respect!

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: What Script are you married to?
« on: December 30, 2017, 06:22:51 PM »
I enjoy writing all styles of lettering but once you can produce and accurately control shaded strokes with a pointed flexible nib, the effect is utterly and completely captivating and the letters seem to have a life of their own, appearing magically on the page.

Of the various styles I have a personal preference for the elegant and very beautiful English Roundhand of the 18th Century. My favourite is "Honour" by Willington Clark in "The Universal Penman" page 60. I know that this is a copperplate print, but it started out as incredible writing by a true master. I am very grateful to fellow calligrapher Mike Moore (AnasaziWrites)who gifted me a historic copy of this page and I have it framed on my wall above my drawing board.


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