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Open Flourish | General Discussion / Digital calligraphy
« on: January 20, 2018, 03:32:38 AM »
It's quiet around here, so I thought I'd post something.

Does anybody else use a tablet for calligraphy practice? If so, what apps do you use?

I use Calligraphy Art for IOS on an iPad Air 2. I've been thinking of upgrading to an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, but its a little too pricey.

Introductions / Re: It's been a while...
« on: January 15, 2018, 12:45:55 PM »
Thanks for the welcome messages, guys.

Oddly enough, my recovery wasn't nearly as trying as it sounds, but that's thanks to solid support and patience from the people around me.

I've only been active on the forum for the past few days, and already I feel right at home again. This is a really fantastic group of people, and it is a privilege for me to a part of Flourish.

A special than you to you, Erica, for making this available to all of us.

Introductions / Re: It's been a while...
« on: January 14, 2018, 12:22:53 PM »

The paper awaits
your attacking sword-like pen;
art from letters yet.


My sword is sharpen'd,
the virgin sheet must succumb.
Red and black still flows.

Thank you for this reminder of how much fun I've had on FF. It's great to be back.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: How not to design an RSVP card
« on: January 14, 2018, 05:35:55 AM »
 ;D Well, I guess the oft-quoted magazine article heading "Kids make healthy snacks" is not so so ambiguous after all.

Introductions / It's been a while...
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:07:24 AM »
I haven't been active on the forum for quite some time, so I thought it would be proper to re-introduce myself: I am Dries from Pretoria, South Africa, and my interest in calligraphy started in my early twenties I'm in my mid-fifties now.

The reason for my prolonged absence was a serious motorcycle accident a year and a half ago, in which I broke three vertebrae, several ribs and suffered a collapsed right lung and a little spinal chord damage. Over the past 18 months I've progressed from being paralyzed, through walking with a Zimmer frame and later a cane, to walking unsupported.

It took some time before I could sit for long enough to do calligraphy, but for the last month or two I have been able to spend several hours at a time practicing (albeit with a break every 40 minutes or so). I am extremely grateful for not not having to give up my favourite pass-time.

It is good so see that so many of the people I knew before are still here, and that there are so many "new"people who have joined since. I look forward to spending a lot of time on this forum again.

And yes, I am riding bikes again

Congratulations, Elaina! And once again, thank you Erica it has been a fun week.

Thanks for sharing, Andrew. I love Blackletter, and I couldn't resist writing the sentence. It was surprisingly difficult to write because I kept losing track of where I was in the longer words  ;D

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Flourish Forum Fun Friday!
« on: July 16, 2016, 11:32:23 AM »
I've been spending a lot of time on flourishing lately, so I'm really looking forward watching this video.  8)

Here's my humble first attempt:

 8) Great idea, thanks! Especially for those of us for whom IAMPETH is an impossible dream.

Kind Critique / Re: Experiment in acquiring a new hand
« on: June 22, 2016, 02:39:46 PM »
Thanks for your advice, Jean. After reading it, I tried the m with three matching strokes and you are right it does look better. I also take your point re the proportions, and I'll work on that too.

In due course, when I feel I have improved a bit, I will post another sample here for further critique.

Kind Critique / Re: Experiment in acquiring a new hand
« on: June 20, 2016, 02:16:52 PM »
Bianca and Jean, thank you for the feedback. This is the sample that started me off:

I now see that I've diverted considerably from some of the letter shapes, probably because I didn't use it as an exemplar, but rather tried to recreate the look later without referring back to the image.

That said, I welcome your suggestions and criticism.

Show & Tell / Re: My newbie hand lettering efforts :)
« on: June 20, 2016, 07:08:33 AM »
Beautiful. I enjoyed the "Legends in their own write" strapline  8)

Kind Critique / Experiment in acquiring a new hand
« on: June 19, 2016, 10:10:12 AM »

Rather than learning a new hand the usual way of copying from an exemplar, I've tried to "figure it out myself". Using only a short sample that contained a few different letters, I recreated the rest from memory based on work I had seen before. Where I couldn't, I postulated (based on those I have already figured out) what the letters should look like. Now, after working at it for a few days, I am satisfied with the minuscules and working on the capitals.

I am happy with the results, but have I actually achieved the aim of developing my own variation of an existing hand? You be the judge.

Excuse the inconsistency; I am still developing muscle memory for this hand. That aside, criticism and tips for improvement are most welcome.

Show & Tell / Re: Display error message
« on: June 11, 2016, 12:28:55 PM »
What writing tool and media did you use?

I did it on my iPad, using the Calligraphy Art app. So writing tool=stylus; media=electronic ink on glass  :D

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