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Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« on: September 20, 2019, 05:11:23 PM »
Hi Flourish Friends!

Attached is a new Copperplate (Engrosser's Script) exemplar with ductus and guidelines I have developed using sizes and spacing from exemplars of the old masters, most notably Earl A. Lupfer.

As I worked to improve my Engrosser's Script, I found it important to have specific guidelines to help me make more consistent letterforms. I have tweaked this quite a bit and am happy with how it has developed.

As always, please let me know you have any questions. I hope you enjoy!  ;D
« Last Edit: September 22, 2020, 01:00:09 PM by Erica McPhee »
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Re: Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2019, 07:42:50 PM »
Very cool Erica. I did something similar to what you did, but I also added an additional line slightly above the headline and slightly below the baseline for the ascending and descending loops. This example uses a Charlton Howe example.

I agree with you about developing these based on the work of past masters. Right now I am studying WA Baird and creating a lower case exemplar based on his lessons. It is a lot of work, but I learn so much  ;)

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Re: Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2019, 11:41:14 AM »
Gorgeous Cat! Thanks for sharing. Yes, it has been interesting to see the variances in the masters. Unless you really break it down, it all seems similar.  :D
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Re: Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2019, 01:49:02 PM »
What a delightful exemplar, @Erica McPhee !  I really like how you've labelled the guidelines, too.  I will definitely be printing this out to keep at my desk for reference.  Separately, may I ask what blue ink you are using (maybe McCaffery's?)?  It's quite a lovely shade!

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Re: Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2019, 04:46:26 PM »
Thanks @KristinT ! Yes - that is McCaffery’s Indigo. I like it full strength but I also like it as it wears down and I dip in my water then the ink - it becomes this really pretty aquamarine color (my favorite).  ;D
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Re: Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2019, 08:52:51 AM »
Wowwwww!!! Thank you Erika! I'll try it hiding the legend to see if my copperplate is correct!

Thank you!
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Re: Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2019, 09:34:47 AM »
You're welcome Alessandra! I hope you enjoy it!  :-*
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Re: Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2019, 04:03:12 PM »
Hey Folks,

If you could recommend only one or two books that have good exemplars of the Old Masters, which ones would they be?  I'm just comfortable enough with basic techniques now and am interested in exploring the letter forms in more detail, and studying the masters and comparing their differing styles sounds like a good way to go about it.  There seems to be quite a few to choose from, and I've no idea which would be "best" for what I'm after.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

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Re: Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2019, 11:12:22 PM »
Hi Karl

This forum is so rich with many exceptional penman that will provide more than I can, but I wanted to share with you a few of the sites I have used that provide 'free' material from various penman of the past:

The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets (this is a great pdf guide most everyone would recommend)
https://masgrimes.com/archive/zanerian-manual

Zanerian.com provides website links to many of the great old masters
http://www.zanerian.com/Lessons.html

Mr. M G Ward has put together some of the lessons from the old Business Educator into pdf files:
https://mrmgward.com/archive/business-educator-lessons/

And if you want to buy one book with many great examples, you cannot go wrong with 'The Universal Penman' by George Bickham:
https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Penman-George-Bickham/dp/1607964082/ref=asc_df_1607964082/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312138007830&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6153203327111332201&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9033471&hvtargid=pla-568061557820&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=60258871097&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=312138007830&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6153203327111332201&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9033471&hvtargid=pla-568061557820

I hope some of these will be helpful.

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Cat

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Re: Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2020, 06:25:05 PM »
Erica,
This is awesome! Thank you.

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Re: Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2021, 11:25:59 AM »
Thank you Erica, enjoy your flourishing techniques and calligraphy style.  :)
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Re: Copperplate Exemplar & Guidelines
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2021, 10:32:09 PM »
Thank you!

These will be most helpful as I just started learning Copperplate using Eleanore Winters' book "Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy", and Gordon Turner's book "The Technique of Copperplate Calligraphy.
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