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Kind Critique / Re: You know Stevens' rolling in his grave...
« on: March 06, 2018, 10:21:02 AM »
Bianca, Jean, you're both too kind. Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts, friendly advice and leads.

I will dedicate my weekend to browsing through the links you've shared, Jean, and I'll see from there.

If anyone else can add critique and suggestions on the pieces above, please chime in!

Kind Critique / Re: Copperplate script practice
« on: March 04, 2018, 10:48:52 AM »
What an inspiration, Ashk, beautiful work!

Kind Critique / Re: You know Stevens' rolling in his grave...
« on: March 04, 2018, 10:40:35 AM »
Wow!  Brilliant!  I only wish I could do 10% this good.

In light of my recent efforts, that's really encouraging to read, thank you, InkyFingers!

My standard contribution to critique is usually the spacing between words.
To my eye, tighter word spacing looks better.
There is a nice example of tight word spacing at the IAMPETH website.

If that link does not work, you can go to
click on Artwork
and scroll through until you find
Sample Zanerian Certificate
for Engrosser's Script
by Earl A. Lupfer

or do a search for it - and it should pop up.

Cheers, Jean, that's a beautiful piece of advice.

I should do better in taking the time for research which I somehow skipped lately due to lack of time, etc.
Besides, could you recommend any other platforms that feature documents/manuscripts (written more recently)?

I'm preparing for writing a cover letter which I need for an application by April 1st, and I'm unsure about the layout I should be using.

Here's my first try after reading your thoughts this morning — it's probably a little better since I haven't drunk my morning coffee yet :-)

Kind Critique / You know Stevens' rolling in his grave...
« on: March 03, 2018, 07:30:52 PM »
Hello Everybody,

After spending almost six hours yesterday to write a letter to a dear friend — my first ever since (my attempt to) starting learning the engrosser's script hand two months ago — I had really weird dreams last night that involved louds of black ink all over the house :-)) so I woke up with the instant idea of sharing some of my writing to the forum, despite not feeling pleased at all with my general strokes and consistency of the letters.

I would very much appreciate reading your thoughts and sharp critique, especially since I'm not seeing any kind of improvement from myself for about two weeks now, ever since I got my oblique holder and the Leonardt Principal nib which were also used for this piece. If you need any close-up shots, just let me know.

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Germany
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:38:42 PM »
Welcome! Beautiful work! Rather than going for the adjustable holders, maybe start out with just the metal flange.
(affiliate link): Paper & Ink Arts

Thank you all for the warm welcome and suggestions! Estefa, I will definitely follow-up with you about those recommendations. :)

It happens that a friend will be visiting from NYC in about a month and I'll have my order from Paper & Ink Arts be shipped to his address.
If everything goes after plan, I'll have my adjustable hourglass in only four weeks. Yey! Looking also much forward in trying the different nibs I got.

The holder above I am using for 2 weeks now and it already starts to fall apart.
It wouldn't be necessarily a problem of its aspect, but it also has some weird long cracks in the colour/lacquer coat which makes it quite uncomfortable to hold/use.

I'm practicing 2 hrs each evening with The Zanerian Manual and enjoying it, but I feel like it will take a while until I can post some of my calligraphy here :-[


Introductions / Greetings from Germany
« on: January 02, 2018, 01:58:40 PM »
Hello Dear “Federfreunde”,

Thank you for accepting me to be part of this special community—I am wishing everybody here the best new year full of wonderful experiences, particularly flourishing ones! :P

My interest in calligraphy goes way back—even before starting school—and although we've had a calligraphy class during elementary school, I eventually ended up writing less by hand as soon as my parents brought me the first computer. During my high-school and college days in Bucharest, I became a big fan of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, which I still am, but lately I'm rather interested in creating something more personal—especially when it comes to typefaces, calligraphy and lettering.

I am just starting to learn Copperplate. At the moment, I am using a straight pen holder which I bought from an art store here in my town and while I am still looking for an oblique holder to continue my practice of the majuscules 'with the right hand' and grip so to speak, it's pretty difficult to find one in Germany which isn't made out of plastic. I would love to give the adjustable hourglass oblique from Paper & Ink Arts a try, but I'm not sure if I should actually spend around 100,-€ given that I never used an oblique pen before. Chances are good to find here advice and louds of information which I'm sure will help me in taking the right decision in regards to pen holders and to expand my general calligraphy knowledge.

Enjoy the full moon tonight and I'm looking forward to share with you! P.S. Suigetsu (intoxicated by the moon) by Sen-No-Rikyu, ca. 1575.

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