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Spencerian Script / Re: question about Spencerian Script
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:39:14 PM »
Brad :

Spencerian Ladies Hand is basically the same as Spencerian Script but slightly more compressed. The most noticeable difference is the extended looped ascenders and descenders - sometimes even more than I've shown here. Also, the majuscules are constructed differently and the shading overall is much lighter. Presumably, this was to give a more delicate "feminine" look to the lettering. Anyway, it's just a name and both sexes write it.

Flourishing / Re: Flourished Majuscule
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:17:41 PM »
By "high angle" I mean crossing as close to right angles as possible. "Scripsit" is a good example. This creates uncluttered open spaces.


Flourishing / Flourished Majuscule
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:48:34 AM »
The three golden rules in flourishing....

1) Try to cross lines at a high angle .

2) Aim for a sense of symmetry in the white spaces.

3) Never cross thick always looks bad.

Show & Tell / Composite of Writing Styles
« on: March 19, 2014, 07:17:05 AM »
Here is a composite of some of my writing styles.

I am one of those who believe that the engraved lettering in "The Universal Penman" by George Bickham was the epitome of the style and has never been bettered. The copper-engraved English Roundhand can be replicated very successfully in the drawn style known as Engravers' Script.

However, there is a handwritten version which, with a few minor modifications, also comes very close to the original, engraved script. I've been banging on for years that "Copperplate" can be a viable, handwritten style, and I was delighted to find the very fluent, exemplary displays by Erica McPhee in the "Pointed Pen Nirvana" category. I'm sure that these accomplished displays are of immense value to those just starting out on the adventure of learning this challenging, but ultimately very satisfying style of handwriting.


Show & Tell / In the style of an 18th century Title page
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:26:00 AM »
This is a light-hearted "take" on a typical 18th Century Copybook title page.
The Writing Masters tried to outdo each other with very extravagant claims as to the quality of their work. In comparison this bit of fun is a very modest offering with the text taken from actual pages.
Note the liberty I've taken, with the inclusion of Spencerian - just a bit before its time!


Show & Tell / Re: Gothic & Copperplate display
« on: March 18, 2014, 05:37:07 PM »
I'm afraid that my background is very boring. I'm self-taught in Calligraphy and studied on my own. My first major interest was in Italic and I used Tom Gourdie's books to learn. All my learning has been from books and I taught myself Copperplate from Dick Jackson's "Copperplate Handwriting". All the other styles have come from various sources. For example, I learned most about Gothic from the writing of Friedrich Neugebauer.
This was a very long time ago, as I'm now 75. I've been a full-time, self-employed calligrapher for around 25 years.

See?......I told you that it was boring!  :-[


The penholder is from Unique Obliques (Brian Smith)

Show & Tell / Royal Proclamation
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:58:31 AM »

Show & Tell / Copperplate project
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:00:57 AM »
This piece of Copperplate was commissioned, framed and presented to a keen gardener.
I was particularly happy with the way this turned out, and I show my copy as an example of my work at every opportunity!

Contemporary and Modern Calligraphy / Upright Italic
« on: March 18, 2014, 07:39:54 AM »
This Upright Italic was written with a flexible nib. It has no name, as it's my own.

Show & Tell / Handwriting in colours
« on: March 18, 2014, 07:30:01 AM »

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Formal Italic - a definition
« on: March 18, 2014, 07:20:24 AM »

Show & Tell / Freeman Scroll
« on: March 18, 2014, 07:07:21 AM »
Written in a mixture of upright Italic & Foundational Script

Show & Tell / Self-promotional Material
« on: March 18, 2014, 07:01:56 AM »
This is from my own Promotional material from  couple of years ago.

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