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Offline RoughDiamond

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Theory is Important
« on: August 30, 2022, 06:28:49 PM »
This struck me as being so valid to copperplate rather like it is so valid to learning a musical instrument. Understanding the underlying concepts of the script is an essential part of producing a good result.

Without the basics or fundamentals there is no structure which is why we drill and understand things like our "basic strokes" and then the letter forms and the spacing. The principles learned from these aspects gives us a stronger foundation on which to build and saves a lot of time in the long run.

This is why I always suggest that people who are serious about developing a good of even great copperplate hand do as much study as they do practise. In this respect, self critique and honesty with oneself is a vital ingredient for a self-learner. Carrying on carrying on is not the best way forward for the serious practitioner.

This piece was done on Canson marker paper with a Leonardt Principal EF nib with walnut ink. x-heights for the main text are 5mm and 10mm although the opening majuscule is 60mm in height. I got carried away with the flourishing and ended up with some kind of bird building a nest!

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Re: Theory is Important
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2022, 12:32:00 PM »

And such good advice. This is why I have spent the past 5 years relearning Copperplate and completely changing my hand. After decades of repeating the same mistakes, I relearned all the fundamentals and broke down every single letter in order to rebuild my Engrosser's Script. It has made a world of difference in all other styles as well because you can then truly "see" the letter forms.  :)
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