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Italic Commission circa 2002
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:35:49 PM »
This is really embarrassing but I am posting this anyway so the Broad Pen section doesn't stand empty all by its lonesome! Let me preface this by saying, I have no recollection of actually doing this job AT ALL. At the time I was sleeping maybe 2 hours a night with a sick baby who had to "sleep" sitting up in my lap if he slept at all. I would work until 2 or 3 a.m. and then get up at 5.  :o I didn't know if I was coming or going.

So sadly, I have no idea who I did this for! But it cracks me up because you can see my early italic influence very clearly - UGH! Since then, thankfully, I have worked with some much better instructors and my italic has come a long way. Please - for the love of humanity - do NOT pin this anywhere! LOL!  :D

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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2014, 12:57:01 AM »
I don't want you to feel lonesome, Erica, so here is some ancient work of mine of I dug up. This is from the mid-80s. (I'm really dating myself!) It's not very artistic or imaginative, except for the rose bud, which was lifted from Maria Thomas. Please be aware, this was based one year of high school calligraphy.

I'm going to get some new broad nibs and start practicing again. And I would LOVE to see others more recent broad pen calligraphy!






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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2014, 01:08:09 AM »
You are a peach Lori! And your work is beautiful!  :D I'm so happy you shared!

I hope other members will share their broad pen work, too!

P.S. I LOVE how you make your 2's!  :D
« Last Edit: January 18, 2014, 01:09:46 AM by Erica McPhee »
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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2014, 01:53:41 AM »
Oh, thank you for creating this section Erica - seeing these lovely Italic Hand samples (both Erica and Lori's) make me happy! Loved both your stories with them too.

I know pointed pen is the "favorite" of the moment, but I have been "properly" learning broad pen styles for a while, and have really developed an appreciation for them. And I have to say, Italic Hand is TOUGH! So much more so than pointed pen. It's not just the 9 letter slant you have to worry about, there's also the 40 pen angle. Oh goodness. I struggled and struggled with Italic Hand in the beginning and finally started to get a little better at it. I hope to have time to practice more, it's such a beautiful hand.

Here's the final project I did for my Italic Class. We had to make a portfolio with five styles of Italic Hand. The ones I picked were Rounded, Pointed, Flourished, Chancery, and Formal Italic Hand. The flourished version to me was the toughest. My favorites are the top two.



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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2014, 03:43:08 AM »
Amazing work, Linda! I love number 3 (the flourished version?) - just stunning!

Although I love pointed pen and am so glad to finally be learning it, I still have a soft spot for broad pen, especially italic.
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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2014, 11:40:29 AM »
Wow, this is all so beautiful!  It really makes me want to study this hand!

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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2014, 11:16:25 PM »
Linda! So gorgeous!!! I LOVE the third version the most but they are all very good. I agree with you. I find italic even harder than pointed pen for the reasons you describe. Thanks for sharing! So inspiring!
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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2014, 03:44:02 PM »
Gorgeous work! I love the different alphabets, Linda. I've tried italic a few times but I'm realizing how far I have to go. It's hard to get the slant right. But I find it so encouraging that some of you think italic is harder than pointed pen - maybe pointed pen won't be too bad...
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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2014, 05:00:35 PM »
I have only just begun calligraphy (as in last week!!) And we are starting with foundational which I assume is the norm. I am really enjoying it. I would not really be able to tell good from bad at this point so let me just say it, they all look wonderful to me!!

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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2014, 04:52:48 AM »
Such beautiful work here! 
I really like your invites Lori, they are very well done.
And Linda, what a fabulous job on the alphabets! 
Erica, I really love how you are brave enough to post your old work on this forum!  Although you did a great job at the time, you can see how your skill level has improved exponentially! 
I will have to have a look to see if I've got anything I could post on this thread. :)

Cheers
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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2014, 08:07:46 PM »
These are all so beautiful!  I have a long way to go in Italic.  Thank you for sharing your work!

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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2014, 05:16:33 PM »
And I would LOVE to see others more recent broad pen calligraphy!


This simple Italic was written with a broad-edged nib - admittedly with a very narrow tip!
 
I think that the huge nib width to x height relationship, gives the lettering a light, airy look. Any opinions?



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Re: Italic Commission circa 2002
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2014, 10:49:41 PM »
I love it Ken.  I agree that it gives a light airy look - I am playing with different x-heights at the moment, because I just can't seem to find one that works for me.  Something about my inexperience means if I don't use at least 6 nib-widths, it just looks dense and miserable.