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Offline Ken Fraser

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« on: August 10, 2021, 08:28:44 AM »
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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2021, 04:03:21 PM »
That is as good as it gets right there! Outstanding Ken!  :)
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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2021, 04:30:38 AM »
Thanks, Erica :)

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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2021, 04:50:45 PM »
@Ken Fraser - Last year I read a compelling article about scribal choices of the secretary "a" vs the two-compartment "a" that is native to anglicana formata (the Ellesmere scribe uses both within the same manuscript!). So upon seeing all of your blackletter variations here, I was wondering how you personally (as a modern scribe) choose which to use.
--yours, K

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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2021, 05:38:06 PM »
to K-2

Regarding the two forms of a - I have no particular preference and use either, depending on the content. I find that there is great variation in Blackletter scripts.
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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2021, 09:50:52 PM »
@Ken Fraser - that "depending on the content" is the crux of the matter!  Do particular types of content call out to you for one or the other?  The article I was referring to argues that late medieval scribes working on vernacular manuscripts did not make these decisions randomly, even if they may have been unconscious/subconscious choices.

The really interesting observation is that in some manuscripts, we witness the same scribe using BOTH the secretary and the two-compartment "a" - which I think most contemporary calligraphers like you or me would tend to avoid.

I would be so fascinated to know what your thought process might be - or if you are even aware that you have a decision process (it almost sounds like you make subconscious decisions about them).  Do you feel some types of blackletter go better with some subjects than others?  Even if you can't quite put your finger on why?

--thanks again for your input!  K

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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2021, 10:43:15 AM »
Wow, what a wonderfully done compendium of styles.

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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2021, 07:51:06 AM »
Good question K-2.  I think that I tend to work instinctively. I try not to over-think things as I feel that it might destroy the simple pleasure of writing.  And so, yes, I probably do make choice mistakes from time to time! :(

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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2021, 12:56:38 AM »
wow, woderful nice Styles , I wish I saw them expresses one word or a sentence to see the defference colosely.
Here are the styles of Arabic Calligraphy for one sentence




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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2021, 09:00:38 AM »
Here are the styles of Arabic Calligraphy for one sentence


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What is the sentence in English?

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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2021, 01:23:51 PM »
WOW! Stunning work @Arabic calligraphy . Itís so beautiful!  :)
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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2021, 01:38:32 AM »
Hello, thanks for your comment, the sentence means “In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful” written in these styles:

1- Naskh
2- Reqaa
3- Thuluth
4-Nastaliq
5- Dewani
6- and Kufi

Every style has its own Strict rules, we use Noqta or Arabic dot as a unit measurement of each letter in each style, except kufic style, because it is a geometric one.

see this image as example

 


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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2021, 11:13:13 PM »
I'd like to know the measurement unit in English calligraphy, or it depends on specific rule.

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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2021, 10:31:15 AM »
Calligraphic styles
@Ken Fraser That is top-notch work, as usual!  Absolute perfection!  Is "Caroline" also known as "carolignian" calligraphy?  I've always called it the latter instead of the former. 

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Re: Calligraphic Styles
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2021, 06:45:45 PM »
wow, woderful nice Styles , I wish I saw them expresses one word or a sentence to see the defference colosely.
Here are the styles of Arabic Calligraphy for one sentence



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