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A small exercise in flourished, coloured gouache.

A musical term
This G is written backwards starting with the exit hairline and with the paper rotated anti-clockwise.

Decorative Copperplate

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Copperplate
« on: July 23, 2021, 03:34:12 AM »
Original name for Copperplate.

I always produce the ascender in a single stroke as b in the top line. Occasionally I'll add the small right-sided shade separately.

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Penhold
« on: June 27, 2021, 10:11:13 AM »
The triangular or tripod penhold

Classic Script

The beauty of a letter

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Summer 2021
« on: June 16, 2021, 04:26:51 AM »

Ornate majuscule P written with an oblique penholder in a tripod (triangular) handhold: copied from an historical, 18th century source.

These imitation notes were for the Justerini & Brooks casino.

Two beautiful examples of Engrsser's script.

In Joyce Irene Whalley's  book "The Art of Calligraphy" there appears a complete page of exceptionally, beautifully constructed copperplate by Duncan Smith dating from 1794.
The only drawback is the very fine hairlines, which are difficult to see and actually disappear in places. She accompanies this example with the following :-
"The illustration shows the weakness  inherent in this style of writing, with its tendency to undue emphasis on the contrast between the thick and thin strokes. Carried to excess, it could make the writing almost illegible."

I tend to agree with this. In some quarters, great emphasis is placed on producing the finest possible hairlines. I much prefer the first example with a nice balance between the strokes. Not only is it much easier to read, it could easily be copied without image loss. I once downloaded some interesting material from the IAMPETH site and ended up throwing it out,  because throughout, the hairlines had virtually disappeared making it illegible and pointless. The contrast between the weighted strokes and the hairlines contributes greatly to the beauty of Engrosser's and Copperplate scripts but it's so easy to overdo it, and end up producing illegibility. 

There are two good reasons for the scrappy appearance of this whisky label.

Firstly, it was one of 250 labels, every one written by hand for a large London hotel.

Secondly. as you can see it's very roughly written Copperplate. Fortunately, the management wanted it to look handwritten,
so I didn't have to be too careful. The paper they chose was a rough, parchment paper.

The back label stated :- To reflect the exceptional quality of this whisky, every label has been handwritten.

Show & Tell / Re: Caroline minuscule
« on: June 09, 2021, 03:42:49 AM »
This is from my archives from some years ago. I wanted to accentuate the aged look, so I wrote it with an old, blunt-edged Manuscript nib (to avoid it looking too clean cut) with Higgins Black Eternal ink. The x height was 4mm. The colour was diluted gouache. Thanks for asking.

Show & Tell / Caroline minuscule
« on: June 08, 2021, 07:04:15 AM »
Caroline Minuscule

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