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Kind Critique / Please help me with my Copperplate :)
« on: July 02, 2022, 10:04:57 AM »
Hello everyone! :)

Would you mind helping me with my Copperplate script?
I started learning towards the beginning of 2022. I take in-person classes whenever I can but since I had a newborn, now 8 month old, and the classes are quite far from my home and workplace, that was no easy business.
I practice every night these days, and when I can't I practice visualizing or try to flip through calligraphy books. Still, the progress is incredibly slow.

Because I never seem to feel good enough to actually write sentences, I ask for commissions from my loved one.
The first image is a sentence I am practicing for my cousin. It says "Omnia vincit amor" which means "Love triumphs over all things" and comes from a poem by Virgil.
I have practiced this one several times over and have been learning the capitals that go with it.
I always practice with a height of 1cm for the minuscule.

Below is a text I haven't practiced before. It's the beginning of a poem in French. I have made myself write smaller, which I need to learn but am not used to. I'm fairly frustrated with my work and see a lot of things I need to change. But I need your eyes and perspective!

Would you be so kind as to give me advice based on the pictures below?

Thank you for reading!

p.s. the very last picture is a humble collection of wee things I do. Nowhere close to where I want to be, but it makes the post more personal than my dull practice above.

Kind Critique / Re: Please RIGHT if I'm WRONG - Copperplate
« on: July 01, 2022, 09:17:58 PM »
Is it ok to post on a topic that has been inactive for a while?

I just wanted to say this thread is awesome. It is super encouraging to see you improve over the years, and interesting to see the back and forth exchanges with the various members.
I think you are pretty daring from the beginning, writing long texts even though your alphabet isn't perfect yet. And a few years later your work is gorgeous!
This is very encouraging to me because I tend to get fixated on the drills and never want to do longer text before my technique is perfect, which obviously it never is.

Question: I see in the very beginning that you have been using graph paper. I like the idea. Do you recommend it? I like the idea of having a visual of every millimeter on the page (control freak speaking).

I hope you are having a great time creating beautiful artwork. And please keep posting on this thread, it's a great source of encouragement!

All the best,


Introductions / Re: Hello from Paris!
« on: July 01, 2022, 02:00:40 PM »
Thank you all for your kind messages! I look forward to being more active on this forum :)

Introductions / Hello from Paris!
« on: June 12, 2022, 06:39:15 PM »
Hello everyone, I'm excited to join you on this lovely forum!

My name is Lucie and I live in Paris. I'm 32 years old and work as a caregiver in the hospital. Among other things, I like to muse on how calligraphy could be part of an art therapy program for very sick patients.

I have been learning calligraphy on and off in the past years. I picked it up again a few months ago, after a very busy period in my life, and I intend to keep it up... forever!

I am very introspective and like pointing out how the blocks and breakthroughs in my calligraphy journey teach me about myself and about life in general.

I also like comparing the process of learning calligraphy with the process of learning a musical instrument (I have been learning the Celtic harp for a year and a half.

Also, I overthink stuff... a lot! Feel free to remind me when I'm doing it haha.

That said, I'm grateful there's a place for calligraphy enthusiasts to meet and share, and I am incredibly happy to join you here.

Cheers from Paris!


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