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Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Menu page
« on: April 06, 2022, 10:18:33 AM »
The pricing is a bit misleading because this page from a hotel menu was written approx.30 years ago.

W & S written in 2 strokes.

Pen drawing and text for a hotel promotion

x height 6mm The top of the letter T was written with double strokes.

Being self-taught isn't necessarily a bad thing.
I know that being taught in person by a skilled craftsperson in Calligraphy and Penmanship, is the ideal situation as flaws and errors can be picked up and corrected simply.
However, with a bit of patience and perseverance it's possible to self-teach. In fact, it's sometimes preferable as there are some practitioners out there whose work is inferior and who are passing on their faults to beginners. It can take some time to develop the eye to discern between the good and the not-so-good. There's no regulation and there are many out there just looking for a quick buck.
Take advice from someone whose work you admire and respect or do the following -
For Beginners - a personal method
As regards learning Copperplate (English Roundhand) this was my method, years ago. it was a bit laborious but it did work.
Working from exemplary lettering in The Universal Penman I wrote out the whole minuscule alphabet a few times at x height 8mm. I then studied each letter carefully, being really critical. There were one or two letters which were OK first time. These I put, mentally ,to one side and wrote out just the remaining letters again. I did this repeatedly, discarding the letters which looked Ok until I was left with two or three letters which still gave me trouble, After repeatedly writing just these letters, I finally arrived at the point where I was happy with the whole minuscule alphabet and could write it all easily, without too much trouble. I then repeated the whole process with the majuscules. Once I had the whole alphabet down, I them moved onto combinations of letters and finally, words.
If this is done assiduously, it's possible to self-learn Copperplate lettering in this way and It will stay in the memory and can be used as required, without constant reference to exemplars.

The two basic rules which apply to the construction of flourished elements have remained unchanged since they were first used in the eighteenth century.
There are only 2 basic rules which apply to their construction.
Heavy lines (shades) should never cross one another. The result always looks clumsy.
Lines should cross at as high an angle as practicable, ideally at 90 degrees. This produces attractive open spacing which doesn't overwhelm the lettering.
These are two basic examples which have been used with modifications thousands of times over the years and provided the basic rules are adhered to, the results are always graceful. Remember that flourishing should enhance the lettering and never dominate it.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / The Compound Curve
« on: March 07, 2022, 03:33:23 AM »
A Compound Curve and the  letter G written with a versatile oblique penholder

Lettering for Hotel promotion.

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Nadia Comaneci
« on: February 03, 2022, 04:53:54 PM »
Acknowledging the wonderfully gifted Romanian gymnast who will forever be remembered as the first to achieve the perfect score of ten no fewer than seven times on the way to winning three gold medals at the 1970 Montreal Olympics

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Quotation
« on: January 31, 2022, 08:53:32 AM »

This quote by Henry Van Dyke would make a suitable insertion written out in a Valentine's day card.

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / Metallic inks
« on: January 18, 2022, 04:38:37 AM »
Written with Mairmeri Metallic Inks

Copperplate, Engrosser's Script, Roundhand Calligraphy / White Christmas
« on: December 05, 2021, 09:19:53 AM »
 White Christmas  ;D

Handwritten with an oblique penholder

Here's an example of Copperplate written with a small, square edged, metal nib. . It's possible, but very difficult as the hairlines have to be produced with the corner of the nib. I know that this is how it was originally written, but a quill nib carries more ink than a metal one.

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