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Offline Ken Fraser

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Re: Copperplate & Italic
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2014, 11:57:07 AM »
Lovely! Ken, can you tell us more about your calligraphy journey? How frequently do you practice (or did you as you learned). You have such proficiency in so many hands. . . I would love to learn how you achieved it. Also, I'm curious, do you have fine handwriting as well? Your normal every day handwriting? Lastly, do you draw or have illustration experience? Your ability to recognize and execute line quality is astounding.  :)
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Re: Copperplate & Italic
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2014, 06:14:37 PM »
Lovely! Ken, can you tell us more about your calligraphy journey? How frequently do you practice (or did you as you learned). You have such proficiency in so many hands. . . I would love to learn how you achieved it. Also, I'm curious, do you have fine handwriting as well? Your normal every day handwriting? Lastly, do you draw or have illustration experience? Your ability to recognize and execute line quality is astounding.  :)

Thanks Erica.

My background was fairly ordinary. I was born in 1938 and although I was attracted by lettering from an early age, in Scotland in the 1950s there was little interest in calligraphy.
 
In 1955 I bought ďItalic HandwritingĒ by Tom Gourdie when it was first published and I bought a set of Osmiroid Fountain Pens. I devoured the book from cover to cover and I still consider to be invaluable for those learning Italic. Luckily, I like learning from books and I enjoyed the experience of developing an everyday Italic hand which Iíve retained as my normal handwriting to the present day. Over the years, as I found the other fundamental lettering styles in print i.e. Foundational, Uncial, Gothic etc. I just studied and copied them until I could add them to my repertoire. Gradually, over time, I began to get more and more work and some of it has been fairly prestigious. Iíve had commissions for Calligraphy for presentation to Royalty, leading Politicians, TV, the Church and various scrolls for local Government.

Iíve always been a bit of a loner as regards Calligraphy and I was (and still am) content to work away on my own.

When learning a new hand, I have a fairly structured approach, working on individual letters, gradually whittling down the number as I concentrate on those still giving trouble, until I can write the hand easily and smoothly, without too much reference to an exemplar sheet.

Even today, flexible nib writing is largely ignored in the UK as valid form of Calligraphy and, as a result, I came late to Copperplate and even later to Spencerian. Whilst I enjoy writing all hands, I have a particular liking for Copperplate.

I do some writing most days. During quiet spells in my work, I write for fun, covering many sheets of paper with random lettering in all styles.

My calligraphy is a craft which anyone can learn, and isnít an art which requires imagination and creativity. There is a wealth of information in print these days and all that is required is observation and patience - and a love of lettering, of course.

Lastly, in answer to your question, I also draw and paint and I have produced artwork on commission as limited edition prints by an Art Gallery. I also produced the artwork for a Whisky Map of Scotland and I occasionally draw portraits.

And thatís about it. I did say that my background is fairly ordinary!

Ken

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Re: Copperplate & Italic
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2014, 06:23:15 PM »
Ordinary but inspiring, Ken.  I think you are more of an inspiration because you haven't had great luck or the opportunity to learn from a master at a young age or anything - you just have dedication and hard work.  And that means, to me, that your perfection is something I might one day hope to attain ... :)

Thank you.  For your work, and for being so willing to share.

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Re: Copperplate & Italic
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2014, 06:57:54 PM »
Thank you, Moya. It's always nice to know that your work is appreciated. :)

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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2014, 01:46:29 AM »
Ordinary he says!

Extraordinary, I say!!
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Re: Copperplate & Italic
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2014, 01:52:08 AM »
That drawing is amazing. So much talent. 

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Re: Copperplate & Italic
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2014, 12:39:12 PM »
Well, I am so glad I asked! And Schin took the words right out of my mouth ... extraordinary! I am in complete awe. And wow - I see your ability to see lines extends far beyond calligraphy. Your artwork is astounding. Thank you for sharing with us Ken.  :)
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Re: Copperplate & Italic
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2014, 06:55:44 PM »

My background was fairly ordinary.
Maybe, but your work is extraordinary.

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Re: Copperplate & Italic
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2015, 02:13:46 PM »
Thanks for sharing