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Kind Critique / Re: Please help
« on: July 29, 2020, 09:36:36 PM »
Thank you for all the encouragement! Your posts are so inspiring. My calligraphy journey has been dotted by trialling multiple nib and paper combinations and figuring out which work, I probably might have obsessed on this way more than I am supposed to, but I know what I like now. Theres been a short detour with business penmanship as well lol. I just need to focus more.

Ash— your work is amazing and so elegant! I see the control and consitency  that you have developed over time. Thank you for sharing your journey, its very inspiring.

Starlee— I know, its just I feel like I know what these letters should look like in my mind after looking them overr and ove again— i have days that i fall asleep with letterforms being the last thing on my mind and then I dream of ovals chasing me. But my hands just refuse to be consistent, I can do a perfect in my mind oval and cant replicate it 3 ovals later. (Helps that an oval should be an oval and not a potato- things that a noob cant see even if they try to).

Anyway I am still at it.. attaching the receipts- basically the pile of practice papers— not proud of them and sorry about the blurriness— not looking for critique with this— its still letterforms which need to be embossed in my mind.. No breakthroughs other than Sumi is now cooperating with me.  No structure in my practice too— I just need to listen to what you are telling me. I Do wonky overdone tryhard flourishes, work stresses me out and playing around can be ... relaxing, I guess? They dont help though with getting better I suppose.

Kind Critique / Re: Please help
« on: May 17, 2020, 03:07:12 PM »
Thanks so much Erica. I think making my ovals look more like eggs than potatoes made a big difference— its funny because I am oblivious to it. Its my natural O so Ive been wondering why my copperplate looks susoiciously similar to my cursve.
This isnt perfect, and still has some spacing problems, consistency and a wonky D but working on a proper oval helped with connector issues too. I still need to make my oval slant consistent also, but I think fixing those fat oval shapes was key to moving forward.

Thanks again.

Kind Critique / Re: Please help
« on: May 15, 2020, 09:39:50 PM »
So Im going back to work next week and Im grateful I have a job, but will miss calligraphy practice, which saved me from insanity. Will just have to make time for it.
I did the drills, and there is a bit of more “confidence” in the lines, but still “off” i think. Not much improvement I think from end of April. I realize now that learning is the easy part, but refining the craft will take a while and may be life long. I just added too my practice sheet from mid March at start of lockdown just to make me feel better that I did not waste my time “doodling” ovals.

Please have at it and roast me :D

Kind Critique / Re: Please help
« on: April 30, 2020, 08:42:45 PM »
I think this is a lightbulb moment for me. I believed I had a light hand because I did better with a hunt 101 than a nikko g, but now I realize I am strangling the pen even if I wasnt pressing down hard. I think I am seeing the direction I should go now— mainly do drills on basic letter strokes until my forearm gets it and stop choking  the pen holder.

I did get some ovals in today, and a good chunk of them looked like potatoes,  but I am seeing what I am doing wrong. Its pretty relaxing.

Many thanks for your input Erica and inky fingers.

Kind Critique / Re: Please help
« on: April 30, 2020, 01:25:39 PM »
Thanks so much for feedback.
Is this what you mean by oval drills?

I have a lot of respect for the work and attention to detail that all of you put through this. It looked easy when I knew nothing about it!

Kind Critique / Please help
« on: April 29, 2020, 11:07:03 PM »
Ive made a lot of progress since I held that dip pen again this lockdown. But this week, Ive plateaud. And I think I stopped listening to my critiques and just kept chugging along, as a result, my practice is leading to nowhere. I thought I was on my way to being super calligrapher before lockdown ends, lol.

My letters remain shaky— should the wrist be off the table and unsupported (thats a lot of effort for me) or is it resting (but then I cant control my larger strokes very well and the slant goes everywhere).
Ive been reading previous critiques too- there is a wealth of information there! I think I should consider tracing majuscules too as recommneded in another thread.
I guess what I am trying to say is, I think my work is okay. But how do you get this to next level and less amateur looking?

And I like sumi ink because it is smooth, but my letters come out furry even if I add some water. I see other people’s work and their letters come out crisp. Is it still my shaky weak hand that is to blame here?


Introductions / Re: Hi from DC so happy to be here!
« on: April 12, 2020, 12:22:38 AM »
Thank you so much for the warm welcome! I am learning a lot in these forums!

Introductions / Hi from DC so happy to be here!
« on: April 09, 2020, 02:47:02 PM »

Thank you for accepting my request!
I’m Din. I attempted copperplate and modern calligraphy about 2 years ago with a nikko g nib, sumi and rhodia pad with disastrous results and decided that it was not for me.  It was so disastrous I quit! I splurged on a flex nib fountain pen and was able to study with Dr. Vitolo’s book and Eleanor Winters, but nothing regular as I have a day job that has nothing to do with writing, or art. With this lockdown, I did a Mari Kondo declutter and discovered the nibs and ink again. I was ready to toss them into the trash but decided to give it one more go. The nikko g was still hard for me to use but my practice seemed promising. After perusing these forums, instagram and youtube, I decided to get new nibs— a brause Ef and leonardt principal! Lets just say Ive been happy with my progress and very inspired in these uncertain times. Calligraphy is hand yoga for me!

I am attaching my last practice sheet because I am so happy to be here. The calligraphy community has been so gracious and so lovely— at keast based on what I see on instagram and here!
I know how to do minuscule s, r and k in theory but my hands are refusing to, so that these letters are still my regular letters. I am working on spacing, and My hand is still refusing to square off properly. My hands are also shaky, and Im not even a coffee drinker!

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