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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 2
« on: December 22, 2020, 12:09:53 PM »
Good to hear from you Vipul. Given your ability and dedication, I was sure you would have gone past this hiccup. I felt others might benefit from the feedback though.

I have actually been teaching in person and online - just have not had time to manage that and do it here. From the looks of the image you shared, it doesn't look like you need any help with the majuscules :-)

- Salman

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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 2
« on: December 21, 2020, 03:57:04 PM »
Hi @Vipul - I know it has been a long time and am not sure if you're still interested in feedback but this might help someone.

I don't see much wrong with the stroke, or its angle, but I do see that you are turning short on both the waist and base lines. This tendency is quite common so you are not alone in doing this. The fact that you see something wrong means you are beginning to identify nuances of form better - it is both a blessing and a curse :-) You will see a difference if you include the waist and base lines in your stroke, the shaded part will cover more of the stroke and it will look better balanced against the inverted 'i's in the letter.

Remember guidelines are just that - guides, they are not bars in a cage to keep the letters in :-)

I hope this helps.

- Salman

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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Introduction (please read this first)
« on: December 21, 2020, 03:49:46 PM »
Thank you so much for the kind words Erica. It has been my pleasure and honour to be a part of this community. I will be hanging around and helping as and when needed.


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Introductions / Re: Introduction - hello from GA!
« on: November 04, 2020, 11:48:14 AM »
Welcome to the forum Callie. Its great to see so many people interested in learning calligraphy.

Choosing nibs is a matter of personal taste. I suggest people start with the Hunt 22, Hunt 101 and Zebra (or another) G nibs and then go from there. There are many many nice nibs out there so this is by no means a recommendation, just a starting point and a basis for comparison for other nibs.

Order at least 3 or 4 nibs of each as you do get bad nibs from time to time - having a few will let you make sure you understand what a nib is like. Also, your preferences will change over time and you might start enjoying a nib you didn't like in the initial tests.

- Salman

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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Introduction (please read this first)
« on: November 04, 2020, 11:42:34 AM »
Hello everyone. It is good to see the interest in these lessons. I am glad they continue to serve the purpose I intended them to serve.

I should apologize for dropping off the radar back there. I never thought my little break will extend this much to be honest. I will try my best to be back on a semi-regular basis.

As for the lessons, I think there is much to be gained from studying feedback given to previous students. We were at a point where I was pretty much repeating the same things. I know this means a bit more work for people but there's nothing like developing a sharp eye to improve one's calligraphy.

Welcome @ShalinaSalim @lyric and @RoseliGomes - please do share your work as you go through the lessons. I am sure you will get good feedback from others even if I'm a bit late in responding. Regularity in practice is much more important than the amount of practice - let no day go by without putting ink on paper even if it is one word...or even one letter.

- Salman

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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: January 29, 2019, 03:24:48 PM »
@NevadaDeb

You do a very detailed analysis of your work - the things you are picking up show your experience and deep understanding of lettering. It is really cool to see - I really enjoy studying your exercise sheets.

May I suggest taking a small step back for a little bit though? There are a couple of letters that can use a bit of refinement.

The first is the 'r'  - the whole of the blob on the 'r' and the 's' should be above the waist line. This will give you space to move the shoulder of the 'r' to about a 1/4 of the x-height below the waist line. It is far too low in the example above.

You can let the bottom part of the 's' go a bit more to the left - it is o.k. to have the finishing dot overlap or even be on the left side of the entry hairline.

The closing stroke in the loop of the 'f' is too heavy. Make it as a hairline for now and look for the nice almond shape of the 'j' stroke - speaking of which, the loops on the 'g' and are bit too round in the bottom part. The closing stroke of the 'e' is getting a bit heavy too.

The second 'c' in the 'x' works out better if you let the belly fall a bit below mid x-height. Since the max weight of the upside down 'c' is above mid x-height, this will give you room to tuck the second 'c' under it a bit without having to touch the two and risk ink bleeding into the hairline. I hope this makes sense :-)

I will be looking forward to the next one.

- Salman

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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: January 25, 2019, 12:56:51 PM »
@NevadaDeb

Debi - you have taken to this group of letters quite quickly. Very good work. Your notes on the exercise are spot on - if a bit too harsh at times :-)

Your letters structure is quite good. The next step is consistency. It looks like you are trying to make the 'o's a bit too narrow - let them breathe a little. The 'a' in your 'f' examples is good. Having such a narrow 'o' forces other letters like the 'r' and 'n' to be quite narrow which is hard to do resulting in an accordion like texture. For example, both examples of 'risk' have more relaxed spacing than say 'faxed'. The general rule for an 'o' is to be half the width of the height - this gives a pleasant looking shape that works well with the proportions of other letters.

As for the 'f' - all options would work in various places. I tend to make the entry hairline into the 'f' a bit higher (as if I'm going to make an 'i-n' join) this makes me me join the 'f' a bit higher but allows room for the 'blob'. In the last 'afr' I would put a light blob in the space after the 'a'.

- Salman

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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: January 20, 2019, 07:06:26 AM »
@NevadaDeb

There is plenty good in your work above Debi. It is great that you are holding yourself to a high standard but don't discount the progress you have made :-)

I will be looking forward to your next attempt.

- Salman

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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 3
« on: January 15, 2019, 12:28:55 PM »
@NevadaDeb

You are right about further improvement but these things can be worked on and apply to the other groups as well. You will continue to improve across the board. At this point, I don't think there is much value in sticking to this group any longer - you have a good understanding of the structure and can execute it well.

Looking forward to your work on the misfits.

- Salman

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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 3
« on: January 14, 2019, 03:39:58 PM »
@NevadaDeb

This looks really good Debi. The spacing and consistency in 'gauge' is particularly nice. Just let the loop of the 'g' come up a bit higher so the exit hairline can start at the base line. Other than that, things look good. Please move on to the next group.

- Salman

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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 4
« on: January 14, 2019, 03:29:39 PM »
@Diane Bennett

Very nicely done Diane. The 'r' is much improved - the one in 'risk' looks great. There is a tendency to make the second stroke slant a bit more so watch out for that (also on the second stroke of the 'k'). I am happy with the 's' too.

Let's move on to the sentence. Remember, you are planning the whole layout now so consistent spacing between the words also becomes important. Have fun with it - feel free to come up with a creative layout if you feel like it.

- Salman

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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: Copperplate Minuscules - Group 3
« on: January 02, 2019, 02:13:45 PM »
@NevadaDeb

A very happy new year to you too Debi. There is visible progress in the last 3 uploads. The 'c' in the very last 'ce' is just perfect.

A couple of things to look at:

- The eye of the 'e' should be a bit bigger - lose the shade in it for now. The 'c' in the last 'ce' would make an excellent 'e'. We should be able to see the almond shaped counter a bit more clearly.

- The shades are coming in a bit too abruptly at the base line i.e. the transition to a hairline starts in the last 1/4 of the stroke rather than 1/3rd.


- Salman

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Copperplate Tutorial by SMK / Re: General Feedback - Copperplate
« on: January 02, 2019, 01:52:14 PM »
@Vipul

Thank you so much Vipul. It is indeed exciting for me to see people make such great progress. Your script continues to develop in such an interesting way. I am glad to be a part of your journey.

- Salman

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Magnifiers
« on: December 27, 2018, 01:57:12 AM »
@Salman Khattak  Thank you for responding, I really appreciate it.  Jean, above, mentioned this method as well.  I'll come back in a few days and let you all know how it worked.  I bought some 2.5's today at the drugstore!

@lizabetht - I don't think these are the ones Jean mentioned - here is a link https://canada.michaels.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-MichaelsCanada-Site/en_CA/Product-Show?pid=10183194   - they cost around $13, are quite light and flip up when you don't need them.

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Tools & Supplies / Re: Magnifiers
« on: December 25, 2018, 02:38:45 AM »
Another cheap option is the magnifiers that clip over your glasses. The are 1.5x (strength 2.25) - you can find them for around $10 in the sewing section at Michaels. I use them for close up work and they work great.

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