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My Compendium of Lettering Styles
« on: July 17, 2017, 06:58:16 AM »
INDEX

#00  Italic
#01  Uncial
#02  Foundational
#03  Spencerian
#04  Clerestory font (handwritten)
#05  Copperplate ; English Roundhand
#07  Gothic Rotunda
#08  Kaufmann font (handwritten)
#09  Spencerian Ladies' Hand
#10  Spencerian Business Writing
#11  Elicit font (handwritten)
#12  Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch font (handwritten)
#14  Madarasz Script
#15  Upright Italic
#16  Vivaldi font (handwritten)
#17  Vere Foster Civil Service Script
#18  Italic with Swash Capitals
#19  Double Stroke Foundational
#20  Italian Hand 18th Century
#21  Italic pointed variation
#22  Italicized Uncial
#23  Uncial var. by Byron J Macdonald
#24  Gothic var. by Byron J Macdonald
#35  English Court Hand
#39  Rustic Capitals
#44  Spencerian & Copperplate
#48  Irish Uncial
#49  Light Italic
#50  Formal Italic with Swash capitals
#51  Cursive Italic
#52  Bardolino
#53  Engrosser's Script
#57  Lombardic Versals


ITALIC

This version of Italic is only one of many variations. It was written at a slope angle of 5 degrees from the horizontal with a Rotring Artpen fitted with an edged nib.
It is very suitable for use as everyday handwriting as it can be written very fast without breaklng down and becoming illegible

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 07:03:41 AM »
UNCIAL

Whilst this script is too slow for everyday handwriting, it is very effective as a style for letter writing where time isn't such an issue.
The letters are written wide and spaced close together.
The exemplar was written with a Rotring Artpen fitted with an edged nib.

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 07:07:57 AM »
FOUNDATIONAL

This alphabet was written with a broad-edged nib fitted in a Manuscript fountain pen.
The paper was Conqueror smooth white and the ink was Higgins Eternal.

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 07:17:25 AM »
SPENCERIAN

Spencerian Script was devised by Platt R Spencer after whom it was named.
For extensive information on the style, go to www.iampeth .com
This exemplar was written with a Hunt 101 nib in an oblique holder with Iron Gall ink.

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 07:27:46 AM »
CLERESTORY (font) handwritten Gothic Textura

This exemplar was written with a Rotring Artpen fitted with an edged nib. The paper was Mondi IQ Selection
100gsm white and the ink was Higgins Eternal black.
This is a handwritten version of the Clerestory font.

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 07:30:21 AM »
@Ken Fraser I am unfamiliar with "Clerestory font".  Is it a computer font??  Has it ever been a handwriting style, like Uncial or Italic?  It's very attractive!

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2017, 07:31:33 AM »
COPPERPLATE (English Roundhand)

The version of English Roundhand (Copperplate) derives from 18th century exemplars. It was written with a Gillott 303 flexible dip nib in an oblique holder. The ink was Higgins Eternal and the paper was Mondi IQ Selection 100gsm. It was written at a slope angle of 55 degrees from the horizontal.

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2017, 07:35:09 AM »
GOTHIC ROTUNDA
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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017, 07:42:21 AM »
KAUFMANN handwritten

This is a handwritten version of the monoline font 'Kaufmann'.
The alphabet was written with a Pelikan fountain pen fitted with a round-tipped fine nib.
The text was written with an edged nib, creating an attractive alternative.

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2017, 07:48:25 AM »
SPENCERIAN LADIES HAND

This style, with minimal shading, was originally written with a straight penholder. As such, it is well suited to being written with a fountain pen with a moderately flexible nib. I wrote this, and the alphabet, with a Namiki Falcon.
The shading can follow the pattern of shading in Spencerian, or omitted altogether, or as in this example it can be used on all downstrokes, as in Roundhand aka Copperplate.
The most obvious characteristic is in the extended ascenders and descenders. This, combined with modest shading, gives the lettering a light, elegant look which no doubt accounts for the name 'Ladies Hand'. It can, of course, be written with as much pleasure, by either sex.

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2017, 07:53:50 AM »
SPENCERIAN BUSINESS WRITING
The 'Business Writing' alphabet was written with a Pelikan fountain pen fitted with a round-tipped nib.
The ink was Aurora black and the paper was Conqueror smooth white.

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2017, 08:13:12 AM »
ELICIT handwritten

This handwritten interpretation of the font called "Elicit" was written with a Rotring ArtPen.
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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2017, 08:22:16 AM »
@Ken Fraser I am unfamiliar with "Clerestory font".  Is it a computer font??  Has it ever been a handwriting style, like Uncial or Italic?  It's very attractive!

Janis

Of all the styles, Gothic scripts have by far the greatest range of variations. This is just one of the many scripts under the general heading of Gothic.
This is based on a computer font which was written/drawn to simulate handwriting. This is going full circle;  attempting to make a few minor adjustments to produce a style which can be easily handwritten.

Text : Clerestory font handwritten

for full alphabet see reply #04

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2017, 08:24:00 AM »
WILHELM KLINGSPOR GOTISCH Handwritten

This is a handwritten interpretation of the Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch font designed by Rudolph Koch. It is a particularly attractive style IMO which easily lends itself to handwriting with very few modifications.
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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2017, 08:38:52 AM »
MADARASZ SCRIPT 

This much-admired hand was devised by Louis Madarasz. He called this Spencerian/Copperplate hybrid, "Madarasz Script". It was written here with a Brause Rose 76 nib and Higgins Eternal ink.
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