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Offline prasad

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #45 on: July 22, 2017, 01:30:04 AM »
@Ken Fraser Thank you so much for re-collating this.  I was having panic attacks as I could not see the images in your earlier thread  ;D
Was going to write to you to find out what happened and then saw this.

Made my day.  Your talent and generosity is beyond compare.
Thanks again
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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #46 on: July 22, 2017, 09:54:01 AM »
Thanks, Prasad. I'm glad that you found them  :)

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #47 on: July 22, 2017, 04:45:20 PM »
K (the Greeks' kappa) predates the Romans and was used in their early inscriptions until they'd figured out a way to phase it out.  Can't say I've ever seen a rustic example from the classical period, however.  Incidentally, this pdf might be of interest.

I confess I was thinking more of Italian than Latin when I assumed that there wouldn't be a K (I know they are not identical but there are a lot of similarities) since Italian does not use the letter K except for words it might have borrowed from another language. 
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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #48 on: July 22, 2017, 05:36:16 PM »
IRISH UNCIAL
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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #49 on: July 23, 2017, 06:47:26 AM »
LIGHT ITALIC
This version of light Italic was written with a very narrow-edged nib at a slope angle of 8 degrees.
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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #50 on: July 23, 2017, 07:06:20 AM »
FORMAL ITALIC with SWASH CAPITALS

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #51 on: July 23, 2017, 08:28:49 AM »
CURSIVE ITALIC
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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #52 on: July 24, 2017, 05:38:23 PM »
BARDOLINO

A few years ago, I designed this lettering style. as entirely my own work. 

As everything has to have a name, I called it "Bardolino" after our favourite holiday destination in Italy. As the letters have built-in ligatures as part of the design, the minuscules butt together eliminating any need for careful inter-letter spacing.

If anyone wants to try this style for themselves, I would appreciate acknowledgement of its origin.

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #53 on: July 26, 2017, 04:54:43 PM »
ENGROSSER'S SCRIPT
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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #54 on: July 26, 2017, 06:54:53 PM »
BARDOLINO

A few years ago, I designed this lettering style. as entirely my own work. 

As everything has to have a name, I called it "Bardolino" after our favourite holiday destination in Italy. As the letters have built-in ligatures as part of the design, the minuscules butt together eliminating any need for careful inter-letter spacing.

If anyone wants to try this style for themselves, I would appreciate acknowledgement of its origin.

It's lovely, Ken.  I'm really enamored of the last down stroke on the miniscule h, m, and n.  I was going to ask what the specs were if someone wanted to try their hand at it, and then I thought, "Where's the fun in that?"  So, after printing it out and messing with a ruler and protractor and a few nibs, I came up with:

x= 5 nib widths
ascender/descender= 2.5 x
caps= 2x
slant= 15 degrees from perpendicular
pen angle= 50 degrees from baseline

Is that an accurate assessment?
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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #55 on: July 27, 2017, 07:36:55 AM »

x= 5 nib widths
ascender/descender= 2.5 x
caps= 2x
slant= 15 degrees from perpendicular
pen angle= 50 degrees from baseline

Is that an accurate assessment?

Spot on! That's absolutely accurate ; well done!  ;D

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Re: Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #56 on: July 28, 2017, 11:40:49 AM »

x= 5 nib widths
ascender/descender= 2.5 x
caps= 2x
slant= 15 degrees from perpendicular
pen angle= 50 degrees from baseline

Is that an accurate assessment?

Spot on! That's absolutely accurate ; well done!  ;D

Yay!  It was fun to do.  It's the kind of thing that speaks to my inner nerd.
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Re: My Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #57 on: July 29, 2017, 09:09:12 AM »
LOMBARDIC VERSALS


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Re: My Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #58 on: July 29, 2017, 10:23:54 AM »
@Ken Fraser :  A question about Copperplate/English Roundhand:  In your alphabets, some of the ascenders are looped but in your quote exemplars, those same ascenders are not looped (ie #05: the l and h).  I'm asking because I do often see copperplate with non-loop ascenders, but I'd rather use looped ascenders as I would rather "write" it than "draw" it (if that makes sense? minimal lifts is what I'm getting at here) and I already use looped ascenders in my regular handwriting, so it seems more natural to me.
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Re: My Compendium of Lettering Styles
« Reply #59 on: July 29, 2017, 04:36:31 PM »
@Ken Fraser :  A question about Copperplate/English Roundhand:  In your alphabets, some of the ascenders are looped but in your quote exemplars, those same ascenders are not looped (ie #05: the l and h).  I'm asking because I do often see copperplate with non-loop ascenders, but I'd rather use looped ascenders as I would rather "write" it than "draw" it (if that makes sense? minimal lifts is what I'm getting at here) and I already use looped ascenders in my regular handwriting, so it seems more natural to me.

Much of my Copperplate is influenced by examples in The Universal Penman where almost all of the ascenders are straight. I believe that the looped ascenders were a later development. I like both ways, but never mix them in the same piece of writing.
I understand your preference for looped ascenders being "written" as opposed to being "drawn" with minimal interruption, but, in fact, both straight and looped ascenders can be easily written smoothly without pen lifts.
The looped ascenders are written with an upward hairline to the right of the letter continuing without a break, anticlockwise into the shaded downstroke. The motion is virtually the same for a straight ascender. The hairline is produced upwards on the slope line and without stopping at the top, the tines are spread open and the downwards shaded stroke covers the hairline to the base line. Both styles of letter can be written smoothly and without pen lifts.

AFAIK Straight ascenders are never used in Engrosser's Script or in Spencerian.
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