I've preached about the beauty of copperplate calligraphy before -- arguably the most beautiful form of hand lettering. I've encouraged you to at least try your had at producing it by hand, because by doing so you experience the true are and craft of penmanship. Here's some help to get you started
In our Creative Tidbits series this month, we show several videos that give you a really good look at some of the most superb copperplate lettering we've seen; created by lettering masters. The beauty and style of this art can become contageous when you see it done by these highly skilled master craftsmen.
Italic and Copperplate Calligraphy:
The Basics and Beyond
In recent years, calligraphy has evolved from an esoteric art form to an everyday pursuit for artists, students, and amateurs. This guide for novices with some experience offers the chance to advance to the next level.
This well-illustrated, step-by-step instruction by an expert calligrapher explains every detail of the two most popular calligraphic alphabets. Author Eleanor Winters introduces the Italic hand, which originated during the Renaissance, and the Copperplate style, which dominated European calligraphy during the eighteenth century. Her three-part approach begins with a review of the basics, advancing to variations in letter size, form, weight, and flourishes. It concludes with a wealth of advice on layout and design as well as inspiration for original projects.
But to discover the real value of this inexpensive book, take a look at pages directly excerpted from the book. Even if you don't try calligraphy -- the book provides an excellent understanding of the letter forms and their appropriate use. And for just $16, this 240-page book coule possibly inspire you some some extraordinary work.
(1) Read the Introduction
(2) Read Copperplate Calligraphy for Invitations
(3) Read Working with Color Values
(4) Study Variations on Italic Minuscules
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Italic and Copperplate Calligraphy: The Basics and Beyond
Author/Editor: Eleanor Winters
Format: Book ; Page Count: 240
Dimensions: 8 3/8 x 11
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