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Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design Paperback – February 20, 2001
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Calligraphy remains perennially popular, often adorning wedding invitations, diplomas, and commercial signs. Whether it is Roman, Gothic, Celtic, Bookhand, or Italic style, calligraphy conveys class and elegance. Margaret Shepherd makes this ancient art form accessible in a completely hand-lettered technical guide that will:
* Provide context for calligraphy as an art, exploring the rich tradition of hand-lettering and mapping the evolution of the most popular styles.
* Give detailed technical advice on choosing pens, paper, and inks, setting up your workspace, mastering various pen angles, along with step-by-step illustrations to guide you as you practice.
* Explain which alphabets are appropriate for different forms of writing. For example, the Roman alphabet works well for short, unpunctuated passages, while the Italic alphabet is more suited to informal everyday communication.
* Encourage you to personalize your lettering by using variant strokes and interpreting how you would like the words to look on the page.
* Inspire you with carefully chosen illustrations and examples, which bring letters to life.
In Margaret Shepherd's own words, "Calligraphy trains not only your eye and hand, but your mind as well." Learn Calligraphy is the authoritative primer for this age-old craft, and will help develop a new appreciation for lettering as you discover yourcreative personality.
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One thing she does not do is to cover every hand imaginable. There are lots of books like that out there. Rather, she only covers a small number of hands, but covers them very thoroughly, with a special eye to us novices. For example, once I got the basic hands down, I found one of my main problems was spacing the letters. Nothing looks worse than inconsistent horizontal spacing. She gives good coverage to this important issue, for example suggesting that you step back and look at it from a distance. Try it - if you're a novice, you'll be surprised at how different (and maybe bad) it looks.
I also very much enjoy the samples of projects that she shows as examples of how to apply each hand. In this she highlights the talents of (I assume) her friends, and it adds to the book. Looking at alphabet after alphabet as is done in typical calligraphy books, you don't get a good feel for how you'd use each one, and variations you can apply. Her other book "Calligraphy Projects for Pleasure and Profit" (which I also have) gives you lots more along these lines, but the ones in this book are different and I find them just as valuable.
I even like the way she letters the whole book in her (what she admits is slightly idiosyncratic) italic hand.Read more ›
I think this is the best of the starter books. Very easy and a fun read too!
I will definitely suggest this book for calligraphy. It is worthy it!
Great space for practicing, lots of alphabets shown, a nice way to introduce arguments ... a must have book for all calligraphers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is sort of confused
It is an excellent introduction to basic technique of calligraphy with extremely good and solid advice, but while it has worksheets it... Read more
I have several calligraphy books, but I wanted to try this one to see if there were any different kinds of alphabets or extra help with the ever-pesky letter "d. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Dame Droiture
this is so much fun, i'm making all kinds of birthday cards and any other cardsPublished 7 days ago by Mimi,Trinity & Keagan
I confess, I got this book with no intention of learning calligraphy. I was more interested in learning _about_ calligraphy; the different font styles, the esthetic principles, the... Read morePublished 13 days ago by K. Bunker
I've taken a class on Calligraphy and have tried a few books, but I find that most books aren't very helpful. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kristine Lofgren
Outstandingly easy for me to understand! I love the artsy form of beautiful handwriting, and its all here in this book of Calligraphy. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mary S. Dickson
When I was entering college, I was faced with the challenge of how to get professors to notice my work to reduce the chance of being ignored or not remembered. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Colorgirl
This is an excellent introduction to modern calligraphy and would be a superb textbook for a beginning calligraphy class. Read morePublished 27 days ago by William Carpenter