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Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Elegant Lettering Paperback – April 19, 2016
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"Long an admirer of her beautiful work, I'm delighted to see Judy Detrick draw upon her knowledge and masteryof calligraphy, as well as her extensive teaching experience, to write a book for beginners. Judy's clear and practical instruction coupled with gentle encouragement every step of the way makes this a good choice for anyone to begin the journey into the fascinating world of calligraphy."
— Susie Taylor, curator of the Harrison Collection of Calligraphy
“This lovely manual introduces you to basic capital and lower-case letters, as well as pretty flourishes to customise your writing for any project or occasion”
—Creativity, Book of the Month Review
About the Author
JUDY DETRICK is a calligrapher and designer living on the Mendocino coast of Northern California. She taught calligraphy and graphic design at College of the Redwoods on the Mendocino coast for more than twenty-five years and developed the Graphic Arts Certificate Program there. Her work can be found in several anthologies of calligraphy and graphic design, and she is represented in the Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy and Lettering at the San Francisco Public Library. She served as editor of Alphabet, the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy from 2007 to 2010. A parallel interest of hers is letterpress printing, and under the imprint of the Attic Press she has produced several limited edition books and a wide collection of ephemera. She teaches regularly at the San Francisco Center for the Book, for the Friends of Calligraphy, and at other venues throughout California.
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To do this, you will need wide ruled paper, as you'd find in any stationery store, a common pen to learn the basic forms, and Pilot Parallel Pen 2-Color Calligraphy Pen Set, with Black and Red Ink Cartridges, 1.5mm Nib (90050) specifically in the 1.5mm size. Grab some extra ink while you're at it. You'll need it. This goes through ink fast.
This really does focus on the basics. First you learn the basic strokes, then the bare skeletal form of the lower case letters, then the letters themselves organized by similarity of form. Take your time. You should not move up to using the calligraphy pen until you have memorized the basic forms. You shouldn't need to ever look them up (they are all together on a single page if you have to) but rather, you should have them committed to memory.
After all that, the entire process is repeated with the upper case letters, finally ending with numerals, punctuation, and flourishes.
I've been doing a page per letter and that helps a lot. The goal is to build muscle memory and skill with them, so once you're done you can use them and not think about it.
This teaches only one font, Italics, and only shows two others by way of where to go next. It is not a comprehensive guide to calligraphy, but is a suitably comprehensive guide to starting out with calligraphy. Once you have these basics down, you can pick a font and start learning it. Chase after too many to start, and you're only more likely to get confused. There is time, and there are plenty of books, for that later on.
~ What ~
This ninety-six-page paperback targets those who want to learn how to create calligraphy writing. After an introduction, eight chapters cover the topic, ending with further studies, resources, author’s biography, acknowledgments, and index.
After explaining pens, ink, and paper, the writer begins with how to hold the pen at a 30-degree angle with slanted downstrokes. Small letters, capitals, numerals, and flourishes follow. Also discussed are project ideas and additional font styles.
Since I have a degree in art, I love picking up books to learn better techniques in different mediums. I like how simple this book is as it shows the beginner calligrapher how to write letters and numbers. I liked the tips on using a broad edge fountain pen initially, practicing on college ruled paper, and practicing often to get the technique perfected.
~ Why Not ~
Those who are already calligraphers or advanced in the skill may not glean anything new from this simplistic instructional book. Because the book does not lay flat, it would have to be secured somehow when referring to its diagrams when practicing writing.
~ Who ~
A calligrapher teacher and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years in Northern California, the author has been an editor, letterpress printer, and collector of ephemera, and she still teaches the craft.
~ Wish ~
I wish the book included more lined pages that the beginner could use for practicing. There is one small cut out page of lines that can be used under thin paper, but it would be thoughtful to include pages to write directly on with the examples also on the same page. It would be easier if the book laid flat.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for an introductory tutorial of calligraphy, this is a good starter book that gives step by step processes and examples.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for a sample to read and review.
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