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Beginning Western Calligraphy Tips : Writing Roman Calligraphy Letters: Part 1

Beginning Western Calligraphy Tips : Writing Roman Calligraphy Letters: Part 1


We’re going to start out by working, again,
with the Roman. This is a review and hopefully you’ve done some little practice or made some
little effort so that this is going to be a little bit more meaningful to you. Here
we have the basic underlying geometric structure of the Roman. Here we have the skeletal forms
of the Roman divided up into our one story letters, which I would call this, and our
two story letters, which I would call this. Which goes here or here. Let’s see if we can
make some sense out of this. Adding the broad edge. What you want to do is make sure that
you have the underlying structure visualized. Second stroke is going to be thicker. When
you make your cross bar, remember that your thinking in terms of weight but also just
what this triangle in here is going to look like. You don’t want it to be too squished.
Here’s our minim stroke, remember we had this idea of a minim stroke. Top bowl is going
to be a little bit smaller than the bottom, which gives a sense of stasis or weight to
the bottom part of this letter. Make sure when you start out you’re thinking about a
rounded form. Coming down to here, straighten out over so slightly. Think about this imaginary
line, come around, turn around and meet it. Minim stroke. Bring it over slightly, come
back up. Think of the D as being two strokes. Think of the inside or counter being created.
You want to pay attention to that.

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