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Calligraphy History & Styles : Calligraphy in Gothic Capitals: Pt. 1

Calligraphy History & Styles : Calligraphy in Gothic Capitals: Pt. 1


OKay, let’s get medieval. I’ve been showing
you the Northern and the Souther Gothic, and what I want to show you now are just a few
of the Gothic capitals, but again, I need to emphasize that what I’m showing you are
generic forms, OKay? I’m just giving you an idea of what they’re like. You can make up
your own Gothic capitals if you want, but here’s an example of what they could look
like. The capitals in the medieval period, in the medieval manuscripts often became exceedingly
elaborate. But then, again, not all of them did. (Demo) This is a hand that I do use sometimes.
You know when I use it? I use it for writing names in diplomas, for example, on diplomas.
Fill in a space, that’s what I’m doing there. A little bit of a squareness to this shape.
Filling in a space with a little bit of a decorative element. Bring this over so that there’s this little
imaginary line there, this can happen.
I hope that you are appreciating how the Roman capitals are still echoing in these shapes.
Fill in that space a little bit, very nice. Here’s the E, having something interesting
happen to it. One more. The F can come down below the line. Exhale that stroke. There you go.

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