August 14, 2019 0

Calligraphy Letters, Tools & Materials : Calligraphy Ascenders & Descenders

Calligraphy Letters, Tools & Materials : Calligraphy Ascenders & Descenders


This is where I would put my lower case X,
this is where I would put my B, this is where I would put my G. And I can do this, and here
would be my next X height, actually they’re too close together. So alright, let’s correct
it. So let’s say I just did two, so now I’m going to go two again, and then I’m going
to go three. One, two, three. And then I’m going to go two, two. You can replay this
if it gets too confusing for you. But now here’s my descender. This is, this part of
the G is called the descender. It goes down below the line. It descends. Here’s my ascender.
The H that goes on the H that goes above the line. So now, I have my X height and I fit
my ascender there and I fit my descender here. And you see what’s happened is these two guys
have cleared each other. So they don’t necessarily have to clear each other. It’s totally up
to you what you want to do with your design. You have to keep asking yourself the question
how does it read? Until one day you’re being, you’re such an expert at doing calligraphy
that you’re no longer doing anything that reads. You’re becoming an abstract calligrapher.
And, and it happens. There are some very, very marvelous calligraphers out there who
do work that is absolutely exquisite, that is absolutely fine art, and they have transcended
words. I’m not one of those, but anyway, I’m sure they have Ames Lettering Guides in their
repertoire.

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