August 10, 2019 0

Uncial Calligraphy Basics : Scale of Letters for Uncial Calligraphy

Uncial Calligraphy Basics : Scale of Letters for Uncial Calligraphy


So, before we start practicing letters we
need to establish the size of the letters. And, as I mentioned in the very beginning,
uncial hand has a particular proportion. The proportion is what determines the shape and
width of the letters, and for uncial hand we’re going to describe the size of the letters,
or the height of the letters, in terms of the tool that we’re writing with. That’s called
pen scale. And, if I make four or four and a half of the largest strokes that I can with
this pen, it’s going to give me a interval. And, into that interval, is where I’m going
to fit the letters. So we say that uncial hand is about three and a half to four pen
widths in height. So, if we count these, one, two, three, four pen widths, I’m working at
a four pen width scale. Now, conveniently, because my pen is an eighth of an inch, this
is going to equal to a half inch in height for these letters.

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