View Full Version : One more-- one-stroke Z, S, O, &c

04-19-2006, 02:53 PM
Here are some more letters I made. They are all composed of one line and were made without removing the pen from the paper. The thicknesses were colored in later. The text with the letters is a vertical, angular cursive-type script I have not named.

This is "Z". Notice how fat it is!

This is "S", spelling "SELECTION".

This is "O", spelling "ORNAMENTAL".

This is "A".

This is the word "OF" with a cadel worked underneath.

These were all (except Z) derived from the same page, the original read: "A Selection of Ornamental Letters." I did not incluse the L because I wasn't as satisfied with it as these. I hope no one has slow dial-up like me, but I tried to make the pictures smaller.


04-19-2006, 08:29 PM
These one stoke letters are really cool. You've done a great job! The only one that was hard to read was the O. It seems to roll to the right, I guess you would have problems differentiating it from a Q if more flourish ended up in the center. - Chris

04-20-2006, 08:44 AM
Wow... without lifting pen from paper... As a total newbie to calligraphy, I can't wrap my brain around being able to do that. Very cool! Thanks for showing & expanding my horizons!

(now I'm imagining doing that style of lettering as ribbon interlace... too many ideas... time too small... sigh.)
Tess :D

04-20-2006, 09:54 AM
Thanks for the nice comments! Tess-- about the ribbon interlacing: I've done it
several times before, and it isn't too hard as long as the strokes don't branch.
Branching strings are the bane of interlacing! Even the celtic artists made use
of them seldom. (I'm so vehement because I recently fudged up just such a
design...) The problem with interlacing this style is that you probably won't have
the advantage of picking out thicker strokes in the right places to make a more
legible letter. They are very pretty designs, but unless someone comes up with
a way to highlight the letter in that forest of loops... :( Anway, it comes out
something like this:


This one is actually two pieces. (It says Ryan)


P.S. -- I'm a very prolific artist, as you might have noticed... does anyone else keep sketchbooks like I do?

04-20-2006, 10:09 AM

Take a look at any of the folio/carpet page pieces from the Book of Kells... The scribes played pretty loose with width & color, changing it in a not-quite-random manner, but certainly not where *I* would think to do it. The other possibility is the use of red dots... also a very traditional way to highlight letters & thoughts.

The R looks great!