FLOURISHED COPPERPLATE MAJUSCULES
The shadings on this model are largely of the same pattern as those you have already met. In these examples the first letter has a bit more flourish because of the extra space standing before it.
You may note that the flourishes are based on elliptical movements and often echo those already present. I tend to make these at first by floating with the tip of the nib just above the surface of the paper and then striking down when I am moving fluidly the way I want — but always looking to where I am going
rather than to where I am
. There are occasional half-shadings to slightly weight that area of the letter and this is sometimes influenced by the adjacent letter.
Your sheet of paper may be twisted and turned in any direction you wish so that you may more easily make the flow of the stroke — which may be pulled or cursive, shaded by moving up or moving down, sweeping magnificently or making a tight turn back through itself. You are the master of the pen even though it may seem at times to refuse to obey your will !
Four golden rules are :— (a) Avoid the A
and the H
ever looking similar; (b) avoid the S
and the T
ever looking similar; (c) no part of the I
goes below the baseline but the J
always has a distinguishing portion below the baseline; and (d) a majuscule does not link to a following minuscle.
Following is shown a pencil-drawn skeletal trial run of flourishing, using the next four letters. But it will soon be noticed that the final writing has had a few adjustments or changes made to obtain a fairly regular or rhythmic pattern. So this simple linework will have been just a preliminary visual guide to enable you to start to come to grips with the juuxtaposing of the letters to be used. This is a method of designing a monogram where the intertwining of the linework is able to make very attractive patterns..
Flourishes are personal and in some cases may contirbute in even identifying the writer. There is really no such thing as a wrong
flourish — just that some seem to lack a flow, be out of proportion or become too entangled. Let the texture of the group of flourished letters have an interesting and balancing use of negative shapes in addition to the embellishments. Most letters are formed with one continuous line of movement but a few will use two.
These letters give about a quarter of the alphabet --- but have imposed my
designs. To enable you to develop your own style(s), you are to design the remainder (in alphabetical order) in groups of three or four letters.
Post to me a mongram for Stephen William Hawking ( SWH
and also your own monogram.