Re: Calligraphy Online Tutorials
Salman, please forgive me for butting in — it won't be a habit, I promise.
Mike, I want you to look closely at the bottom panel, using ILL and FILL. Compare the widths of the vertical strokes against the horizontal strokes. What do you notice?
If you said that the horizontals are thicker than the verticals, you are quite correct. Why do you think this is happening? Don't read any further until you really think you have hit on the answer.
Now I want you to do an experiment on a scarp piece of paper. Place the paper in your usual writing spot Draw a line up from the centre to 12 o'clock, then another from the centre to 3 o'clock. Come back to the centre and draw the 1 o'clock and 2 o'clock lines.
Place the square edge of your dry (no ink) pen fitting perfectly on the 2 o'clock line. Keep it there.
Now take very careful note of where the handle of the pen is pointing. Is it pointing straight up your forearm, or just outside the shoulder, or towards your armpit, or where? Be very precise in noting its direction.
Move your pen away from the "clock hands" but still keep the handle pointing in the direction you noted.
Now comes the hard part! Move your pen to dip into the ink and come back to where it was just a moment ago. CHECK THE HANDLE'S DIRECTION. Make the letter L . How did the vertical compare with the horizontal?
Move away the scrap of paper and use your ruled up piece. Check the handle direction and when it is precisely correct make an L , then 4 more making certain that the handle is pointing correctly.
Look at those 5 letters and put a tick under every one that has a slightly thicker vertical than horizontal. Now, check your pen handle and write another 5, trying to make more of them like those successful ones in the first group. Put a tick under all the successful ones.
If you have put a tick under at least 4 of them, check your pen handle and try the letter E in a group of 5 Again use the ticks to note and improve. Write at least 3 groups evaluating your control of the strokes each time'
Every time when you are trying a new letter do those two things — check the direction of the pen handle and write and evaluate 3 groups of 5. Even after years and years of writing calligraphy, I still used those groups of five until I could competently make every one of them identically correct. It was the only way that I could improve and maintain my skill. It is something that introduces the discipline and then the eventual freedom that makes Calligraphy such a joy to do.
We will achieve your pen-angle accuracy and consistency in quite quick time.
Success is a Journey