Re: Calligraphy Online Tutorials
David - this one shows much improvement in the majuscules. The minuscules have suffered though.
The vertical strokes in 'M' and 'N' must be absolutely vertical - even a little bit of slant will make them look wonky.
The 'N' still leans to the right. Also, the top of the bowl stroke starts a bit closer to the top of the vertical stroke. Yours are a bit too far because the slanted hairline (the first stroke) is a bit flatter than 45 degrees - your nib angle is good which is why it shows up a bit thicker than it should be. This flattening is also present in the 'M' to a lesser degree.
The 'D' is getting there but more work is needed. The curve of the last (bottom) stroke is spread out a bit more and the stroke is thinner on the left side.
The 'B' and 'V' are good. The second bullhorn in the 'W' is coming too far to the right.
Practice the words 'Near Field Devices' and post for feedback. This will give you a chance to work on the 'F' too.
For some strange reason, I have always found it easy to cut reed pens. In teaching my Arabic Calligraphy student, I found that she wasn't starting the cut too close to the front (it should be about 2 finger widths from it). Once she got that, the shape came out nicely for her. Soaking the reed in water for an hour or so helps make the cuts a bit cleaner too.
If your reed (or bamboo) is 1/2 inch or more thick, take a little bit of material off the top of the writing edge. This will result in a nice flat edge to write with.
Those who say it can't be done should get out of the way of those doing it.