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1 November 2006

Gods with Snow - Verticals

I've had a go at writing out the Gods with Snow quote with a pen width that matches the one shown in the copy of the quote shown in Drogin, and at the same x-height. My Brause nib matches the nib width (a bit smaller) - yay - I love my Brause.

I'm pretty drugged at the moment - been mainlining coffee but it hasn't had much effect, so I'm not proud of this writing, - there are some non-straight lines when I know perfectly well that I can do better - but it does show something interesting.

Part way through, I was disappointed about the shape of my verticals (not being evenly shaped and edged verticals lines) so I raised the height of my chair a bit, sat up straighter and made sure that I was holding my pen upright. I've marked the point where I did this with a purple pen.

Have a look at the improvement in the shape of the verticals it made! (See it better viewing at a larger size by clicking on the image).
Many more of the lines are crisp and less likely to bow.

I know that the other important thing in getting straight lines (rather than ones that bow) is remembering to move the elbow when drawing them - tho these lines are so short at an x-height of 1 cm that it's hard to get any movement going

I've written it out again - more crisp verticals this time.
However, there are still problems. I'll whip the page out of the scanner and mark them up and then put it back in .......

No, I'm not being too hard on myself. I need to know where and what the problems are in order to fix them! :-)

I forgot to mark on the page where I've bowed the tops of Ms and Ns.

On the spacing front, as usual I'm putting my I's too close after the last vertical, and my width of my N's is a bit variable. All the counterspaces of the M's are even, which is some kind of miracle. Spacing the words a bit far apart.

I'm very happy with some of the letters ....

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Blogger Miranda Hvinden said...

Wow! I can really see a difference in the letters after you paid attention to your posture.

Tell me more about working with your elbows. When you write your calligraphy, do you write by moving your whole arm + elbow, or with your wrist? I was once told that the "whole arm movement" was more medieval, but I don't know of a medieval source suggesting to write that way.

Thursday, November 02, 2006  
Blogger Scribe with Gold said...

Do you make your letters in one complete stroke? Or two? Wait that question didn't come right. Did it?
How many steps do you use to make your letters? Are the diamonds done as a seperate step?
More later.

Friday, November 03, 2006  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

Miranda - :-)
e-mailed you about Bill Hildebrandt's book

Friday, November 03, 2006  
Blogger Elmsley Rose said...

Akiko :
Go to
which is a calligraphy group.
Join it.
Go to Files, and pick the Textura Quadrata folder.
That has lessons by Paul Antonio, explaining everything.
For information about the strokes specifically, you want the lesson
(Textura Quadrata Lesson One.doc)
and the graphic

Friday, November 03, 2006  

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