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Script Analysis - Script Practise 2

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17 July 2007

Script Analysis - Script Practise 2

I was looking at the first script practise with Kit today, and she thought all of my verticals were crooked.

It turned out that
1) The margin on the right hand side was slightly crooked; and
2) I'd scanned the page slightly crookedly.

My verticals were actually straight (except the long s in the second word, last line, which leans forward a bit).

Phew!

I never look at the RHS margin. I'm left handed. I don't know if that's why - but I don't look at the right hand margin unless I'm considering whether a word will fit on the end of the line or not.

I've done more practise since :-

And these are the original lines from the B. Psalter page :-


I've marked up the practise. Lots of little mistakes.

Tomorrow I'll look at the spacing of the letters and words.

As a general plan, I'm going to

* work on the script, sorting out various mistakes

* finish the script analysis
(I looked at Drogin today, and found a majuscule set that matches the majuscules that appear on one of the pages of the Bedford Psalter I've got. That was a bit easy!)

* do the analysis of the illumination (see Mistress Rowan Perigrynne's paper "Analysing a Style", step 3 onwards, at http://www.sca.org.au/scribe/articles/analysing.htm )
which will be a lot more fun, and a lot easier and quicker than the script analysis

* select a piece of writing and practise it.

* produce a piece using the writing and the style (script, layout and illumination) of the Bedford Psalter.

* do some more casual, smaller pieces using the script and illumination and have a bit of fun.

* have a bit of an explore of historical and maybe even modern gothic textura quadrata styles in general (just exploring them, not script analysis of them)

* move onto the next historical script analysis that Paul Antonio recommended - Gothic Textura Prescisus, and repeat all of the above, including doing the script analysis a lot more quickly second time around since I know what i'm doing now

and then do it again for Gothic Rotunda.

And then Bastard Secretary, and the Batarde hands - but that will be a couple of years off!

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