In this comprehensive introductory guide to calligraphy, author Vivien Lunniss teaches readers how to master all the principal families of writing hands, from uncials and Anglo-Saxon scripts, to Roman capitals, blackletter and gothic, and even on to modern freeform 'drawn' lettering. Readers will learn how the hands originated, where and when they were used, and how to write and practice them, picking up fluency and flair through a series of exercises aimed at perfecting the style until writing becomes second nature—and a real pleasure.
The hands are demonstrated with a set of detailed step-by-step instructions for each letter, punctuation, and number sets, and in addition the book is supported by a series of teaching movie clips showing how each letter is created. Suitable for beginners up, readers will find a wide range of applications for the skills learned in this book, from invitations, greetings cards, place settings, and certificates, to beautiful illuminated wall art.
Highlights of this book:
- 21 beautiful lettering styles
- A comprehensive guide for beginners
- Step-by-step instructions for each letter
About the author:
Vivien Lunniss started calligraphy in 1982 with the gift of a pen set. She is now a Fellow of both the SSI (Society of Scribes and Illuminators) and CLAS (the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society).
Vivien is a CLAS Accredited Tutor and teaches Adult Education, as well as workshops, at various venues by the author.
An introduction to the book by the author:
I could not have foreseen the journey started bv the gift of a simple fountain pen set, or the world that it would open up for me, a world which continues to fascinate 30 years later.
I have touched manuscripts that are over 1,500 years old and marvelled at manuscripts with gorgeous gold leaf illumination and exquisite, finely detailed painting. I have visited Rome and seen inscriptional letters in all their forms, much as they were when they were made by the craftsmen hundreds of years ago. I have taught scores of students and been taught by skilled and generous masters of the craft, both of which are represented here.
There is a sensual pleasure in the subtle scrape of the nib across the paper when drawing the letterforms. This gives me an oasis of calm in this often frenetic modern life. We may all have our favourite scripts, but it is often the act of writing rather that the writing itself that gives the most pleasure.
No study of calligraphy is complete without historical antecedents, and these are included for each script, as well as contemporary examples that show the exciting direction in which calligraphy is evolving.
Calligraphy may have a practical purpose in the form of invitations and certificates, yet there is also so much more for us all to discover, so enjoy.
Expert movie tutorials:
In addition, this book contains links to free online tutorials, in which the author and other contributors guide you through writing specially selected letters from each script. Simply scan the QR code with your smartphone or type the URL.address into your web browser to link to the relevant web page.
Script Styles covered by the book:
Roman Capitals, Rustics, Natural Uncials, Insular Pointed Minuscule, Gothic, Lombardic Versals, Batarde (Minuscule & Majuscule), Italic (Minuscule & Majuscule), Italic (Minuscule & Majuscule), Copperplate (Minuscule & Majuscule), Spencerian (Minuscule & Majuscule), Foundational Hand, Ruling Pen (Minuscule & Majuscule), Chisel Brush, Uncial Variation, Drawn Uncials, and Arabic Script.
This is a really well written and well-illustrated book and ideal for beginners and others that are keen to learn a new hand or two. The description for each script begins with some relevant history and the instructions for each letter, including nib-width height and pen angle, are colour-coded to clearly show the order of the strokes. The book has relevant examples of the scripts in use.
There are historical contributions from other fine calligraphers like Jilly Hazeldine, Mary Noble, Veiko Kespersaks, and Brian Colin. There is a ‘gallery’ of pieces scattered through the book with contributions from Gaynor Goffe, Anne Jamieson, Michael Orriss, Rosella Garavaglia, Sue Gunn, Jan Pickett, Luca Barcellona, Birgit Nass, Anna Pinto, Barbara Alldred, Kirsten Burke, Yukiko Fukaya, Jilly Hazeldine, Janice McClelland, Anja Lehtinen, John Stevens, Susie Leiper, Tony Curtis, Sue Goldstone and Sasan Nasernia.
1st edition, 2015, paperback, 192 pages, 300 illustrations, 19.5 x 22.8 cm