Introduction to the book
- What distinguishes this book from the competition is that it walks the reader through 14 key alphabets letter-by-letter and stroke-by-stroke.
- This beginner's guide offers an in-depth introduction - providing core alphabets in a range of styles to suit every occasion.
- Each letter is explored in detail to enable the entry¬ level calligrapher to master the form, including step-by-step photographic sequences showing the strokes of each letter, handwriting rhythm exercises and hints and tips on spacing.
- Learn how to add a splash of colour and sparkle to text, with quick-to-learn illumination techniques that are fun to do.
Computers make writing very efficient and come with a huge range of Fonts, so you might wonder why anyone would want to pick up a pen and do it all by hand. Yet there remains a parallel universe of enthusiasts who just love the Feeling of that special pen in their hands, and who will spend hours striving to make beautiful marks. These enthusiasts take special pride in the discipline of calligraphy.
Freed by technology from the need in everyday business to write by hand, calligraphers are now able to focus their energies on honing their writing skills for special occasions. In these cases, hand-lettering is truly appreciated for the care and time it takes, and the calligraphers themselves can enjoy the performance.
The need for practice
As with any skill, to achieve good results you need to practise. There is no instant success, though a disciplined craftsperson often makes it look deceptively easy. In the case of calligraphy, in order to train your hand-eye co-ordination, ten minutes of practice each day may be more beneficial than longer, irregular sessions.
Calligraphy has a long and respected heritage. Many modern typefaces are modeled on historical lettering; if you study the 'a' and the 'g' of many fonts, for instance, you will notice that they look nothing like handwriting.
The alphabets covered in this book provide a broad collection of the most useful scripts from history, which still have a modern relevance. It might surprise you to know that they all evolved in one way or another from Roman capitals, which in turn were modified from ancient Greek forms.
About the authors
Mary Noble spreads her enthusiasm for calligraphy by teaching, writing and exhibiting her work. She is a Fellow of the UK-based Society of Scribes and Illuminators, and the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, of which she is past chairman. She is . the co-author of Vie Encyclopedia of Calligraphy, and Illuminated Letters and The Beginner's Guide to Calligraphy
Janet Mehigan studied with the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and is an Honoured Fellow.
A freelance calligrapher, she also teaches calligraphy and painting in Adult Education. She is the co-author of The Encyclopedia of Calligraphy and Illuminated Letters and The Beginner's Guide to Calligraphy
1st edition 2008, Hb ringbound, 256pp full colour throughout, 16.5 x 20.5 cm