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Calligraphy is the art of beautiful handwriting. It is an art form that differs slightly from others. This is because there are "rules" on how to create the letter shapes, known as "hands" or styles of calligraphy. In computer languages, these styles are called "fonts".
In order to create a certain letter form, you must study it by really following the letters carefully. It is most important to find examples of these letters created by master calligraphers. Since most people know how to write, you can be mistaken by learning from someone who actually knows a little about the skills of writing historical hands. It would be like trying to become a professional photographer from someone who just used their phone to take photographs! Learning from a master printer will teach you excellent skills that create consistently excellent lettering and design.
One of the most important features of calligraphy you will learn is that letters have thick and thin sections, which are created by the angle at which you hold your pen with a square cut. It is the part of the pen that is available in different sizes, which you dip in ink or paint. You achieve this through the angle you hold the pen consistently when writing your letters. In copper plate calligraphy, the thick and thin parts of letters are created by pressing the pen tip when writing
Consistency is the most important characteristic - learning height, width, slope, serifs, branches and other parts of the letters and then be able to write them in this way every time! It is where studying, observing and practicing come in. You need to get used to the pen: keep it at the right pen angle, how hard you push down (don't push hard or the ink doesn't flow!) And even how much ink you put on your nib. And when you learn how to create letters, you have to learn what kind of ink or color, paper, how to control paper, the correct distance ... on and on.
Don't be discouraged. It takes time. It's the same way any professional gets to know their tools - a carpenter who uses a saw, a plastic surgeon who inserts stitches, a fantastic tennis player who uses their racket! It takes many hours and finally years to become a consistent champion.
The last part of learning is ART of calligraphy. Some talent is needed to create beautiful letters and documents. Go to calligraphy guild sites like The Society of Scribes in New York. Check out work with top calligraphers, such as John Stevens Designs, and Eleanor Winters, Joanne Fink and others. It's breathtaking artwork! Not everyone can be a top writer - no matter how many hours you work out. You need skill and talent.
But if you just want nice writing, or improve your penmanship - give it a try! You can contact me to review your letter forms with online lessons - critique your work and suggest ways to improve your lettering and learn the art of calligraphy.