I don't do Calligraphy for the most part, always considered it to be too extravagant for the amount that I write. That said, I do enjoy the act of writing, taking the time to put the words on the page neatly and well spaced, is always a calming activity to be engaged in. With this in mind, I agreed to take a look at the latest book on how to do Calligraphy, and see if things have changed from when I started writing so many years ago.
This is Modern Calligraphy by Lucy Edmonds
The first thing to note is that it's a practical book, both in the instructions given, and the nature of the book as presented. It doesn't just tell you to hold the pen a certain way, it shows you the correct way of doing it. Whilst some will argue about the proper way to hold an oblique nib versus a straight nib, for those beginning on the journey, it's good to have the pointers laid out clearly for you to start with.
The second thing is that the book is designed to be used for the exercises that it asks you to complete, here are lots of spare pages and practise areas to work with. This might not seem a bad thing, but there are some who might be concerned that of the 168 pages in the book, 45 of them are blank, 80 are examples of how the Calligraphy should look, and the remaining 43 actually contain instructions on how to make that Calligraphy happen.
|As an example, a page of what to do, then four pages to practise|
|How it should be, how a pro does it, how an amateur does it.|
|Which may be something I spend far more time with...|
Either way, it's well presented and easy to follow, I'd recommend it as a beginners guide.
As always, I didn't pay for the book, and nor did I receive any incentive for my opinion.