June 2017

Some numbers, some words, and some feeling rather grateful that I’m done with this month. Whilst I have enjoyed this form of calligraphy, I’m slightly surprised to find that I have no real desire to carry on with it. I’m happy to have done a month, but also happy to be leaving it here.

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More catching up! The upstrokes on the W, M and N are particularly hard.

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The last week has been really rather hectic, with visits to friends and family, so I’ve been rather more separated from my practice than I’d like. It might take me a while to catch up, but here are four pages of practice.

I’m getting better at joining up lines without it showing too much, but it’s still hard to go over the hairlines to thicken them without it looking a bit crap. Also, getting the proportions right is hard. I could do with individual practice sheets for each letter, where I can draw over the correct forms until I get a better feel for it.


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C17: Day 171 – O, Q

by Suw on June 20, 2017

Nice and satisfying today.

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C17: Day 170 – U, Y, X

by Suw on June 19, 2017

Today’s practice. Still finding it hard to get that big swishy bit on the left to come out properly.

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C17: Day 169 – F, T

by Suw on June 18, 2017

The little extra thickness on the top of the F and T is formed by going over the hairline again with a slightly thicker stroke, which is far, far easier said than done. I think, also, that the loop ought to have been bigger.

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C17: Day 168 – z, p, basic stroke, P

by Suw on June 17, 2017

I do have a bit of a confession to make: the instructions tell you to turn the paper upside down to draw the left-hand part of the lower loop for the z, and I’ve been far too lazy to. Instead, I’ve been trying to join it up at the bottom left corner of the lo0ps, with varying degrees of success. The idea of constantly turning the paper… gah. No. But, I have now graduated to upper case letters. Yay!

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Those damn ascender and descender loops are bastards. That is all.


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C17: Day 165 – i, u, w j, l, t, f, k

by Suw on June 14, 2017

The way that the Vitolo book groups letters together makes a lot of sense – there’s a huge similarity between an i, u and w, for example. Anyway, here’s my practice.

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More practice, but this time with proper (ish) technique!

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C17: Days 161 & 162 – That thing where you read the instructions

June 11, 2017

I do love plunging in to a project and just cracking on with it, but it’s sometimes my undoing. It turns out, I’ve been doing some of my letters wrong. I was really struggling with forming half-decent letter shapes, especially the ‘e’ and some of the upstrokes, so I went back to the handbook (pdf) that […]

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C17: Day 160 – Yet more practice

June 9, 2017

More practice!  

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C17: Day 159 – More practice

June 8, 2017

More exercises! And my worksheet:

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C17: Day 158 – More calligraphy exercises

June 7, 2017

Practice makes perfect, or at least, slightly less wobbly. Update: I was in a rush last night, but yesterday I started on the lessons I found on zanerian.com, the first being: I also had difficulty again with the Indian Red ink, which might be because I can’t actually dip the whole nib in because the […]

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C17: Day 157 – A change of pace

June 6, 2017

Sometimes, my subconscious does things all by itself and I just have to follow where it leads. Today is one such day, so instead of calligraphy we have what might be loosely termed “a comic”. I’ll note here that I am not an artist, cannot draw comics, and I certainly can’t draw people*, but I do […]

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