Joseph Vitolo Two styles of pointed pen calligraphy that have been enjoying a resurgence in popularity are Copperplate and Spencerian scripts.
KSB art miniatures Calligraphy alphabets Samples of various calligraphy alphabets are shown below to help your calligraphy. These are all written by me as an interested amateur. You'll also find links below to my free tutorial pages and useful books.
But these will give you an idea of the major families of calligraphy alphabets. Copper plate handwriting alphabet fun with the Roman rustic capitals Rustic Capitals are a robust, dynamic calligraphy alphabet, good for titles when you want formality and impact without rigidity. Rustic Capitals are the oldest script I include tutorials for on this site.
They are basically a nib- or brush-written alternative version of the grand, stone-chiselled, square capitals you can still see all over Roman monuments.
Living in ancient Rome, you would have seen announcements, information or even rude messages written in Rustic Capitals on the walls of the city, in just the same way as advertising posters or graffiti today.
Two calligraphy books stand out for this script: The Historical Sourcebook for Scribesby Michelle Brown and Patricia Lovett, provides analysis of the script and a calligrapher's expert breakdown of the pen-strokes involved. His is the version I've based my own tutorial on. Uncial Uncial's rounded form owes something to the Greek alphabet, and historically it's associated with the early Christian Church.
In one form or another, it was used in handwritten books for nearly a millennium. For much of that time it was strictly a calligraphy alphabet rather than a historical script in that it was written out slowly and painstakingly to look as impressive as possible.
Uncial is easy to read, with serene overtones, and lends itself to short poems, quotations, and titles. But it takes up quite a lot of space. Gothic, textura quadrata I have a particular soft spot for Gothic calligraphy alphabets. The above is a version of Gothic textura quadrata which means 'woven-looking', because it's carefully done, and 'four-cornered', because the letters have a rectangular, blocky shape.
This was the script of choice for centuries of book production in medieval Europe. Roundhand Foundation hand Roundhand is a modern, twentieth-century calligraphy alphabet based on the scripts of the Italian Renaissance, which themselves were invented because Italian scholars in particular had got heartily fed up of trying to read long texts written in tiny, cramped Gothic.
The great virtue of Roundhand is its simplicity. It may seem like a humble virtue but it is not therefore to be disregarded. Any Roundhand lends itself to circumstances in which you want to communicate sincerely and without pretension: Italic, slanted Italic is a beautifully legible calligraphy alphabet, elegant without being fussy, and has been taught for generations as the foundation of good cursive handwriting.
It's not as simple as it looks to dash it off at speed! However, learning this script is well worth the effort. I offer a couple of pages to help — one on specific Italic letterformsand one of more general Italic tips on issues like spacing, and I also recommend: Reynolds, Italic Calligraphy and Handwriting.
It's bossy, short, inexpensive, ancientand it works. The Basics and Beyond. Copperplate style Copperplate is written with a finely pointed, very flexible steel nib which opens and closes with pressure to produce thick and thin lines.
It's called Copperplate because it imitates the very fine, heavily slanted scripts of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century engravings on copper plates which themselves were based on beautifully hand-drawn letters.
There are other names:Below is an example copperplate alphabet. Spencarian is a script that was popular in the late ’s to early ’s in the United States.
It was considered the way to write for a business because of it’s oval based style it could be written fast and was still legible. Instant downloads for 16 free copperplate fonts.
For you professionals, 0 are % free for commercial-use! Beginning with a brief but fascinating history of copperplate, she moves quickly to an in-depth examination of the alphabet, numbers, and punctuation.
Each letter is demonstrated stroke by stroke with a clear explanation. Developed by English handwriting masters in the 18th century, copperplate calligraphy is admired for its fluidity and /5().
The word Copperplate actually refers back to the s when Roundhand writing styles were reproduced on copperplates. So when you hear the words Rhonde, Roundhand, Engrossers, or Copperplate, they’re all referring to the same thing.
These are calligraphy alphabet letters in a Copperplate theme. Download this set of free calligraphy as individual letter templates from A through Z below.
These calligraphy templates come in high resolution A4 pdf format (Portable Document Format) Number of calligraphy alphabets: Copperplate is a term that is widely applied to several types of shaded script. Copperplate styles of script include roundhand, Engraver's and Engrosser’s scripts.
Roundhand or more specifically English roundhand script (Figure 1) is a form of quill pen based handwriting that flourished in England several centuries ago (1, 2).