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Calligraphy Journal #10

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Hello! Welcome to my tenth Calligraphy Journal, last week I focused my practices on italics and roman capitals.

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I decided to start the week doing a study from a manuscript written by Bernardino Cataneo in cancellaresca corsiva in 1545. I really loved the structure and the flourishes of Cataneo’s work, so thought it could be a nice idea to copy it in order to internalise some basic concepts, as there’s nothing better than studying the real masters of italian calligraphy.

It took me two sessions (around 4 hours) to write the text and the alphabet below with a 1 mm Brause metallic nib and walnut ink. Even though it’s a copy of a manuscript, I made some mistakes on the spacing of some words but, in general, I’m happy with the result and I’ve learnt a lot of things.

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So, for continuing my exercises during the rest of the week, I worked on a full page combining schematical roman capitals and italics, creating a contrast in forms and colours using a Nº4 Mitchell nib (0.8 mm) in both scripts. I had some fun writing the roman capitals, playing with the rhythm, modifying the widths of some letters and creating some ligatures.

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I’m happy with the general look of this page, in spite of some issues with spacing in both scripts. Also, I think it needs more contrast between them so, in my opinion, it could look better if I’d used a smaller nib for the italics.

For finishing the week, on Friday night, I played a little bit with a flat brush before having my dinner, having fun and exploring different shapes and letterforms which ended in doing this alphabet of italics with serifs.

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Thanks for stopping by, see you on next week!