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I am getting into this #lettering #calligraphy thing - again. So relaxing - love it!
Some close-ups of my “o practice”.
- I zoomed into the last 6 I drew in that session. They came out the best in a range of 6 combined o’s. You can clearly see that they are nowhere near perfect! The one in the top middle is my favourite, it has a nice round shape and the lines bleed well into each other.
- Here’s an image with the grid template made visible. The o’s go over and below the x-height, which is intentional. In some more, in some less. Still all practice, exercise, learning and making mistakes.
- Oh yes, the mistakes. So many of them XD
- The last one now, that is a digital version of my pen stroke. It is perfect, because I used the Ellipse Tool in Illustrator to create them. Since it’s really easy to create Calligraphic Brushes in AI, I decided to make one in order to illustrate the principle of drawing the o.
- I hold the pen at a 45° angle towards the horizontal lines. Anything between 30° and 45° is a good start. I start on the paper right below th x-height.
- You always go from top to bottom, from left to right. I make a curve that ends right over the baseline after half a circle.
- Again, from top to bottom, I start the second half of the circle at the same spot right under the x-heigh and end where my first stroke ended.
- Tip I am now stealing from Viggo Mortensen in “28 Days”: “Keep your eyes on the goal, not on the ball.”In this context: I try to focus on where I want my stroke to end, not on the nib. If my eyes guide the path, my hand will follow almost by itself and it’s not as hard to miss the end of the first stroke.