Roman Calligraphy First Final Thoughts

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Having learned the Roman hand from ‘Calligraphy: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Practitioner’ by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls, really the same book as ‘Mastering Calligraphy: The Complete Guide to Hand Lettering’, I do realise that it is a very simplified form. I don’t know how to create really beautiful Roman alphabet with the dainty serifs yet, so it’s safe to say that I have not quite mastered the Roman hand. I suppose it might be possible to self develop from this point, but I plan to learn from other books, exemplars, and manuscripts and truly grasp the hand. But for the meantime, onward to Foundational!

How did you learn your Roman hand?



Learning Roman Capitals – Now I Know My (Roman) ABCs

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After about 30 hours of practising each letter group, I’m beginning to practice the alphabet combined. Strangely, this is the moment when I feel that I’ve forgotten everything. It’s very much like the moment before a final essay test. Your classes are ending, and now they’re simply asking, ‘Show me what you know.’ And you feel like you know the big picture, but your explanations turn out to be simple, feeble, and inadequate.