Tools & Techniques for the Contemporary Practitioner
Rotovision sent us an awesome book about calligraphy written by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls this week. We first spotted the french version of the book named “Le Grand Livre de la Calligraphie” on another typography site and decided to ask for it directly at the press. Finally we got it!
About the book
Calligraphy is about discovering the sumptuousness of illuminated manuscripts, marvelling at the low-tech ancient masterpieces produced in freezing, dingy scriptoria. Well, it has been that dry, but today it’s not anymore. There are fantastic techniques and tools which allows calligraphers and those who wanted to be one, to design their imaginations, emotions and designs on paper. Although it tooks a long hard way to improve your expectations, motivations and priorities. But at least you reach the state of readiness for the kiss of the pen and the result you aimed for.
Going through the history of and evolution of western calligraphy and touching the chinese, arabic and hebrew forms, the book offers a wide range of ideal tools to create your script. Facing Guache colours, special papers and brush care or tips for left handers, calligraphy terms and script analysations the book shows you a practical way how to start the magic. Many exercises help you learn something about the main movements in calligraphy such as the roman capitals, the carolingian, the gothic scripts, versals, the italics, copperplates and brush strokes. Explained by international professionals like Hilary Adams, Joke Boudens, Julia Baxter, Gemma Black, David McGrail, Yukumi Annand, Betina Naab, Maria Eugenia Roballos, Bailey Amon and Sue Allcock you surely will learn astonishing methods to practice your style and stroke.
We highly recommend the book because it gives the ultimative insight in calligraphy and can teach you step by step everything, what you have to know about it. We read a lot of books and we are still practicing calligraphy each day, but this book helped us to get further. It’s a guide for beginners as well as for advanced learners.
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