The Art of Calligraphy

The Art of Calligraphy

by David Harris


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Here is a comprehensive guide explaining everything you need to know to master the skills and techniques of beautiful writing.

Beginning with a review of Western calligraphy from antiquity to today’s electronic age, The Art of Calligraphy helps the reader choose equipment–brushes, pens, pencils, papers, and inks–and then shows exactly how to hold and angle the pen to produce every letter of the alphabet in a number of different scripts.

Detailed practical instruction: Key elements of letter anatomy are explained in detail–step-by-step constructions show each essential step in creating the distinctive characteristics of 26 styles. All the major Latin-based scripts are included–from Roman Imperial and Caroline to Gothic, Renaissance, and Copperplate scripts.

Easy-to-follow examples: The Art of Calligraphy features the very best historical and contemporary examples of each style, offering guidance and inspiration in this age of computer-generated type. Soon you will be ready to use your exquisite penmanship to personalize stationery or enhance other special gifts and objects.

Combining instructional diagrams with outstanding examples from Western masters, The Art of Calligraphy is a unique introduction to hand lettering. It is an authoritative reference as well as a source of inspiration for any artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435104433
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 03/02/2008
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David Harris is an internationally renowned teacher of calligraphy. He began his career in graphic design, concentrating on lettering. He became senior lecturer specializing in calligraphy and lettering in what is now the University of Plymouth in the UK. While there, he initiated the highly successful International Lettering and Calligraphy course.

David Harris now concentrates on his own calligraphic and type design work and running his design studio. He is the author of Calligraphy, Inspiration, Innovation, and Communication, and his work has appeared in numerous publications.

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The Art of Calligraphy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mpalotay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not as historically informed as some of the other popular calligraphy books, but to me, it has been the most useful. It has a nice selection of scripts from a wide range of periods (my main complaint with Drogin is that he stops right before things get interesting). The ductuses (ductii?) are clear, and Harris gives tips about techniques and tools that are really useful. My one complaint is that his instructions for cutting a quill must leave out a crucial step or two - I've never been successful in trying to follow his instructions.
ShawnMarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the better all around calligraphy books I've owned.