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• CORE TECHNIQUES • ALPHABETS • PROJECTS
Calligraphy in 24 Hours is a carefully structured beginner's course. Learn the basic principles behind a range of alphabets, letter-by-letter and stroke-by-stroke, in a series of focused, technique-based tutorials
Teaches lettering for both broad-edge and pointed nibs in a range of scripts, beginning with easy-to-learn alphabets such as Roman Capitals and Foundational, and finishing with decorative scripts like Flourished Copperplate and Flourished Spencerian. Analyzes alphabets stroke-by-stroke, enabling you to reproduce letterforms with accuracy and consistency. Essential warm-up exercises build up speed and confidence. Teaches you how to create beautiful illuminated letters, how to lay out your letterforms and words, how to practice good spacing, work in and with color, and embellish basic alphabets with elegant flourishes. Includes a series of practical calligraphic craft projects taught by some of today's best calligraphers. Try your hand at designing a bookmark, manuscript book, family tree, or wedding invitation--and more.
VEIKO KESPERSAKS is a leading Scandinavian calligraphy specialist and lettering designer based in London. He has gained an international reputation as one of the most skilled lettering artists and teachers currently working in the field.
Beginners in the exacting art of calligraphy will learn 15 alphabets, letter-by-letter and stroke-by-stroke, as they progress through this carefully structured series of 24 one-hour lessons. Special exercises are designed to help them build their speed and confidence as they reproduce a variety of calligraphy styles with accuracy and consistency. The author advises on the importance of practicing newly learned skills at the end of each lesson before going on to a new lesson and new challenges. The book's 24 lessons include a series of projects that will enable student calligraphers to produce professional looking results. The projects include greeting cards, invitations, wall hangings, place settings, and many others. More than 350 full-color how-to illustrations present step-by-step instructions for mastering each alphabet.
Serious beginners who open this book can really learn the ancient art of calligraphy in just 24 one-hour sessions. A carefully structured beginner's course, Calligraphy in 24 Hours starts with basic instruction and progresses through sessions that challenge readers with projects of increasing difficulty. An opening lesson introduces students to the standard calligraphy tools--pens, inks, and papers. Tutorials that follow go on to teach the basic strokes for constructing 15 different alphabets, letter-by-letter. Timed exercises are presented to help learners build speed and confidence, and to produce beautifully finished lettering with accuracy and consistency. They will learn how to create professionally designed greeting cards, wall hangings, place settings, wedding invitations, and more. Instructions are complemented with more than 350 how-to color illustrations.
About the Author
Veiko Kespersaks, a leading Scandinavian calligraphy specialist and lettering designer, lives and works in London. He is internationally recognized as a skilled calligrapher and teacher. His many clients include Universal Studios, BBC, and ITV, among many others.