In general I use four scripts for most of my work, 3 of the scripts, italic, gothic
and celtic use a broad nib to provide the thick and thin strokes and have evolved
from the classic Roman alphabet . The fourth, copperplate, uses a very flexible pointed
steel nib, which if you apply pressure as you make a stroke opens up to write a thick
Italic and gothic scripts are mastered by most amateur calligraphers, celtic by fewer
and copperplate script by very few calligraphers.
Most calligraphic scripts are related so if the four scripts I normally use are not
what you are looking for, providing you supply me a sample of the style you would
like I should be able to write it.
Although calligraphy is classed by the arts world as a craft, this does it a serious
misjudgement in my opinion. From years of exposure to the written letter the human
eye is highly attuned to letter forms and the slightest inaccuracy in the shape,
alignment or spacing of letters is immediately apparent to the untrained eye. This
means that a calligraphers work must be very even and exact if it is to be satisfying
to the reader, contrast this with many artistic forms such as impressionism and cubism
where the exactness of form is not essential to a good work. Furthermore, it is
almost impossible to cover up a mistake made when writing calligraphic scripts and
when a mistake is made the work must be abandoned and restarted, whereas say with
an oil painting the liberal 'slapping' on of more paint can hide a multitude of errors.
To view the 4 scripts and for information about them please select one of the links
to the left.