A few days ago I wrote about being a beginner again.
In the spirit of “learning it out in the open” and “Document[ing] your progress and share as you go so that others can learn along with you” from the book, Show Your Work by Austin Kleon, this is exactly what I plan to do. So, I hope you are interested and want to follow me on my journey as I learn calligraphy.
Yesterday I started to practice my capital B's, O's and R's.
If you are wondering why I’ve started with these letters, I’m focusing on the letters of my name first. It seemed to be the most logical!
It’s the weirdest thing to look at duplicates of letters. After awhile they start to look funky and I feel cross-eyed. But I think that my execution improves due to a better understanding of what is working and not working.
(You’ll see some notes on my sheets as I got a bit frustrated or found some humor in my goofs.)
I felt like the hardest parts of capital B's and R's were the following:
- Consistency with the bowls in terms of angle or is it axis? (Forgive me if my type terminology isn’t quite right. I’m rusty and correct me if I'm totally off!)
- Consistency in where the thick and thin strokes would appear.
- When to move into the tail for the R's so they don’t look too wide and funky.
The O’s … oy.
I have to confess that I thought capital O’s were going to be super easy — hah!
If I was just creating a beautiful counter, it would have been easier but the little swash made getting the proportion of the counter that much harder.
I think it worked out better as I went a long but those first few were super butt-ugly. I had to laugh out loud because they looked utterly ridiculous!
Make like a turtle
I have a turtle figure around here somewhere and I’m going to put it near my — borrowing a cooking term here — mise en place for calligraphy to remind me to slow down.
“Slow down” is the constant reminder in my head as I see the details of my mistakes or what I perceive to be mistakes. Once I listen, the slower movements seem to yield better results.
We’ll see. I mean, I had this thought: How will I know if my execution is good without an expert? You know that 10,000 hours concept? 10,000 hours isn’t all that it was cracked up to be.
Next letters are capitals A’s, H’s and M’s. Yeah, I think 3 letters each time is good. I like three’s.