2. scribebynight:



    Anyone who pledges at least $1 per month will have their name or url written in Calligraphy and published to ScribeByNight.com as a patron reward. Please request whether you want your name or your url to be written by private message. This is a one time reward, and if you do not like it or do not wish to support the project after that you are welcome to cancel your pledge at any time. Requests will be completed as time allows.

    The reason I am making this offer is to get as many people signed up and familiar with Patreon as possible, to hopefully increase the number of people who would be comfortable donating to this project through this service in the future.

    Cidio, Editor at ScribeByNight.com

    What I’m saying is that you can cancel your pledge before the first donation is even collected on the first of the month. I just want to see that people are alive, and able to figure out how Patreon works.

  3. bublog:

    BUB’s first “viral video”, from when she was only a few months old - BUB! YOU’VE GOT YOGURT ON YOUR HEAD

    This gives me life.

    (Source: youtube.com)

    Tagged #lilbub
  4. fuckyeahcalligraphy:


    30 Day Calligraphy Challenge!

    Day 14: Favourite word

    Cathexis: Investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea.

    Real talk, is there another acceptable way to do the letter ‘x’ in the gothic hand? The only calligraphy stroke guide book I’ve been using was published in 1982 (scans of it will happen) and I’m just wondering if somewhere along the way a different method came up.

    That is pretty much the Gothic x that I’m use to seeing.

    If you’re okay mixing scripts, you can find some x’s that read better to the modern eye.  Here’s some examples from my references.

  5. Some gothic x’s for i-put-things-on-the-internet

    I like the first, swoopy x, which is 11th-12th century early Gothic.  It calls back to insular and Luxeuil miniscule scripts.  That evolves into the x’s with crossbars, which sometimes look a little bit too much like r’s for my taste.  The second image seems like a nice compromise between a Gothic and modern x.  The last example is a Littera Bastarda x, with a crazy descender.

    I don’t worry too too much about mixing scripts.  I’ll take readability over historical accuracy any day of the week.  Or sometimes, one style is just way more fun to write, so it sneaks into other scripts I’m practicing.  If I’m really serious about it, I’ll try to match, say, a more angular x to a more angular style, or a more rounded x to a curvier style.   

    I hope that helps! 

  6. typeworship:

    How to get started in Calligraphy

    In this our third guest post, typographer, letterer and calligrapher Seb Lester give us an insight into his practices and offers tips to anyone looking to develop their calligraphy skills. Full videos of above animations: Destiny and Heart & Soul

    Calligraphy is enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment. I first noticed at the beginning of 2013 when mainstream publications like Salon started taking an interest in my calligraphy work.  Momentum has gathered since then to the point that one of my calligraphy clips has now had over one million views and, due to the interest Instagram have recently taken in calligraphy, I now have 156,000 people following me there. So something is clearly in the air and I find that very exciting. I think a lot of the resurgence of interest is a reaction to the ubiquity of pixels in our lives and indicative of a more general growth of interest in traditional craftsmanship.

    Many hundreds of people have been asking me questions about how to get started so this seems a perfect opportunity to help promote the practice and appreciation of this beautiful, ancient art form. Calligraphy is a broad term encompassing a wide variety of letterforms. These alphabets have been created with a wide variety of tools over the past 2,000 years or so in the West. One of the attractions for me is that in calligraphy we find the foundations from which typefaces and typography have been built.

    The key to producing beautiful calligraphy is perseverance. You will only persevere if you enjoy what you’re doing.

    In terms of broad edge calligraphy tools, necessary for Gothic and Italic styles, ‘Manuscript’ brand calligraphy fountain pens are widely available and practical beginners tools. Pilot Parallel Pens are also great fun and easy to use. As you advance you will probably want to start using traditional metal calligraphy nibs made by established manufacturers like Brause and Mitchell. They can be a bit more difficult to handle but can help achieve finer results.

    For pointed pen calligraphy, characterised by graceful curves and strong contrasts in line width, I would recommend trying Nikko G nibs. You can use these in either a traditional or an oblique pen holder, it is a matter of personal preference. Iron Gall ink is best for this type of calligraphy. McCaffrey’s and Walker’s Copperplate Ink get great results for me.

    Paper is always an important consideration. The paper I often use with Pilot Parallel Pens is Daler Rowney Smooth Cartridge Paper, but any smooth cartridge paper should be fine. When I’m working on roughs for any type of calligraphy I often use Goldline Layout paper and Goldline Marker pads. In terms of sketchbooks a lot of calligraphers like the Rhodia brand as the paper doesn’t bleed easily. As with everything the key is to experiment, paper with more texture can produce interesting results too.

    In terms of books for inspiration I can recommend ‘Scribe: Artist of the Written Word’ by John Stevens, a true modern master. For instruction I would also suggest ‘Foundations of Calligraphy’ by the brilliant Sheila Waters. ‘Calligraphy’ by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls was published this year, a very good book for beginners. Any of ‘The Speedball Textbook’ series are also inexpensive sources of information and inspiration.

    The key to producing beautiful calligraphy is perseverance. Progress comes through focused and sustained study and practice. You will only persevere if you enjoy what you’re doing. For this reason I’d personally suggest starting with a calligraphy style you particularly like the look of. When you have a reasonable grasp of that style you will notice many of the skills are transferable to other styles.

    I feel so lucky to have found what Hermann Zapf described as “this peaceful and noble art”. My working process as a designer and artist has evolved into a hybrid style blending my knowledge of both traditional and digital tools. I think this is a great way to work and as a result I feel I am becoming a better designer and artist every day, which makes me very happy. So if you want to try calligraphy just have fun. Don’t be discouraged by early failures, there will be many of those. However, I can say with some authority that success is built on failure.

    Above image: Some recommended tools: From top to bottom: Nikko G nib with oblique pen holder, Copic Wide Extra Broad, Automatic Pen, Kuretake Brush Pen, Pilot Parallel Pen, Manuscript Italic Fountain Pen, Tombow ABT Brush Pen, Ruling Pen.

    See more of Seb’s fantastic work on: Tumblr and Seblester.co.uk

    (via sxscalligraphy)

  7. Mike is a quote machine.

  8. My friend, Mike, did an impression of me.  This is apparently what he calls calligraphy.


    It does sound like me.  I’ll give him that.

    Tagged #calligraphy
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