Books on practicalities of learning calligraphy

SCRL's picture

Hello everyone,

I'd love to delve into murky waters of calligraphy but I'm struggling to find a good book on the practical side of it. I'm reading The Stroke: Theory of writing but it is what it says on the cover - theory. I was wondering if there's some sort of a calligraphy bible that is field tested and approved by the community.

Any guidance would greatly appreciated.

hrant's picture

Do you mean calligraphy, or calligraphic (better termed chirographic) type? If it's the former, Typophile isn't the best place to ask, since it's about type, which is essentially different than calligraphy. If it's the latter, Gerrit Noordzij is in fact the doyen of chirographic type (although you will actually find a great deal of discussion about such things on Typophile).

That said, my favorite book on calligraphy is Claude Mediavilla's monumental "Calligraphy" (which I have in the French, but I believe has been made available in an English version as well).

hhp

typerror's picture

Hermann Zapf: Creative Calligraphy. A great little primer on calligraphy

Also Charles Pearce: The Anatomy of Letters.

Both are wonderful little books on calligraphy with varying degrees of instruction.

Hoffmann Angelic's picture

There is a nice new little book I recently came across called: The Art of Calligraphy and Lettering by Walter Foster which starts with basic calligraphic step by step alphabets and moves to unique modern characters. It features four lettering artists, one of them being John Stevens which is the reason I personally bought the book.

SCRL's picture

Thank you all for your feedback!
Just got The art of calligraphy and lettering. This one was the easiest to get my hands on at the moment.

@hrant I'm perfectly aware that this forum is not concerned with calligraphy but I thought I'll try my luck here first. It's my go to place when it comes to researching type related problems and it worked (:

Thanks again!

typerror's picture

Odd that the two non biting responses came from calligraphers/lettering artists who happen to be font designers.
Calligraphy is the accepted term!

hrant's picture

Hey, I can rhyme that! Calligraphy is the accepted turd.

hhp

typerror's picture

I see your ill behaved children are playing with the computer Hrant.

5star's picture

Hang on a sec lads ... I'm going to grab some popcorn for the upcoming entertainment ...

n.

hrant's picture

I'm so proud of my oldest son: he was around 5 when he realized that good letters are made from outlines, not painted.

hhp

typerror's picture

Sounds like the sign of an oppressive mentor.

hrant's picture

Sounds like a frothing stalker.

hhp

typerror's picture

:-)

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