If you are a new or aspiring letterer, it is my hope that this post will be an encouraging reminder that we all start at the beginning.
I first picked up a calligraphy pen in the summer of 2015. I had enrolled in a 2-day Copperplate workshop and my first ever piece of writing is the large piece you see here. I was honestly pretty excited about it at the time- look Ma, thicks and thins! Today, I see all the hallmarks of a beginner- wobbles, inconsistent slant, and an unfortunate spelling fail for liquor (#embarrassing). However, this is an important snapshot of what the beginning of my lettering passion looked like. Today, I rewrote the same pangram using the same paper and nib, which you can see on the right. Is it perfect? Nope, far from it. Is it an improvement? Absolutely! If you're struggling as a beginner and feeling overwhelmed by the beautiful calligraphy and lettering you see, please consider this example. We all start somewhere and with practice and time, it only gets better! .
Paper: Geographics Parchment
Nib: Hunt 101
Pen Holder: Ash Bush
Ink: before: Pelikan 4001, after: Yasutomo Vermillion sumi
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