I love writing calligraphy and after years of practicing, I’ve figured out a sure way to improve my calligraphy writing. As more people start asking me about calligraphy and hand-lettering, I come to think that maybe I do have something to share from years of practicing this art form.
When I first start learning calligraphy, I was all excited about the beautiful styles I want to learn. So often I see awesome calligraphy and lettering art in magazines and on social media (the invention of endless scrolling is the end of me ), and I set myself out to mimic and learn those styles. There is value in imitating others’ work as long as you are not stuck in that mode and you give credit where credit is due. What I’ve learned is that there is a common thread that runs through all the masterpieces.
The most important thing in practicing calligraphy
The more I am on this journey the more I believe in the importance of the basic principles in calligraphy, and they can be sum up into this one thing— consistency.
Mainly, consistency in the four S’:
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- The stroke width. Are your upstrokes all equal or similar in their thin-ness? Are the downstrokes all equal or similar in thickness?
- The size. Are the letters consistent in size? I know this one is debatable when it comes to modern calligraphy, but that’s for another email!
- The slant. Are your letters all have the same slant?
- The spacing. Are the letters spaced evenly, visually speaking? Are the spaces between words consistent?