Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy (Calligraphy I)

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Class Project

Compose a one-of-a-kind alphabet

Interested in a beginner's crash course in the basics of modern calligraphy, but have no idea how to start? This class starts at the very beginning, covering the basic tools and preliminary knowledge of modern, pointed-pen calligraphy and giving you a solid understanding of how to compose a truly unique alphabet!

Within the design community, there has been a rise in demand for basic and advanced calligraphy skills to use in a variety of ways, from wedding calligraphy to typeface design. Through this class, you'll strengthen your eye for design, typographic detail, and distinctiveness.

In a world bombarded by images and lettering thousands of times a day, coming across an image of true distinctiveness is something to cherish. Create that moment.

What You'll Learn

This class is divided into four progressive units: Understanding the Tools, Learning Letter Structure, Learning the Alphabet, and Developing a Style.

What You'll Do

You'll create a one-of-a-kind alphabet in a modern calligraphy style and develop a set of skills for bringing a persuasive, personal script to any personal project, wedding or otherwise!

What You'll Need

Required Tools

Secondary Recommended Tools

Recommended Reading

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Looking for Calligraphy II? Check out Molly Suber Thorpe's Digitizing Calligraphy: From Sketch to Vector (Calligraphy II)

Prerequisites

This is a beginner-level class, which means you need no prior calligraphy skills to participate. You'll need a pen holder, a variety of pointed pen nibs, black ink, and semi-transparent layout bond. I'll share links to where you can purchase all of the above!

Level: Beginner

Molly Jacques

Calligraphy | Lettering

Molly is a typographical artist with a strong emphasis on calligraphy and hand lettering. Her calligraphy and lettering aren't limited to one outlet: she's worked on a wide array of projects, including typeface design, editorial hand lettering, illustration, and wedding calligraphy for clients such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Conde Nast publications, and Ford. 

She currently lives and works in Detroit, Michigan alongside her husband and two pups. 

For more information, a list of interviews, and a selected client list, visit her online portfolio

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    Free with Membership
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    Become a member to get access to this class for only $9.95 a month. Or, purchase individually for the list price.

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