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The 8 Basic Strokes of Modern Calligraphy

Danielle Rothman, Modern Calligrapher in NYC

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19 Lessons (56m) View My Notes
    • 1. 8 Basic Strokes Class Intro

    • 2. 8 Basic Strokes Class Supplies

    • 3. Modern Calligraphy Introduction

    • 4. Writing Tips & Tricks

    • 5. 1st Stroke: Downstroke

    • 6. 2nd Stroke: Upstroke

    • 7. 3rd Stroke: Underturn

    • 8. 4th Stroke: Overturn

    • 9. 5th Stroke: Compound Curve

    • 10. 6th Stroke: Oval

    • 11. Typography Terms & Guidelines

    • 12. 7th Stroke: Ascender

    • 13. 8th Stroke: Descender

    • 14. 8 Basic Strokes Review for Small & Large Brush Pens

    • 15. 8 Basic Strokes Practice with Narration

    • 16. Making Letters from the Basic Strokes

    • 17. Preview: How to Connect Letters into Words

    • 18. Class Project Introduction

    • 19. Class Conclusion


About This Class

This is a foundational beginner's class for anyone who wants to learn how to do Modern Calligraphy! The 8 Basic Strokes are the building blocks that make up all letters. In this workshop, you will learn how to form these strokes using brush lettering techniques, as well as how to put them together to create words. In addition to instruction videos for each stroke, I also provide a combined video with narration to help you practice more mindfully. I purposely didn't include music in this video so that you can add your own soundtrack to keep it fresh and interesting! 

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1. 8 Basic Strokes Class Intro: - Hi. - My name is Daniel Rothman. - I am a modern calligraphy, - artists and teacher. - They said in New York State I taught over 2000 students how to get started in my - calligraphy workshops at companies including Google Four Square American Girl, - Guggenheim Museum. - Just all sorts of really cool places. - I'm really excited to bring in this class to you today. - Um, - this is going to be at the calligraphy basics. - Eight basic strokes class. - So this is perfect for weekenders on whether you've done quicker than before or not. - This is going to tell you everything you need to know. - To get started with modern calligraphy. - By the end of this class, - he will be able to use modern clicker fee tools. - Um, - creating the eight basics tricks and start learning letters. - So we're gonna really focus on these. - Eat basic strokes. - You call them her drills still be practicing. - How to create these shapes and bringing them toe letters. - I also have other classes with letters, - two words, - connections, - all sorts of fun stuff. - But right now, - this is the most important part on the reason we're starting with. - This is because it helps you get your hands around the shapes on and helps you get used to - how you hold your pen. - So it's a really good foundational lesson saying so we call these air drills. - They're very relaxing. - So even though calligraphy is hard not going like, - um, - I hope you find these drills as relaxing. - So we're gonna go ahead and get started first. - We're gonna talk about since supplies. - Then we're going to talk about the strokes themselves. - Um, - and I'm gonna give you a final project to put it. - Well, - I'm really excited to be learning with you today. - I hope you are, - too. - Um, - and I look forward to have you and Magnus. 2. 8 Basic Strokes Class Supplies: before we go ahead and start it. I would like to talk about supplies, so I do have an Amazon shopping. That link is right here on the scale share site. Also, feel free to use that to look up all my favorite supplies. It's under the brush lettering tab, so there are a few different pens that you can use. You can also use a Crayola. The super tips work great. You can also use any old brush when you have lying around, so don't feel like you have to go out and buy supplies. But if you're in the market, these are some of my favorites. So first we have the Tom Bo Fudo Sank E so it comes in it two kinds hard and soft. The hard has green on the soft is balloon. We'll talk about what that means. A little bit later. Um, as you see, it has a very small tip. So when we are practicing for beginners, you want to use a smaller, less flexible tip that's going to help you create this Hallmark fix and tens for calligraphy. So if you have this marker, this is a good choice. It's also waterproof which is really great if you're doing finished work or anything, like envelopes that are going to be exposed to the elements. Pacifism for illustration work Next up is my personal favorite. These are the Marty Yoshida Le Pen Flex. It also has a small, flexible tip, but I like about these is there a little bit smaller and more flexible but still very good for beginners. They also common 18 colors, including jewel tones and pastels. So I really enjoy using these pens and 900 attend. This is dependent I reach for these days. Another option that is still a smaller brush tip is the the pen tell touch sign pen, the brush pens. They also have these in a bullet point version, so make sure you have the ones it looks like it has glitter on the barrel, but they're not glittery on. This comes in 12 colors, and I really like these pens as well. Um, they have a nice tip, um, and they work very smoothly. All of these pens will also last you a long, long time. Finally, we have this Marv issued a look loom to you may also be familiar with the Tom Bo Jewel Tip , which is a similar style. So any time you to the stool tip ins, there is a brush pen side marker side, and then there's also a bullet tip side. So for the the plume to it's very small, it's similar to their very popular Le Pen series and then for the Tom Bow. It's a little bit sticker, so this is also an option. I will say that when you're using a pen that's a big size like this, you need to make sure that you're writing a lot. Baker. I'm going to do a version of the B six trips that shows, um, how it looks with larger, because that's really important. You really tries doing these smaller strokes with a larger pen. Just in general, I like smaller pens for beginners, but again, we're gonna use what we have, that's what. All right, now that we have our supplies, let's go ahead and get started 3. Modern Calligraphy Introduction: so the first thing that we need to do is talk about what is this modern calligraphy thing. So modern calligraphy we go is a type of calligraphy. It is based on V pointed pen style. So when you think about calligraphy and actually is better instead of thinking of it in terms of modern and traditional to think in terms of broad edge and pointed pen, so broad edge calligraphy uses pens that have a really wide nip. And the way that we create a hallmark fix and things that we see is by turning our pens for modern calligraphy is a little different. So we're gonna use Nibs and brush pens and brushes, um, that are going to be receptive to pressure. So what that means is that the harder we press here we go, thinker, our line is going to be so if you notice my hand is staying and pretty much the same place as I'm writing, it's really just how much pressure and putting down that's creating the *** and thins. If you're interested in the traditional calligraphy versions of this point of Penn style copper plate is really popular. It's used a lot for weddings on, then there's also spend Syrians. If you're interested in any of those, these eight basic strokes that we're learning also applies to traditional styles. So it's a really good basis either wait for modern calligraphy. The big distinction is that although we are using the tools and principles of calligraphy were just being a little bit more free form about it. So I'm gonna show you how to do a letter. It's not the letter you can really mix and match and create your own alphabets. You can also do something called bounce lettering, which is where we vary the height of our letters. And you can see a little bit in how I wrote this some other terms as we're going through. So we have modern calligraphy on also, see these script. These those are called flourishes. Since we're gonna talk about those two, um, and really building on the basics, we learn in this class to go ahead and do calligraphy. I also want to introduce that I'm how I'm going to do in this less eso I am filming boat simultaneously. I have, ah, a little camera right here, right out of shot that's going to be filming as I'm writing, so you'll be able to see everything I'm doing in addition to seeing my face all so that we can keep connecting and each other. All right, let's go ahead and learns and be 60. 4. Writing Tips & Tricks: Okay, let's go ahead and write these basic strokes. So first I'm gonna start by writing a title. Here we go. It's the first thing I want you to notice. As I'm writing is my speed. It's slow. I'm even going to talk slower while we do this exercise, and that's really important because it gives us the control we need. Second thing I want you to notice is that I'm not only lifting my pen at the end of words like we wouldn't script, but I'm lifting my pen after every stroke that I do. So that's where these eight basic strokes really come. In handy. The secret to beautiful, seamless calligraphy is actually picking up your panel. The next thing I want you to notice is how I'm holding my pen and not holding it straight up and down like I wouldn't normally writing Holley to decide. And that's because I want to make sure that I'm letting the pen do the work. So when I talk about pressure, I'm talking about pressing down harder. And that's what creates these beautiful fix and bins out of the hallmark of calligraphy. So the harder it press the figure that line is going to be, but we don't want to squeeze. My hand shouldn't hurt. So by holding to decide, it gives you the leverage I need to press down and meet strokes. 5. 1st Stroke: Downstroke: go ahead and start. So the very first stroke that I'm going to do is a down stroke. So we didn't talk about when it's thick and wanna stands. Let's go ahead and do that now. So if you look how I wrote this everywhere my pen went down is thick and everywhere That's upward. Cross is thin, so all my down jokes worth it. So let's start by pressing my pen and then pulling it down. So I taught almost 2000 students. None of them have broken a pen yet. You will not be the first, so go ahead. And so I'm using shorter papers. I'm going across the long way. You can go across the short way, though. On a portrait she cheat nice and silly press as hard as you can. So particularly with more traditional styles. We actually don't press that heart, and I always want to teach you to press as hard as you can so that you can decide the thickness that you want. It is all about muscle memory now. When we go slow, it's very common that our handshake and that's okay because you haven't been up. The Musselman were yet I have been doing calligraphy every day for four years. That's why I have muscle control. So this is only that you were going Teoh work on over time and it's gonna get better. And that's okay regarding size, the size that you write is going to dictated by the size of the tool that you're using. So for these smaller brush friends, this is a really good size for larger brush pens, and I'll do a demo of that as well. You're going to want to make them available bigger or a lot bigger. Many come to pen. I think I want to mention is paper. So I am using Rhodia dot paper. It has these little dot guidelines. It's a little bit of a gentler guideline in a full grid. I'm not going about four dots high, but I really don't want you to worry about guidelines just yet. I will introduce them to you. Don't worry, they are important in calligraphy, but for this exercise, I want you to just focus on work meeting. We're really just focusing on the feel of the using pressure to create. I think so. We're gonna go ahead and finish the job. Okay, home. All right. And we're good. And I'm gonna add a label here. These air down Struck's when we get going slow gives me more control, especially as a beginner. All right, number two. You ready? Let's go. 6. 2nd Stroke: Upstroke: Okay, Now we're going to do the second stroke. This is called the Upstroke. There's many different ways to do it. I like to do across and then up. Since they're both thinned. So think less check marks and more hockey sticks. You're using a dot paper. I like to go across three dots and up four. But again, I do not want to focus on that. I want you to focus on the feel of how these work. So here we go. Going to go across them up there. Now resist the urge to move your pen. You want to keep it at the same angle the way we do. This is less pressure. You also want to resist the urge to speed up as you're going through. You want to keep it nice and consistent and keep the control all the way. We catch cross, then abstinent cross, then okay. Cross what they have until all right, go ahead and label this one and they would go. Those are first to be 60 7. 3rd Stroke: Underturn: Let's go ahead and do number three because we're using brush markers. You are more than welcome to right on the back of your patients when we switched to things like pointed down or watercolor. That's what We're gonna not want to do this because then we're just gonna end up with a smeared mess everywhere but the marker, it's totally fine. Okay, so we did the down strict. We did the upstroke. Now we're gonna put them to this is called the under turn. Go down Sick old Griffin. Damn thick Griffin. So I want you to notice a few things. So what? I'm going down. I'm going to go to about eight o'clock on my clock. This bottom of corner, that's what. I'm gonna start changing my pressure. So it's really important for you to hold your paper. Calligraphy is not in the fingers. It's getting the hand and the rest of the arm. So you're really going to need movement for that? So make sure that you're holding your paper studies that you can move your hand. So when I say start lifting every pressure, I don't need immediately. Look, pick up. I mean, start to transition as you do this across then down thick. Well worth. Then you start to transition too late. What ends up happening is you end up going longer. So you also want to keep these rather equal distant to each other. So even though this is called the under turn, we call it you and I'll married. If you have these down jam, think over then, uh, down, thick over thin, damn. Thick Over Thin up, down Thick Over. Thin, Down, over thin. I was label this one Where again? I call it for you. All right, let's go ahead and two stroke number four. 8. 4th Stroke: Overturn: Okay, let's do the fourth stroke. So the last one was the younger turn. This one's over trying to the exact opposite. This is the only time I get to say this. So I'm gonna enjoy it. This one is easier than the last one. Um, and we'll talk about live a minute. So we're gonna start with up thing over things down, up Think everything down thick, and you want to start transitioning at about 12 oclock on the clock and really do it by the time you get toe one oclock on this top, right? So up, Finn, Over thin down. I think over thin dance mine got a little wobbly because I keep trying to look up the maintain eye contact, But I'm going to start looking at my paper. That's good for all of us. Isn't just saying I actually wasn't able to do calligraphy with the TV on for like, the whole first year I was practicing because it's really something that you have to put your whole focus into. So I'm gonna start ups thing over then. Damn, uh, spin everything down, up thin over thin, down, up, over. Thin, damn Up in everything damn up thin. A written down, then over thin, damned. I think. Griffin, let me show you a little trick. So our overturn it can turn upside down. Ready? Exact Same. So that's how you'll know how be shapes are looking right. So you want to keep that same run is actually call this the end. So that's part of it. End. Ah, home and really focusing on making us home. So you want to make sure that they stay nice and around and I know doesn't make sense yet that this is actually going to help us. Later, when we're connecting things as well, you go. All right, let's go ahead into struck number five. 9. 5th Stroke: Compound Curve: Okay, let's do our fixture. So this is called the over under compound curve. But that's a mouthful. So I call it the wave Theatric for this one is you wanted to be a little smaller, actually. Use this mostly for lower case letters. Eso if you're using dotted paper instead of four dots. Hi. I'm gonna use the readouts high, but really, just speaking of it, a little shorter now for this one. Just like we took one and two and put them together to be three. We're gonna take three inform, put them together to make five. So really, make sure that you're keeping the roundness in the shapes We're gonna start with that overturned, which I mentioned before is a little easier. And that's because transition into a thick is always easier than transitioning. So here we go, then. Over thin, damn thick over 10. Uh, Finn, everything down over thin. Uh uh. Since Alicia now I think everything I understand. Damn. Oh, listen, Uh uh, since over, thin down, sick, over thin up there. Don't forget we can I want a transition earlier than you think. You have Teoh the same way as we did in the previous trucks that's finished around, uh, state. Well, person down over Thin. Uh uh, Sent down thick. All risk in, uh, since over. Thin damn over, Sen, I think. Upset. Oh, written damn thick. Well, listen, end up. All right? So, again, this is the compound curve. Or is I like to call it the wave. Let's go ahead. And Mabel that Okay, so we're gonna go ahead and move on to the next stroke. It's gonna be our hardest one, but don't worry. I'm gonna walk you through it. 10. 6th Stroke: Oval: Okay, let's go ahead and do our next joke. So Number six is the oval. It is the hardest stroke for many reasons. One reason is because it's a double. Everyone wants to do a circle. I'm going to a circle, but it's not. It's a noble. I'm going to show acumen contacts as soon as we're done with this row, and it's going to get a lot more sense. Until then, we're just gonna start with the level on. The other thing that's hard about it is its counterclockwise. They're actually going to the left. So if you're right handed, vanity harder because you're left handed actually might be easier, so we'll have to report pack on that one. The other thing that's hard about it is you have to get into and out of that, Um, so it's gonna be a little challenging, and I'll show you how to do that. And then the last part is just remembering where is thick and wears thin. So I'm gonna show this Ovaltine twice. You can see what it looks like. Then we got pause, and I'm going to show you a trick that I've developed that you'll be able to do, and we're gonna do that trick together, and then when you're ready, you'll move back over. Here's I live in This tricky about it is it's slanted to the side. Now, as you're doing this first row, it's probably not going to be slanted. And I understand that that's OK. Um, that is something here in a woman in the future up. And I get 1/3. All right, so let's go ahead and look at this. If you see it starting on our top right corner here about two o'clock on our clock, we're going up and over into ethic down and out of our sick with standing. So the way that I remember this is like drawing a blocks, and that's not Show me where to start and where to transition. All right, let's do it itself with our box. We're gonna go up, then I'm gonna go straight up overseas notice I'm picking up my pen. That's because these air separate strokes, but the ovals, themselves or not, they're going to be one strip. So here we go again. Ups, then over. Thin down, over thin, then sound familiar. One more time. Luxan over thing down everything and all right, let's go back to these ovals. Uh, I think over thin down, over Sen. But then again, we start transitioning in the same spots. Is our last one up? Think? Oh, everything. Damn thing over. Thin upset, uh, fit. Overthink, Damn thick over bin on, emphasizing I usually go between three and four dots. Just want to make sure that it's big enough. You could get your hand around it and not so big that you feel like you can't do it in one stroke. So common things that I see with my students is all often see extra pressure right here in this corner and that often it comes from just need to big because that makes up losing steam and assume that that's happening. You just naturally start pressing. So really, make sure it's a manageable size and they are going nice. And going slow is always really hard for my students. My teaching New York City. So one time I said, it goes slow on. My student was like, but I'm a New Yorker. I don't know how, and that's okay. I'm a New Yorker to, and really it's wanna lean into the mindfulness of it, Because going slow just helps you have control. Now, that isn't to say that I go still all the time. As you get better, you can actually speed up or stylistically, you can decide that you like a mess, Your style and all that is fine. But I'm a big fan of learning the rules before you, so I'm just gonna do a few more of these ovals, All right? And once this rose over, we're gonna transition up thin. Oh, Griffin. Down, over. Thin up since oh, written damn over thin, You know, up thin, over thin. Damn thick. Well, over. Thin up. Think over thin. Damn thick over thin. Let's go ahead and label this in. Um, justice. Fit of inconsistency owes are not ovals. They actually start with the down stroke. Um, I'll tell you more about that in a couple seconds here when I show you what the levels become. But I figured I didn't share that with you, so I've been next part before we go ahead and dive into our last two, I'm actually going to take a little type of degree break and share you share with you how these ovals look in context. Home. I give you a little of it typography lesson, and then we're gonna foot back and finish these last puts, so you couldn't. 11. Typography Terms & Guidelines: So as I mentioned Atlanta, I was finishing the ovals. Before we go into the last two basic strokes, I want to do a little bit of a conversation about guidelines and topography. Oh, and have that head into our last two strokes while also showing you what this oval looks like in context. So let's start. There ain't guidelines on this one. And this is switching to the pen tell touch, sign, pen or brush gun that I mentioned before. So whether we know it or not are clicker fee for any writing. Actually, always has three guidelines. So there's a top. There's a line, you know, and there's a line. So this baseline, real or imaginary, is the line. All of our letters sit on. There is always a baseline When you're ready. The next line is called the X Height, and sometimes I'll call this for midline. And it is the height of the lower case, Letter X, then the last one is our cap height with a height of our capital letters. Okay, we use a different color. I really love this Loker colors. We're gonna go with that. So here is my oval upset over things jam thick Oh, within upset. That's the level in context. If I take this oval and I add under time I've got a letter A So any time we write a letter , there's actually three parts. You have your entrance shook that guides you in. You have the letter itself, which in this case, is the A. And then you have something called the exit stroke. Now, this is something gonna talk about more when we talk about connecting. But I just want to preview this for you because this is why this A is a combination of the oval and be under turn and not the oval in the downstream. So we always want to make sure our exit stroke comes up at least 2/3 of the way to our X height. And this is going to serve as a catcher's mitt for us to add in our next letter. And this is how we connect. So when we're doing this and let her a notice, I did a full global and then I picked up. I went right over it. Um, that is going to really help us later on. We do connections just wanted preview that for you. So let's do this oval again. Now, this time I'm going to do the letter D. So I'm gonna swoop in time a technical turn, just what I call it and create my letter. D So notice this is a lower case D But it doesn't go to the excited goes up to the cat fight. So this is called in K Center Any time you have a lower case letter that goes above our X height or a sense both calling a sender and then the last I'm gonna show you right now is how to make a letter G. We're gonna bring back our trusty oval energy, so notice the G goes below my baseline. Re so that is called a D sender. Yeah, There you have it. Some basic typography, some other terms that you may hear. I'll use the word crossbar, and that's when you cross a T or a s. Um, we'll also talk about these exit strokes a lot more when we talk about connecting and things like that in future lessons. So for now, this is your preview because you haven't guessed yet. Our last two basics trucks are the a sender and the D sender. So let's go ahead. Go back to those eight basic strokes and try these two essential parts. 12. 7th Stroke: Ascender: Okay, Now that we've learned a little bit more about typography, let's go tackle these last two basic strokes. So this 1st 1 is going to be are a sender. So for this, we're gonna start across Ben upset over things and down thick. So here's an arrow to show where we're starting. So a few things I have noticed with my students over the years is often we don't give yourself enough space going across or high. So really think of this is being in the middle. So we're gonna really give room for that nice Luke and then come down. You want not speed up? Resist that urge. Keep it nice and control all the way down. If you speed up too much, you're gonna see it's gonna king out to decide. So keep it nice and straight. Now, many calligraphy alphabets are to the side for today. We're doing everything up right, and that's actually how I do my beginner alphabet. But if you're someone who wants to do something slanted, you totally can slant your A sender. That's completely up to you. But for today, I'm gonna keep it up right And think of this as a lower case. F not a capital P. This is a loop we could see in a l Free beach. All right, let's go ahead and do this last one. Oh, I almost forgot the label. So this is our A sender, Dennis. Okay, here's our last basic strip. 13. 8th Stroke: Descender: All right, Let's see the last one. This is a D sender. We're gonna go down sick, over, thing up thin. I'm going to start with that down. So think of this as a J or the bottom of a G. Like I showed you. Down thick over sen. Up and over. Set Jan thick, old, thin up and over. Things jam thick, over thin, over thin. And I've mentioned before. You're doing a slight alphabet. You can slant bees too. That's totally up to you. I want you noticed something. Remember how three and four for the same upside down. It is the same thing for a center and R D sender. Okay, so if you ever want to check your shapes, this is a great way to do it. All right, let's just throw down over, thin enough down over then. But over down, thick, over 10 up and everything. Damn thick over thin. An oversight down. Pick over. Thin up and over. Sin down thick over sin, you know, damn thick over. Then meet. All right, let's go ahead and label this and then I'll do a little review and I'll be it for 86 years okay for effect. So there you have it. That's your eight basics tricks. Next, I'm gonna do a little bit of a recap of all of them all together so you can see what they look like, both of the smaller brush pen and of our depression. 14. 8 Basic Strokes Review for Small & Large Brush Pens: Okay, Now that we've done our eight basics tricks, let's see how this all looks together. So starting with our smaller brush pen are nice, thick down stroke and her upstroke cross and then up nice and thin downs thick over thin up , then pretty under. Turn up Finn over thin, down thick for the overturned and notice it got a little inconsistent. That can happen if you're too focused on your fins like I was. Don't worry. If it's not a spin is humanly possible. That's okay. Focus more for consistency on the page, and don't be afraid to go back and fix the stakes. It's fine. All right, let's see the compound curve out of thin. A victim down Sick. Oh, written. All right, let's tackle that whole up since oh Griffin. Damn over thin ups, then Very good. All right. And across over sin down thick for my a center and now my descended down fix over, thin up and over thin. There we go. Those are eight basics jokes with our small brush gun. So that's what we just went over. I'll also include audio of me narrating each strip as you go through to kind of help You keep your speed in mind and things like that. But before we do that, I just want to show you what this looks like. What are larger brush pen? Well, I'm going to switch to this, Marty. You shoot up the plume to um, like I said, it's a larger brush. Pen has a bigger tip, and it's going to be a lot bigger. So here we go. See a big difference. Dan, notice my fin is not a spin. It's not because I'm not skilled. It's because I'm working with a larger tool, and I want to make sure that I'm keeping miss proportionate. When I first started learning calligraphy, I found the Tom Vogel brush friends while I was doing coloring at the height of the color graze in 2016 right? Um so I bought them because their water color markers somewhere to the claim to their music now, and I knew that they were blend beautifully. So I googled. What else can you do with the Tombaugh Dole tips? And I saw my first lettering video, and I tell you, it was love at first sight. So here I am with these excessive markers and I fall in love and all this is great. And then a month later, I'm trying to the eight basic strokes looking toe look like this, using this kind of pen, and I literally threw it across the room and my husband was like, You spent all this money on these tens? Why are you throwing them? And I said, cause I can't get it Been enough and it wasn't because I wasn't good. A few weeks later, I got my first combo foodie. At the time, it was really the only one of the size that was available that we knew about. And I felt an entire sketchbook in two days because I was able to do it. I was just having really unrealistic expectations of myself of the tool I was using. So really, make sure that your expectations are in line with what's possible with your tools, because usually it's not actually you, it's what you're doing and how you're using it. So why share that story? Because calligraphy well, beautiful is not easy. And I know that, and I don't want you to keep that in mind, going for progress over perfection. So here we go now. We've seen what it looks like with our small pens and are large friends so you can really see with that difference. Looks like in modulated accordingly. So next stop. I'm shouldn't write the basic strokes again. I'll switch colors this time as I'm narrating, but I'm just gonna do one world each on and then we'll go ahead and wrap up this class with , um, some letter basics and connection basics and really getting us excited for the next class. I'll be offering very soon here on school. Shit. All right, let's do it. 15. 8 Basic Strokes Practice with Narration: Okay, so this video is a basic strokes narration. So feel free. You can wash video if you want, or just keep it in the background. I'm just gonna narrate as I do one row across with this small tip Le Pen flex for each stroke to help you stay on track. So let's do press and pull down. Press all down. Nascent press pull. Down you go. This is our downstream. Yes. Hold, Chris. Down you go. This one doesn't actually need variation. But all right for you. Down, Back, down, down. You've been nice. Control through the end. Going again? You don't need to press us because possible leader, but it's really gonna help you as you're learning. Press town. Think down here. Very Sandra Vaccine mindfulness at its best. Well, almost done with this will go and, uh okay. Good job. Let's go ahead and do our next one. So cross. Then again, if using dotted paper idea about three dots and then upstanding off Florida, you're not doing got a paper or you don't like guidelines. Don't worry about it. Cross Then up cross, then cross, then, uh, across, then cross. Then across, then across. Then across, then up cross, then, uh, across. Then that cross. Then, uh, don't forget to hold your paper. All right. Next we have our under turn. Damn thick. Oh, Grifton Jam thick. Kristen down Sick, Uh, Down thick, Well written down. Thick. Over. Thin, down thick. Who were thin up. Damn thick over thin. Uh, Damn thick off, then. Upset hoops. 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Been over him Down over Thin and over down Pick over Thin in over, Down thick, over thin And over there we go That was our d sender. And now we've done all eight basic strokes with duration. Great job. So these drills are really wonderful for you to return back to, I would say at least a few times a week. Really noticed my clear if you got a lot better when I started doing that, every time you get a new tool, every time you try a new technique, always go back to these. Um, it's better to practice a few minutes a day than it is, you know, five hours on Lee, once every couple of months. We really want to build muscle memory. And this is how you do that. So the next video is going to be how we take some of these strokes in tournament the letters on, and then we're gonna preview some letters and connections that will be learning in future lessons. Thank you so much for taking this class and spending this time with me. Let's go ahead and do the next video 16. Making Letters from the Basic Strokes: Now that we've done the eight basic strokes, let's talk about how we combine them to start making some letters. So if we take that a center stroke and we combine it with that compound curve strip, we get let reach, see how that works. Now it looks little different, right? So I added a little embellishment to the entrance stroke. And then I did a little bit of bounced lettering. French. We'll talk about in a future class. We talk about more about connections and letters, but you can see those same basic things were there. So it's the bottom of this age plus this exit stroke. And that's how you put that together, all right? And you can do variations of this, of course. Um, adding in those flourishes that I briefly started to talk about, um and really make it feel more your own Another when we can do what we did before was that full, um, so oval plus R D sender? Because that g from before Okay, um, we also could you an end. So if we take that overturned plus our compound curves, we get a lower case, and no, it isn't picking up after that. First time. Okay, There you go. Um, if you take busy, you stroke becomes a letter. I nice and easy notice it doesn't come up is high on action to a little higher than that of the exit shook, but still pretty much like already there. So you can see how the stroke start to become letters. And that's really important for you to see how it all comes together. And you can see that under turned in all of these exit strokes. So why don't you show you start putting some of these letters together, All right? Eso the next video. I'm going to showing you a little bit about connections, and we're gonna right smarts. 17. Preview: How to Connect Letters into Words: Okay, so let's start looking at some letters And connectors is a bit of a preview for future classes, but also showing how these eight basic strokes really help and really help you refine your lettering. So we talked about that H and we talked about strokes. The letters were gonna write the word. How low. So here's our entrance. Now, by doing it this way, this actually is a flourish Normally would start with just the loop. But I really like the swooping in. So I call it being and then we have our each again does not end at the bottom and ends with this exit stroke because the secret to beautiful, seamless, quicker be is picking up our pen after each stroke. Now we have our east. So in script, we would double back. But see, it's gonna touch. So for this were actually gonna come out and then go over the connector point, and that's going be how we connect. We're gonna see this a lot with a sender's as well. So I'm gonna swoop in again for my first AL, and as long as it goes over that exit stroke, it's going to look nice. and connected and very seamless. Some notice my eyes a stroke came up to here, but it looks a lot shorter. So be aware of that kind of service that captures met and we go over it. You can see where the baby six jokes were really coming into play with these. So for this one, instead of doing another swoop, because then it would be overlapping and maybe make it a little harder to read. I'm gonna do this kind of like the e where I come out, a little bit of a change in angle, not holding the pen, just that I'm writing. And as long as I go over that, connect yourself nice and seamless. Now is a preview before the O is actually not a noble. We start with it down, and that's because it ends with the loop. There we go. So those on there exist wrote Come straight out. And if you want, you can round it a little bit for a terminal or at the end of a word. There's hello. Now I'm gonna write the word love again. Nice, nice entrance and exit show. Here's my all again and might be down and then we go. Hello, love. Um, so that's a little bit of a preview of the letters and connectors. So the next thing that I recommend, once you have these basic strokes looking in pretty good shape is to do an entire outfit. Bet I like to do entire connected off about to practice connections. Eso our next class is actually going to be I'm showing you the alphabet, showing you the whole connected awful back. And then how we do these different kinds of connections and some tricky letter connections and words. So please keep an eye out for those coming up. This was just a little bit of a taster. Also, the last word I'm gonna write on here is still share. Since that's where we are. You could see how again this all comes together coming out since stepping in. And there's that basic stroking and that's like a variation of that way. There is my you stroke e sender again passes touch that exit strip and this welcome. There's my H, but there is a noble high oval. It is the whole awful damn huh Down. All right, so that is our class. Um, stay tuned for your final project. And again a little bit more about what's coming up next 18. Class Project Introduction: All right, So now that we've done the eight face extracts, it's time for your project. So the project for this class is really simple. I want to see your drills. So take a picture. Do a scan doing upload. I really want to see how your drills are looking. So feel free to share any picture it all of your practice on what? That full she of your eight basic strokes. And always feel free to ask any questions you're here, the sculpture platform or on Instagram Instagram's Roth Burns. Creative or over, you know all right. 19. Class Conclusion: my friend. This is the conclusion to the eight basic strokes class. Thank you so much for joining me. I hope you found this helpful. So in this class we went through all of the eight basic strokes that make up every single letter. We talked about how to form them, using modern calligraphy with mostly small brush pens, but also a little bit with larger restaurants as well. We also talked a little bit about how these connect into letters that a bit of a preview on how they form words. So I'll have future classes on the alphabet on forming words a little bit more about connections. I'm also going to be branching out into other mediums besides markers, including water colors. So please stay tuned for that. Um, again, my name is Daniel Rothman. Um, if you'd like to follow along with me, you can do so here on skill share or on Instagram. My business name is Ralph Burns. Creative. I'm Daniel Rothman. My husband's last name is burned. So what of Blackburn's family? If you'd like to follow along on Instagram, please do again. It's at Roth Burns Creative. We contact all of your creations um I Rathburn Skill share. Also, I have a website, Rothmans creative dot com. If you're interested in having private lessons, they're learning more doing in person classes or really could have any questions at all. Please do not hesitate to reach out. I am absolutely here for you on your clicker journey. So again, Thank you so much for joining me. And I hope to see you in a future class soon.