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First foray into calligraphy

August 4, 2014

Day 1:

Having watched "Understanding the Tools" while waiting for my own calligraphy set to get in, I was ready to jump to "Learning Letter Structure" once my order of paper, nibs, and pen holders had arrived. 

My first attempt at drawing "/" was awful. I had no sense of how hard to press, when to apply pressure, and when to not. I found it all a lot more difficult than it looked in the video (Molly makes it look SO easy!). I also found that it is really difficult for me to not use a ninja grip (resulting in some sore hands). 

I quickly learned that even a small amount of practice makes a big differentce 

This was my first attemps at "/, U, S, and O". I felt (and still feel) very uncomfortable - especially when it comes to Os. 

I became impatient and wanted to start trying letters to see how that would turn out. I stuck to following the trace images and using the arrows as guidelines for how to compose a single letter. I found the arrows to be extremely helpful, but I do have a hard time taking the letters slowly. I also find it very difficult to create "confident" strokes. You can see the shakiness in my letters. 

I'm not sure if it was nerves, coffee, or just it being my first time, but you can definitely see the shakiness in that "j". 

I then spent a long time trying to produce big condient strokes. I do much better with thicker strokes than the much smaller strokes (think uppercase "A"). For now the goal is to practice the hell out of each letter, number, and character. I'm hoping I can start producing smoother/finer lines. 

I've ordered "Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography" with the hopes that once I start to produce confident, smooth, free hand letters that I can start learning new lettering techniques. 

Granted, this was JUST my first day! So I'll upload some more notes and photos on my progress as the week progresses. 

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