How To Start Writing Calligraphy



hi I'm Paul Antonio master scribe and creative director Paul Antonio scribe I've been doing calligraphy for 25 years my clients include Tiffany's Joe Mellon the BAFTAs British Museum how to learn calligraphy the first thing you have to consider before you even start thinking of learning to use calligraphy apart from getting your tools ready is the space around you immediately around you where you're going to work consider that you need a lot of space immediately around you you then need to have your tools ready inks ready not close to the paper because it's very easy to knock the ink over and that's not a good way to start and things must be easily reachable what's the first thing you need to learn well how does calligraphy work I have a large range of rulers in the studio and I generally markup based on the sizes of the rulers now these she took the pins cut earlier on but I will show you how to cut a sheet of paper properly so what we're going to do is we'll put the sheet at the top and we'll rule from the underside of the street and and that gives us at least a straight line to work on now notice I'm actually using the edges of the paper to rule the lines the reason for that is some people believe that if you just draw a line on a piece of paper then you have a straight line to work with and that's all well and good but because there are four edges if the edges are not symmetrical or not even with each other your eyes will start picking up on these additional angles which will also cause problems when you starting to write so this is called your baseline because it is the base of which the letters will sit on the next thing you learn is you look at the tool that you're going to use all letters are proportional to the tool that you're working with now we made something called a neighbor ladder replacing little squares just touching the squares to each other this tells us how high the letters need to be based on the width of the pen now this is quite a difficult to nib ladder to produce you can actually produce a simpler one which is more like a stepladder and what we're going to look at is we're going to look at the basic underlying script for italic they have on the bladder we have our baseline italic is generally done between four to six nib widths one two three four five six so we'll go at five what we're going to do is we're going to measure this off I generally use another piece of paper to do this kind of imagery as if you start using rulers they can become problematic because you start adding angles of increment and will rule the first line and will also double up these lines above and below and above and below this is much easier on an angled board or if your board has a parallel motion ruler on it so we have a baseline strap this here we have a x height or waistline we have a descender line and we have an ascender lab reason for that is our baseline keeps all letters on the base our ascender line is where the top of our letters with ascending bit like d BL and then we have the descender line where letters with decent sending bits like angie and the trade exist we also have another line which is halfway between these two lines and that is called our cap height yes because the capitals are not actually written at the same height as the ascenders oh it's advisable to rule all these lines before you start trying and that's essentially the underlying principle for all calligraphy always a baseline an X height or a waistline and fasten the line the descender line in the coupler manuscript also produces this which is called a manuscript calligraphy move which actually has these little grids on the side and they tend to correspond to the nibs they have so if you want to get away from all of this complexity then get the rule it's a little bit easier but do remember rule on a baseline rule the top mark off on both sides so that you're actually working from point to point don't assume that just marking this off will allow you to draw a straight line on the other side and basically that's how you learn calligraphy

40 thoughts on “How To Start Writing Calligraphy

  1. I appreciate the video hope to use it because ilan to write old b9blical scriptures in calligraphy on my paintings I also hooe to pratice the letters whiile the acrylic dries

  2. I've been looking at so many beginners videos for this and yours is the first one that didn't just jump straight into how to write different scripts.

  3. I just hate the way you make it look so easy! hahaha just kidding… I admire your skill and dedication. Thanks for posting.

  4. I love your traditional method but Instead of having to draw those lines, can I use graphing paper? And just mark where the base line, ascender and etc… are?

  5. That’s more like a professional voice actor. Snoop Dog should have seen this, you can be this good if you stay away from drugs.

  6. I remember Calligraphy and Lettering being part of our primary and secondary school curriculum. I was fascinated with the beauty of it but was too lazy to do it myself. It’s always a lot of work and I didn’t consider it relaxing then. Now I’m watching Calligraphy videos to alleviate stress. Ha.

  7. Having to explain that ass-ending lines are different from “ascending” lines to a ten year old is always fun 😂

  8. Sir, I want to know the name of the type of the pen to which you have used for calligraphy in this video. Please sir ,can you tell me?

  9. Excellent !! Would you mind telling us what type of pen you are using ? So many people have asked this question.Thank you.

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