I have decided to put my learning experience online for two reasons:
- I hope that others will join in and we'll all learn in a collaborative manner - critiquing, advising and supporting each other.
- I also hope to receive advice from members who are experienced in this hand from time to time.
My preparations thus far:
I have decided to use Gillot 303 and 170 (I have only one of these). I write with a naturally light touch and find the 303 very nice to write with. I also have Nikko G nibs but they are too stiff for my liking.
I have acquired the thicker Century Oblique and the Hunt/Speedball Oblique Pen holders. With a little bit of adjustment per Dr. Vitolo's videos on iampeth.com the Century Oblique holder is wonderful to use.
I am using Walnut ink for practice although I switch to Pelikan Brown and Brilliant Black on occasion. I tried Higgins Eternal Black but found it a little too thick - that might just be the paper though as I find it an excellent ink for broad nib work.
I'm using Daler-Rowney Marker pad for practice. The paper takes ink beautifully and is thin enough for the guidelines to show through clearly. I have tried out regular inkjet paper and it works fine, the only limitation is that the guidelines have to be printed on the paper.
I have decided to use the videos on iampeth.com (here) for guidance. I am aware that this guidance is for the Engrosser's script but I suspect that the strokes are similar and learning from here will put Copperplate within reach.
I started out with a practice sheet today. I mostly played around drawing different letters and getting a feel for the things I need to learn/fix, which, understandably, is a lot right now. Proper practice will start tomorrow. I am using a guide sheet with an x-height of 6mm and main slant guides at 54 degrees from horizontal.
I am attaching a partial scan of the page from today and will follow up with more scans as my skills grow. Would you like to join me on this journey?
Here's day1-sheet1 (partial):