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#1 James Pickering

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 02:57

I think it is important to include this as a topic for there are numerous devotees and admirers of this very beautiful and elegant style of handwriting. One of the best practitioners of Copperplate handwriting who I know is AntoniosZ, who's writing I admire very much.

He posted a superb exemplar of his work at:

http://pagesperso.la...p?showtopic=304

I urge all those interested in copperplate writing to visit there. With luck, we may get Antonios to contribute further here!

James

Edited by James Pickering, 18 December 2004 - 06:49.


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#2 antoniosz

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 04:39

Oh James thank you. Your kindness is almost too much to bear. Hearing this from you means a lot (although I know that some times good teachers use every tool in their disposal to push their students - even flatery ;) ). Please do also post your examplar of copperplate - I remember you posted one that you wrote with an Osmiroid Copperplate (an interesting nib, by the way).

I am posting below practical advice for nib flexing "needed" for copperplate. If I would write it again, I would change the title because flexing to the max is not what copperplate is. The advice below is how to get the tine opening you want with minimum stress on the nib. It comes from my experience as a mechanical engineer :) rather than as an expert calligrapher.

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#3 James Pickering

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 04:55

.......... I know that some times good teachers use every tool in their disposal to push their students - even flattery  ;) ..........


Ah, Antonios, you have exposed my devious ways! ;) But I am sincere about recruiting your considerable skills.


..........  Please do also post your examplar of copperplate - I remember you posted one that you wrote with an Osmiroid Copperplate (an interesting nib, by the way) ..........



Yes, I will do that tomorrow when my server comes back up.

I am posting below practical advice for nib flexing "needed" for copperplate.  If I would write it again, I would change the title because flexing to the max is not what copperplate is.  The advice below is how to get the tine opening you want with minimum stress on the nib. It comes from my experience as a mechanical engineer :) rather than as an expert calligrapher.


I was fishing for you to do this, Antonios, for I think your explanation and analysis of the process is excellent.

James

#4 James Pickering

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 15:54

..........   Please do also post your examplar of copperplate - I remember you posted one that you wrote with an Osmiroid Copperplate (an interesting nib, by the way) ..........


Yes, I will do that tomorrow when my server comes back up.

Was this the one you were referencing, Antonios?

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 02:59

You had a alphabet in Copperplate - but my memory may be failing me.

Anyway, it is great to observe the consistency that you are achieving. All p's are the same all l's are the same Wonderful!
Maybe one day ...

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#6 James Pickering

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 14:36

You had a alphabet in Copperplate - but my memory may be failing me.

I will have to re-scan that and some other writing, Antonios.

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 14:56

Hi Antonios,

Are there any pens being marketed today that is suitable for Copperplate Calligraphy?

BTW Mr. Pickering, that is a nice sample of Copperplate style. This one isn't very practical for casual use I presume.
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#8 James Pickering

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 15:48

.......... This one isn't very practical for casual use I presume.

No, but some practitioners of copperplate writing use it for writing letters to favored correspondents -- to their great delight.

Copperplate writing: A style of running handwriting, rendered using very flexible pointed pen nibs (often offset), that features highly stylized and flourished letterforms meant to emulate copperplate impression printing.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 04:39

QUOTE (James Pickering @ Dec 7 2004, 10:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Free Citizen @ Dec 7 2004, 07:56 AM)
.......... This one isn't very practical for casual use I presume.

No, but some practitioners of copperplate writing use it for writing letters to favored correspondents -- to their great delight.

Copperplate writing: A style of running handwriting, rendered using very flexible pointed pen nibs (often offset), that features highly stylized and flourished letterforms meant to emulate copperplate impression printing.


I was wondering if there were any styles of running handwriting that can be used for everyday use (other than like basic cursive, of course) that anybody knows of?

#10 ZeissIkon

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 16:37

QUOTE (TemurAmir @ Jun 21 2009, 12:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was wondering if there were any styles of running handwriting that can be used for everyday use (other than like basic cursive, of course) that anybody knows of?


When it was first introduced, it's my understanding Spencerian was exactly this -- a running handwriting (for flexible pens) intended for everyday use.
Does not always write loving messages.
Does not always foot up columns correctly.
Does not always sign big checks.

#11 insaecula

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 11:32

Hi,

I've recently joined the Fountain Pen Network.

Love copperplate script - it's so expressive. I use it as an everyday hand (though modified for faster writing). Here's an example of Sonnet 15, written with a Conway Stewart 'shorthand' fountain pen.

Thoughts are welcome.

Michael

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