QUOTE(jbb @ Mar 25 2008, 11:11 PM)
That's so cool! These are going to be lots of fun.
You're inspiring me.
I would be very interested to see what you can come up with, Cadels are unique so there is a lot of room for artistic licence.
I have been doing some research on Cadels and this is what I have come up with. The images below all show the majuscule letter 'B'. I am not sure of all their time periods, I know that image 1 is from around the late 15th century and that image 6 is from 1693, as for the others I can only guess time period; an educated guess would be that 2&3 are quite a bit earlier than 4&5.
Image 1 was done with a broad pen, it seems that the earliest Cadels are rather simple and often eccentric.
Image 2 was also done with a broad pen and is what is known as a 'true' Cadel. A true Cadel is one which you can trace the line around and it never stops, in other words the letter could have theoretically been done without ever lifting the pen, though that is not likely at all. 'True' Cadels are the hardest to do convincingly.
image 3 is broad pen with pointed pen illustration, I am not sure whether it is a 'true' Cadel, it may be a 'false' Cadel pretending to be a true Cadel.
Image 4 appears to be broad pen with pointed pen flourishing, it is all joined together but I do not think it is what you would call a 'true' Cadel as such. It is theoretically possible that it was done exclusively with a pointed pen but I don't think so.
Image 5 is similar to image 4, I would guess it is broad and pointed pen also.
Image 6 could theoretically be exclusively pointed pen, the flourishing obviously is; the actual letter (which is a Fraktur 'B') is probably broad pen but as I said you cannot be 100% certain. The main body of it and most of the flourishing seems to be a 'true' Cadel.
I may be wrong but it seems to me that any elaborately flourished capital, that is not based on a 'Copperplate' letter-form, rather it is based on broad pen script, is a Cadel. The term 'Cadel' however was originally placed on exclusively broad pen letters and flourishing like images 1,2&3. However it can now, as I said, be applied to letters such as 4,5&6. From what I can gather, the letter-forms on which Cadels are made are usually Gothic scripts e.g. Fraktur, I do not see why they should be restricted to that though; often they seem to be made-up letter forms too.