Left-Handed Calligraphy by Vance StudleyThe art of beautiful handwriting is no more difficult to master for the left-handed than for the right-handed student. But the left-handed writer requires a special orientation which most guidebooks on the subject do not provide. This excellent study remedies that situation handsomely. Generously illustrated, it offers full, intensive coverage of the art of calligraphy from the left-handed writers point of view.
Vance Studley, an award-winning calligrapher and well-known arts educator and author, shows left-handers how to select appropriate tools and materials, learn correct hand, pen and nib positions, master composition and page layout, and much more. Four model alphabets are introduced — Italic Hand, Chancery Cursive, Uncial Hand, and the Foundation Hand — each providing valuable lessons in the mastery of left-handed calligraphy. With each lesson, students will move forward confidently to new levels of skill in this time-honored art.
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Left-handed calligraphy: a few thoughts
There is nothing to stop a left-hander doing great left-handed calligraphy. Admittedly, I am saying that as a right-hander. And most calligraphers are right-handed, simply and only because most people are right-handed. Left-handers are a rarer breed Just remember that many great calligraphers are left-handed.
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I have loved playing with different hand-written fonts ever since I was very young. I was fascinated with the precision and execution of handwriting. At one point, my great-aunt purchased me a calligraphy kit for Italic hand which uses a broad-edge nib. I immediately tried the kit when I received it; to my dismay, all I could manage were a few chicken scratches of ink. Photo by Rosalynne Love. Little did I know that broad-edge nibs are made for right-handed writers by default.
Alma Hoffmann is an editor at Smashing Magazine , design educator, and a freelance designer. You can find her on Twitter almahoffmann and on her blog … More about Alma Hoffmann …. Earlier issues. Thus, there is growing interest among designers and non-designers to learn. However, the majority of the resources and lessons available are for right-handed people. And when one finds a resource to get started with brush lettering for left-handed people, it might not be as comprehensive.