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Learn how to draw the capital calligraphy letters - A through D in this video from the art of Calligraphy series.
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Hi, I’m Juliane Wasserman, and my studio is Wasserman Design, and this is the majuscule version of the chancery cursive script. Majuscules are the capital letters and we’re going to begin from the beginning. We have ruled our lines on our paper. We have our scrap sheet to test our ink, so the ink… so that we have the right amount. And we’ll begin with the letter A. And the reason I ruled that line, that extra line from… that differs from the small letter lines, is so that I will know how large to make my capital A. So I make it only as tall as the 7 and a half pen widths rather than two whole sections of pen widths which would be 10 pen widths high. This is our pen and each width of this side by side is a pen width. So for the letter A, I’m holding my pen at a 45 degree angle, I’m going down to the left and just before I get to the end, I start lifting my pen. So I, it seems to taper off to a point, okay. Now, that’s a little thicker as a first line that I would like to have. So I’ll make it again… 45 degree angle, there. Now that’s much thinner, okay. Now I’m coming… I stopped before I got to the line, so I’m going to put a little foot on the letter. Just a little one, I go back to the top of my first stroke and now I’m going to go down the right side, and put a hook on the second stroke. And then a cross bar, just like the F or the T. And if I like, because this looks now a little fancy with the cross bar coming out of the letter and the hook and this foot, that I’m going to put a little flag, make it more decorative from top to bottom, not just at the bottom. So that’s a capital letter A, and I’ll make that one more time, in a different way. And this time I’ll put… and I’ll just leave that. The letter B is very simple… 45 degree angle and I stopped, but I’m going to… there’s a lot of ways to make these capital letters. Unlike the small letters, which have variations also, but there’s infinite number of variations that you can choose to do that… fits your liking. And fits maybe the personality of the… of the words that you’ll be writing. So the small circle… half circle… and then the large letter… the large… notice that the… the bowl at the top is a smaller bowl than the one at the bottom. That’s because just like the… the bottom line of a dress or of something else, the anchor, the weight is at the bottom for gravity. So it’s a balancing mark that have the smaller bowl be larger, okay. Now, another way to make the B is to make that same kind of curve but less of an angle than we did for the letter A. And I can put little foot like I did for the letter A. And then I can go little further… little further to the left… here I was there to make my stroke. But now I’m going way over here, and it’s like I’m gonna fly again… so fly… this… and then the second one. Stop when it gets narrow, and then lift… lifting my pen for the last stroke… there. Now this looks so thin for such a distance, that’s because I’m going to go back in and make a little flag this way. It’s a little more curly… you know, make this letter one more time… there. And the letter C is just like the small C only it’s bigger. And it’s beautiful in its simplicity. It’s got good lines and the space that flows from the inside is very nice when other letters are added to it. Now the letter D… down, so it began with the hairline then I ended with a hairline, and I will go and add this anchor, like the anchor for the letter B, just help make… coz I’m going to now go to the top and make a leap. I’m gonna fly out, way out to the right and then I want to meet with this hairline over at the bottom. The capital letter D is my favorite letter, and it’s always a challenge to make because this bowl is so large. Now you understand why the capital letters need only be 7 and a half pen widths wide rather than the 10. If this was a D and a small D, you can see the small D goes all the way up 10 pen widths. But still the small D looks small compared to the capital D. So, because the capital letters are so much wider they don’t need to be as tall. So there’s other ways of making the capital D… and you could leave it like that or you can put a little… a little… little bulb… bulbous end… so another D. Now another D I can actually go much higher… okay, so what I did was I… I started out at the height of the small letter D, but I’m still making that bowl at the 7 height. So sometimes is a more graceful way to make the letter. It adds a flourish. And that’s how we do the letters A through D, and now we’re going to learn next the letters E through J.