Calligraphy in 24 One Hour Lessons || Veiko Kespersaks

I think the first impression you get of this is from the title, which evokes (from me, at any rate) the comment, “Well, that sounds like a good idea”. Like everything else that promises to teach you a subject in a day, a week, or whatever, it’s almost certainly a tall order, if only because it doesn’t allow for all the practice you have to do in between. Nevertheless, something that breaks a subject up into bite-size chunks is always going to encourage those who like the idea but are put off by what they perceive as the size of the task, and that can’t be a bad thing.

Once inside, the book turns out to be a fairly conventional calligraphy manual. There’s the usual introduction to pens, paper, basic letterforms and script families. The 24 lessons are then divided between different hands, with minuscules and majuscules and exercises on letter and word spacing, composition and design, with a brief look at illumination. The book concludes with a series of projects that will give you ideas on what you can use calligraphy for, as well as put what you’ve previously learnt into practice.

It’s all nicely done and well illustrated. Yes, it’s not ground-breaking, but that’s not really what you want. The layout of calligraphy manuals was settled a long time ago and the author has the good sense not to mess with a tried and tested formula. At £12.99, it’s good value for something this thorough.

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