DVD39. Copperplate with Ron Tate DVD Copperplate with Ron Tate. 2009. 1 hour, 45 minutes.
This step-by-step instructional DVD presents the history, tools, and techniques for this beautiful hand. Calligraphers call it Copperpate or English Roundhand. It is similar to the Engrosser's Script written by penmen. You learn Copperplate calligraphy with the help of professional calligrapher, Ron Tate.
The 21 chapters include: Correct posture and desk positioning, Writing angles and letter sizes, Step-by step instruction for all lowercase and capital letterforms, Numbers, Connecting letters, Oblique pen holders and pen points, Ink samples, List of online resources, Old handwriting styles, Old penmanship books,
Plus an exciting extra 30-minute feature on how to develop your own beautiful style of penmanship.
This DVD is formatted for North America. For those outside the USA & Canada, it will work with the DVD drive on your computer, but may not work on your TV's DVD player.
B2170. Penmanship Made Easy / Bickham B2710. George Bickham's Penmanship Made Easy.
(1773) 1997. 64pp. 5.25"x8". Paper.
Aimed at "Young Practitioners," it begins with a series of hints on forming letters, holding the pen, arm & wrist position, proper posture, etc; followed by a wealth of calligraphic specimens (alphabets, maxims, didactic verses and other words of advice). Republication of Young Clerks Assistant, as published by Richard Ware, London.
B3116. Technique of Copperplate Calligraphy / Turner The Technique of Copperplate Calligraphy by Gordon Turner. 1987. 42pp. 8.25x11". Paper.
This instruction book is good for self-learners or use with an instructor as a supplemental book. The author covers the basic strokes for lowercase, the most used stroke for capitals. Up to six alternate forms are given for capitals. Drawing guidelines and making an oblique pen are included. (For more thorough instruction purchase B1109. Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy by Eleanor Winters.)
The text of this book is all written in the hand being taught. This makes for a beautiful book and you get to see how the hand is to look in use.
B255. Universal Penman / Bickham B255 The Universal Penman by George Bickham. (1741) 1954. 212pp. 9"x13.75". Paper.
212 pages done by a number of English master penmen of the 1700s, all engraved by Bickham. Shows a variety of Copperplate hands in a variety of sizes. Much non-pictorial flourishing. This is not an instructional manual, but for the study of letterforms this is the best historical source book.
B3064. Script Lettering For Artists / Thompson B3064. Script Lettering For Artists by Tommy Thompson. 2012. 128pp. 6.14" x 9.21". Paper
The book gives the beginner a thorough, straightforward course of instruction, with advice on virtually every facet of the art of script lettering. In his clear and economical presentation, the author tells you how to hold the pen, how the letters should be slanted, how to "build" the letters out of a few primary strokes, the direction of the pen in inking, and every other step of the process. He also deals with the construction of numerals, the flourish and its basic elements, how to correct mistakes, commercial handwriting, etc and gives a concise introduction to layout and package design. Throughout his account, Thompson stresses materials, tools, and equipment needed and provides exact specifications, brand names, penpoint types and sizes, and the like.
The history of lettering is also briefly sketched, and there are examples from early copybooks, including the work of some of the famous penmen and engravers of history: Bickham, Tompkins, Cocker, Barbedor, and others. In addition, the book offers dozens of illustrations of script work in present-day advertising and packaging, together with samples of various styles (round hand, bâtarde, coulée, free style, and more). All this illustrative material furnishes excellent models for study and practice.
B4054. Copperplate Calligraphy / Jackson B4054. Copperplate Calligraphy by Dick Jackson. (1979) 2015. 8.5"x11". 96pp. Paper
Long out of print, this guide to Copperplate Calligraphy is considered one of the best books devoted to Copperplate. Contains very detailed and rigid instructions. Covers the basic strokes of Copperplate, followed by letter-by-letter instruction (numbers too!). Guide sheets are provided. A historical introduction traces the growth of Copperplate from its roots in the French ronde of the seventeenth century to its adaptation by English clerks into their copybooks, and the development of the style known as English Round Hand.
B4161. All That Glisters / CLAS All that Glisters. 2012. 100pp. 7.5"x7.5". Paper
This beautiful catalog of CLAS’s Living Letters IV exhibition features a juried selection of 96 works from nearly 60 scribes, including multiple works from Paul Eccles, Gaynor Goffe, Marlene Gray, David Harris, Dee Howley Gibbs, Lin Kerr, Susie Leiper, Linda Lewis, Patricia Lovett, Marion McKenzie, Janet Mehigan, Margaret Morgan, Timothy Noad, Mary Noble, Nancy Ouchida-Howells,Tom Perkins, Jan Pickett, Katharina Pieper, Alan Quincey, Jan Sambell, Cathy Staples, and Jan Turner. The works follow the title theme using gold leaf and color and/or text that refers to gold, the sun, light, and the like. There are both traditional and contemporary pieces and done with pens, brushes, and chisels.