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Calligraphy Tutorial, Textura Quadrata V2 Ductus and Exemplar



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This is a complete, annotated ductus for a late 14th/early 15th century form or Textura Quadrata.

Included in the 10 pages are step-by-step construction of all uppercase and lower case letter forms, warm up exercises, and a small exemplar.

Each letter is broken down into its component parts and reassembled.

Details on the letters' construction follow each letter noting which individual strokes can be altered or omitted. Some of the alterations mentioned are then illustrated.

To use, I recommend either placing the page to be studied onto a smooth surface and covering with quality tracing paper, or onto a light table and covering with a sheet of quality copy paper (I really like HP Premium 32). Once positioned, begin by tracing the strokes, then the letters. When confident with their construction, a blank grid sheet is provided (or additional space on the page next to each letter) to form your own letters without tracing.

All of the calligraphy in this piece was created using 2.4 to 2.5mm pens. I recommend the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens Calligraphy to begin. Once comfortable with these, I recommend the Pilot Parallel Pens (available in 1.5, 2.4, 3.8, and 6mm sizes). I also used a Sheaffer Calligraphy fountain pen, a GC Quill Calligraphy fountain pen, and a Speedball dip pen with a C-2 nib (slightly smaller than the 2.4mm mentioned above). The notes were all handwritten with a WingSung 3008 fountain pen... mistakes and all :-).

Your purchase includes download of the 10 page ductus and exemplar, and a separate download of a grid sheet. The primary file is 5.2MB, the grid is a mere 3KB.

If you find this piece too challenging to start with, I've also created a simplified Textura Quadrata ductus here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/736398726/learn-calligraphy-textura-quadrata

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