« 50Pcs/Pack 10 Size Assorted Sharpened Sharp Fishing Fish Hook Tackle Lure Bait Set Kit Athearn – HO RTR 50′ Gondola, D&RGW #56328 » 3 thoughts on “Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design” 223 of 228 people found the following review helpful Excellent book for learning, June 9, 2003 By Gary Bisaga “Christian Father and Husband” (Leesburg, VA USA) – This review is from: Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design (Paperback) I am learning calligraphy and have looked at a number of books on the subject. This book is almost perfect. She gives you so much more than alphabets: key exercises to do before you start the alphabets, typical beginner’s problems (most of which I have experienced!), practice pages you can reproduce. Her sections on swashes and “accessorizing” Gothic capitals are also wonderful – what had always seemed highly mysterious to me turns out to be a matter of combining building blocks, creativity, and – who would have thought – a lot of fun. One thing she does not do is to cover every hand imaginable. There are lots of books like that out there. Rather, she only covers a small number of hands, but covers them very thoroughly, with a special eye to us novices. For example, once I got the basic hands down, I found one of my main problems was spacing the letters. Nothing looks worse than inconsistent horizontal spacing. She gives good coverage to this important issue, for example suggesting that you step back and look at it from a distance. Try it – if you’re a novice, you’ll be surprised at how different (and maybe bad) it looks. I also very much enjoy the samples of projects that she shows as examples of how to apply each hand. In this she highlights the talents of (I assume) her friends, and it adds to the book. Looking at alphabet after alphabet as is done in typical calligraphy books, you don’t get a good feel for how you’d use each one, and variations you can apply. Her other book “Calligraphy Projects for Pleasure and Profit” (which I also have) gives you lots more along these lines, but the ones in this book are different and I find them just as valuable. I even like the way she letters the whole book in her (what she admits is slightly idiosyncratic) italic hand. You want examples – there’s a whole book-length example. I don’t agree with the other reviewer that this detracts from the book. It’s as if she does it because it’s fun – an important thing to remember when you’re doing the drudgery of straight lines or circles. The only tiny drawback, if it is one, is that the book doesn’t contain a lot that is good to know about techniques of setting up a drawing table, selling, etc. For that (as well as an excellent chapter on type design by Hermann Zapf himself), the book “Calligraphy and Illumination” provides more than you ever wanted to know. I don’t think that book replaces this one, however. I find Margaret’s explanations well worth the small amount this book costs, and she is much more complete. She’ll even autograph it for you (see her web site for details). This is a wonderful book that every calligraphy student should have. If you can only have one, this is it. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 115 of 118 people found the following review helpful A classic…, November 28, 2001 By Janice Campbell “Taking time for things that … (VA United States) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design (Paperback) This is the book I use as a text for beginning calligraphy students at the local community college. All the text is handlettered and there are many examples of how to use calligraphy in everyday life. I’ve used Margaret Shepherd’s books since the ’70’s, and this is the best one she’s done for beginning to intermediate students. It is both instructive and inspiring. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 56 of 59 people found the following review helpful A good starting point, May 19, 2002 By Carlos J. Torres (Trujillo Alto, PR USA) – This review is from: Learn Calligraphy: The Complete Book of Lettering and Design (Paperback) After many years, I restarted calligraphy again with this book. It is straight forward and easy to use. If you are thinking of learning calligraphy on your own, this is one of the books to have. It gives you practical guidance, not just alphabets. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.