Hey everyone! This is the page I will be posting all my free calligraphy tutorial videos for beginners with practice sheets. I hope this will be the place that people can learn calligraphy who have never touched a calligraphy pen. I also have step by step written tutorial for beginners here.
Pencil Calligraphy Videos:
So if you are new to calligraphy and don’t have the tools, this is the video for you. It allows you to simulate calligraphy by using a style of bubble letters called “Faux Calligraphy.” Once you get the hang of the alphabet you can maybe move into getting a brush pen that will be more consistent.
This video is a great start to learning blackletter calligraphy (more videos on that below). This is for beginners that don’t have the calligraphy tools yet but are eager to learn.
Blackletter Calligraphy Videos:
How to Learn Calligraphy Online for Free: Simple Gothic
This was the first calligraphy tutorial video I recorded and it covers a little Gothic alphabet I created. It is called “Simple Gothic” and covers all the basics of blackletter calligraphy, but removes all complicated strokes that can be learned later. This video is for learning what makes up a letter and the proper names of letter structure. After a couple very quick tips on holding the pen and basic strokes I jump right into the Gothic minuscules alphabet (which means lowercase). The tutorial is not in alphabetical order but rather have been grouped into 5 categories and then ordered from simplest to more complicated
1. “Plain” Beginner Letters (2 strokes or less) – i, r, c, e
2. “Plain” Letters Multi Stroke (More than 2 strokes) – o, a, u, n, m, v, w
3. Descenders (Letters that descend or go below the bottom line) – j, y, g, p, q
4. Ascenders (Letters that ascend or rise above the top line) – l, t, f, g, b, d
5. Intermediate letters (Generally do not follow normal rules of alphabets) – x, z, s, k
I offer a FREE practice sheet (PDF) in the description that you can print off on good paper to follow along with me. I write each letter twice, once with a trace and the other free hand within the guidelines of the sheet. I cover each of the letter groups in this video, with some commentary on the letters that take a little extra care. This is a good beginner calligraphy video as it teaches all the basics that any new blackletter writer will need to know.
How to Learn Calligraphy Online for Free: Gothic Capitals.
This is the second beginner calligraphy video I released and it is the most requested but the least used in the world of calligraphy. It covers the Gothic Majuscules (capital letters) that are a lot more involved then the the minuscules. There are a lot of large curves, thin hairlines and long straight lines that the first video had that may frustrate new calligraphers. I would definitely start with the first video if I was just learning, then move on to this one. It is a logical progression, that will ease a beginner into harder techniques, though I plan on putting a video in between the first one and this one. Large curves in the capital C, G, O and Q will take some practice and will be hard to keep consistent. It is generally fine though, as you are only writing one capital letter for every 30 lowercase letters. Hairlines are very easy and they are iconic in the blackletter world for the lovely consistent contrast they add. To do them you change the angle of your pen or nib from 45 degrees to 90 degrees, to where it is thinnest. Then slide with the thinnest edge to create lovely hairlines. It is better to go faster than slower as it is harder to keep a straight line going slowly. This video is much longer than the first as the letters are much more complicated. This video also comes with a FREE practice sheet (PDF) that you can download to your computer and print out on your good paper.
Pointed Pen Calligraphy Videos:
Finally the long requested modern calligraphy video, (about time eh?) with free practice sheets. If you have the tools ready you can definitely get your practice on with this video. If I go a little too fast, I am sorry but the video is like 20 minutes! I plan on having a full video course coming in the near future to go really slow through all the basics to make sure you are ready to tackle something like this.