Learn Calligraphy Roadmap – Styles, Tools and Their Difficulties


Lettering & HandwritingPointed PenBrushRuling PenBlackletterProper HandwritingFormal HandwritingSerif Lettering3D LetteringCursive HandwritingFaux CalligraphyCongrats (Modern #1)Salutations (Modern #2)Pointed Pen UncialCasual BrushRuling PenBrush CopperplateFuegoSpencerianCopperplateSimple GothicUncialNeulandSilkRotundaItalicsHandstyleBatardeRomanTexturaFrakturTattoo

Above is a diagram to define a path to learn calligraphy for anyone, regardless of current skill level and styles learned. I hope that this diagram can demonstrate what styles are out there, what tools you need for them, and if you’ve learned some styles, where to develop next.

Learn Calligraphy Links

As of now it only works really on desktop, but if you are on mobile scroll and you can still access all links below:

Lettering and Handwriting – (Orange)

A great place to start if you are looking for easy to learn scripts you can learn and use on a daily basis. You don’t need any fancy tools, just a pencil or a pen to get started.

In-Depth Calligraphy Practice Sheets:

Learn Handwriting (Proper, Formal & Cursive)
Learn Serif Lettering and Faux Calligraphy
Learn 3D Hand Lettering

Blogposts:

Handwriting Blogpost
Hand Lettering Blogpost

Pointed Pen Calligraphy – (Blue)

A more refined and classic skill with a high skill ceiling, the ancient art of quill pens and fountain pens are now at your fingertips to learn.

In-Depth Calligraphy Practice Sheets:

Learn Modern Calligraphy
Learn Spencerian Calligraphy
Learn Copperplate Calligraphy
Learn Pointed Pen Bundle

Blogposts:

Modern Calligraphy Blogpost
Spencerian Blogpost
Copperplate Blogpost
Pointed Pen Uncial Blogpost (In Progress)

Brush Calligraphy – (Purple)

Writes the same styles as the pointed pen but brush calligraphy has a thicker stroke and cheaper and more forgiving tools.

In-Depth Calligraphy Practice Sheets:

Learn Modern Brush Calligraphy
Learn Casual Brush Calligraphy
Learn Copperplate Brush Calligraphy
Learn Fuego Brush Calligraphy

Blogposts:

Brush Calligraphy Blogpost

Ruling Pen Calligraphy – (Green)

A rough and hardcore script that is characterized by its straight edges and splashy style.

In-Depth Calligraphy Practice Sheets:

Learn Ruling Pen Calligraphy

Blogposts:

Ruling Pen Calligraphy Blogpost

Blackletter Calligraphy – (Red)

My personal favourite, this bold set of scripts is easy to start learning but difficult to master.

In-Depth Calligraphy Practice Sheets:

Learn Simple Gothic (Full Blogpost with practice sheets)
Learn Silk Calligraphy
Learn Uncial Calligraphy
Learn Neuland Calligraphy
Learn Rotunda Calligraphy
Learn Italics Calligraphy
Learn Batarde Calligraphy
Learn Textura Calligraphy
Learn Fraktur Calligraphy
Learn Blackletter Calligraphy Bundle (8 Classic)
Learn Calligraffiti Bundle (3 Modern)

Blogposts:

Blackletter Calligraphy Blogpost
Calligraffiti Blogpost

Breaking Down: Blackletter Calligraphy Styles

Blackletter calligraphy, also known as Gothic script, is a distinctive and historically significant style of calligraphy that is created using broad edge pens. It’s characterized by its dense, angular, and highly ornamental letterforms. In this post, I will show the different kinds of blackletter that are out there to learn, and point you to ways … Read more

How to Learn Calligraffiti – Two Ways to Learn

Calligraffiti Example

Learning calligraffiti holds a special place in my heart, as I first became aware of calligraphy through graffiti and street art. I was always drawn to the hard to read glyphs and symbols. To properly do calligraffiti it would be really beneficial to be proficient with blackletter calligraphy and understand how each letter is made. … Read more

Learning Blackletter Calligraphy (Gothic) for Beginners

Gothic calligraphy letters r s and t

Getting Started With Any New Hobby/Skill First things first, I feel like there are imaginary barriers to starting new hobbies. Whether it be learning the guitar, going to the gym or blackletter calligraphy, these barriers stop some people from ever even starting. I think it’s 2 things, a fear of sucking and an absence of … Read more

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