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

How to Do Ruling Pen Calligraphy

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What is Ruling Pen Calligraphy? Ruling pen calligraphy in the scheme of things is a very new kind of calligraphy. So new in fact, that it doesn’t really have a standardized alphabet, but is often a brush calligraphy-like script characterized by it’s rough spraying and splattered strokes. While most calligraphy is centuries old, ruling pen … Read more

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