Calligraphy History & Styles : Calligraphy in Rustic Capitals

Calligraphy History & Styles : Calligraphy in Rustic Capitals


This alphabet is tall and thin. It was a way,
creating letters in this shape was a way of saving space. Because of the thinness in through
here, a lot of times they would leave out the cross bar on the A, but you can almost
see it beginning to be implied right down in here. And I would like you to notice how
it is that I’ve connected that second of the B, because what’s going to happen is that
after a while this is going to get sort of relaxed until a point where we end up with
a lower case b or a minuscule b with only the bottom bowl. So what you’re seeing here
is part of the evolution from capitals to a combination of capitals and small letters.
What you should think about the Roman capitals, you know them by now, right? I’m stopping here, just like with the B. Here’s
the first stroke. Now it’s going to be a little bit weighted on the bottom. Here’s our minim stroke and it’s going to
come over a bit. Very high-wasted. The F comes up above the line a little bit, maybe just
to make sure that everybody knows that it’s an F and not an E. And then there’s a little,
little bit of a flourish that happens there and then high-wasted. These letters are beautifully
designed. They’re designed for the brush, or they were anyway at least when they were
on painted on walls. And they work so smoothly and quickly.

4 thoughts on “Calligraphy History & Styles : Calligraphy in Rustic Capitals

  1. I just discovered Rustic Capitals and I love them. While I am using a dip pen and not a brush, just seeing the letters formed really helps me to improve my own form. The little bit of background provided is also great, it really helps me to understand these letters and why they look the way that they do.

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