Calligraphy Punctuation & Spacing : Calligraphy Letter Spacing Tips

Calligraphy Punctuation & Spacing : Calligraphy Letter Spacing Tips


Now we’re going to look at the space that
occurs between letters; and I’m sorry to say, I don’t have a formula for you for how they
fit together, because letters are all different shapes. So, I think it’s good to practice
words, and to look at the way letters fit together in words. For example, if I have
a word that has two “O’s”, I’m probably going to put them a little closer, and I’ll make
a word that has two “L’s”, of course I’m skipping the whole rest of the word. If we analyze
the space that’s in between these two letters, we’re going to say, “well my goodness, that
space is extremely thin”, and we’ll look at the space between the “L’s” and say, “well
at least double that space.” Because the letters themselves in-compass some space, so we’ve
got some extra space occurring here, and here, which we don’t have on the “L’s”, we’re going
to open up the space between “L’s”, and close up the space between “O’s”. And as we look
at some other possibilities of combinations, for example, when I have the letter “R”; the
letter “R” builds its own space, so I leave very little space, if I’m writing the letter
run, (why don’t I write run and show you) so that the space here is quite narrow, and
the space here is wider. So we really make our letter spacing based on the shapes of
the letters that we’re combining. And that’s going to help us to make an even pattern of
writing across the page. So again, I think it’s helpful to practice a word that you think
you might have trouble spacing a couple of times.

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