Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Calligraphy Every Day 3: Fat Caps

Although Fat Caps are the simplest possible letters--unvarying line, basic Roman form, heavy serifs--they just radiate personality.  Use them for catching attention and adding emphasis, or for building a design in a completely different medium such as stencils or cookies or cake decorating.  Just keep them at their ideal body weight; no heavier and not much lighter. 
And of course, this alphabet contrasts dramatically with slanted, intricate, or lightweight calligraphic scripts.  We will explore many of those as the year goes by.

To maintain visual drama, keep the line heavy in relation to the letter height.  Leave plenty of room in your rough draft to accommodate the serifs, which extend at least one pen width to each side of the stroke. 

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