Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Calligraphy Every Day: #19 Mono Italic

We've seen how Italic is still Italic even when it doesn't slant.  Mono Italic, today's alphabet, reminds us that Italic doesn't necessarily have to be written with a broad-edged pen, either.  This purist's italic reduces all that thick and thin to an unvarying monoline about 1/8 as wide as the letter's height.  It's beautiful in its simplicity, and you can write it with anything--pencil, ballpoint, laser pointer, cake icing.  The illustration here was done with a classic Speedball B 5 pen point.  

Pay attention to the shape of the letter body by practicing in letter groups: a, c, d, e, g, q, u, y, and b, h, k, m, n, p. 

If you have trouble visualizing the organic curve of the rounded triangular letter body, there is a detailed lesson and suggested model in Learn Calligraphy, page 127 [for today, ignore thicks and thins, just think about spines and chins].   
 I love Mono Italic.  It's a calligraphic palate-cleanser


  1. This the most simply elegant way of handwritng, with flourishes and is understandable to anyone.

  2. Margaret

    Here is another database that is compatible with Mono: