Friday, April 12, 2013

85: Swash capitals

These Swash Capitals are written with a relatively wide pen, adding heft to their strokes and forcing them to stay simple.  Eliminating the vertical backbone of B, for instance, helps focus attention on the graceful curve at the left.  Note the precise corner joins in K and M, in contrast to the open air in R and D.  

These capitals come from Capitals for Calligraphy, now available from used-book dealers, which I wrote during a period when my letters were mostly heavier than they are now.  Not sure why.  

Like many decorated capitals, these do not combine well to spell out whole words.    

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