Tuesday, November 5, 2013

262 Original Medieval caps

I've left the J and V and W blank for your own versions.  

I recently traced these Original Medieval letters from a page that provided models for an illuminator to dramatize a paragraph once a scribe had lettered the text.  These letters are much more individual than modern versions, which tend to try to look like a font with uniform letter bodies and line endings.  Sometimes tracing is the only thing that will keep you from needlessly improving and updating an alphabet--not necessarily a bad thing but it's hard to stop doing.  
Source of initials.  

Tracing calligraphy is like historical re-enactment; you learn to do what the person of the period did, without trying to impose your own interpretation onto it. 

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