Sunday, April 15, 2018

Enrich Your Calligraphy, Book Review

When I had two peerage scrolls on my calendar I surveyed my C & I supplies for missing necessities. I ordered them on John Neal Bookseller's website. I'm a sucker for books so I also looked for their's on clearance. I found Enrich Your Calligraphy by Diana Hardy Wilson and decided to take a chance on it.

Hardy's book is not an introduction to calligraphy or a "how to" guide. It does not cover scripts or their ductus. It has a niche topic that 
stimulates and encourages scribes, graphic artists, and modern calligraphers to advance to their full potential. The book is filled with detailed inspiration about scribal topics including
  • developing your creative process and visual awareness
  • investigating spatial relationships
  • developing and reviewing a reference collection
I particularly like the information and encouragement on developing visual awareness. While Hardy writes for calligraphers the information on seeing details applies to illumination as well.

Enrich Your Calligraphy is an easy to read book for the calligrapher who has more developing and exploring to accomplish, which is most of us. It's a unique book for a devoted calligrapher or lover of lettering. 


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