How to Write Calligraphy Lesson 2: Minuscules B Through F

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A basic minuscule "b"; ignore the block to the left of it, it's a "b" I wrote in the wrong size. Start well above the top line, with the nib angled 45 degrees down to the left. Make a trunk as shown.

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From the bottom, go right into the second part: draw a half-circle, maintaining nib angle, up to about a third to halfway up the trunk. I made mine a little exaggerated for demonstration purposes.

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Not my best work, but you get the idea. Letter "b", and it was easy!

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The letter "c is even simpler: maintaining that 45 degree angle, make a small upward tic, then make a semicircle.

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For "d", start out making the same stroke you would make to start "b", then make an upward tic at the bottom.

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Keeping the same angle as the first stroke, start the second stroke at roughly the same height as you would for "b", then make a letter "c".

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For "e", start out by making a letter "c".

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Then, starting at the tic at the top of the "c", make a slightly curved line with the thin edge of your nib traveling about 45 degrees downward until it curves up just before meeting the first stroke.

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For "f", make a tic well above the top line, then draw a cane with another tic at the bottom.

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Make the second stroke along the top line; it is simply a straight line with the nib at 45 degrees.

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Congratulations; you now know six letters in minuscule! The font I am using is called Foundational, so called because it is considered the most basic calligraphic font. Ain't it perdy?

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Tip: Keep proportion! If you make a letter one size in one place and a bigger or smaller size in another, your manuscripts will look sloppy. Practice strokes that you have difficulty repeating.

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 1 Your pen Self-lined paper (see Lesson 1 for details)
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