Calligraphy is a special artform. International organizations exist to promote
calligraphic skills. Calligraphy is having a resurgence in popularity. Even
with poor handwriting skills, you can develop a serviceable calligraphic hand
that will prove valuable in your career as an Illustrator Draftsman.
Calligraphy is the art of beautiful hand lettering. Although letter styles have
geometric standards, an individuals personal taste, style, and creativity alter
static letter forms to impart life and vitality into letters. For further study of
calligraphy, study the work of world renown calligraphers such as Sister
Jeannine Klemm, OP, Margaret Shephard, and Scott Kim.
In addition to referring to capital letters as uppercase, UC, or caps,
calligraphic capitals are called majuscule letters. Majuscule letters decorated
more ornately than letters in the body of text are called illuminated letters.
Lower case or LC letters are called minuscule letters.
Figure 5-58 is an example of an illuminated letter.
Figure 5-58.An illuminated letter.
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