Thursday, 29 November 2018
Book Review: The Complete Book of Calligraphy and Lettering (Non-Fiction)
Author: Ferraro, Metcalf, Newhall and Stevens
Publisher: Walter Foster (Quarto)
Publication Date: 25 September 2018
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction/Arts and Crafts
Source: ARC via NetGalley
The Complete Book of Calligraphy & Lettering provides expert instruction on the intricacies of traditional lettering techniques, as well as an introduction to contemporary hand-lettering formats.
From selecting the appropriate tools, such as pens, nibs, brushes, inks, and papers, to learning optimal hand positioning and understanding the intricacies of lettering angles, heights, spacing, and strokes, The Complete Book of Calligraphy & Lettering will help lettering enthusiasts swiftly master their craft.
Step-by-step lessons, practice templates, and a range of stunning alphabets demonstrate the breadth of artistic achievement that comes with practice and dedication. Four professional artists guide you through traditional calligraphy techniques, as well as an introduction to contemporary hand-lettering art forms, such as brush lettering and mixed media, for a well-rounded approach to the craft.
Additionally, a short section on Chinese brush lettering and several mixed media lettering projects inspire creativity and demonstrate how calligraphy and lettering can be used in wider artistic contexts and projects. Including practice templates for several featured alphabets in addition to mixed media "bonus" projects designed to inspire artistic creativity, The Complete Book of Calligraphy & Lettering will inspire lettering enthusiasts of all skill levels to strengthen their existing skills and delve into new, lesser-known variations of the trend.
The Complete Book of Calligraphy and Lettering is certainly comprehensive. As well as discussing things such as materials, design, layout and colour choices, it provides lessons and templates in a large and varied selection of different hands. There really is something here that would work for any handlettering project. For each hand there is also space within the book for you to practise. Overall, the design work on this edition is good too. The layout is crisp, clean and easy to read, with plenty of illustrations along the way. I have been wanting to get myself a book such as this, but with so many available, it's been hard to decide which to choose. Having now seen this one, though, it is definitely a strong contender for purchase in the new year. 4.5 stars