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Because it is elegant and legible, italic is most appropriate for writing out longer calligraphic texts such as sonnets, passages of prose, wedding invitations etc.
Italic calligraphy is a little more decorative than roundhand, but maintains a very regular appearance. This is partly to do with the letter-forms themselves and partly about factors such as spacing and proportions. So, anytime you want people to be able to read easily what you have written, and at the same time for them to notice that the writing is beautiful and a little formal, consider using italics.
Italic lettering step-by-step If you haven't already seen it, you might be interested in the 'italic calligraphy' page, which gives some general practical tips on how to write the script. This page now goes into the nitty-gritty of exactly how you form italic lettering.
There are several basic movements which you will use again and again for similarly shaped letters. Learn these and not only will your italics improve, your everyday handwriting may well benefit too.
So, have you got your calligraphy pen and practice paper ready? Five nibwidths measured and ruled? You may already have seen the illustration of an italic letter 'a' on the 'Italic Calligraphy' page.
You'll see it again further down this page. However, we're not going to begin with 'a'. Instead, we're going to get straight into the fundamental structure of an italic alphabet: Notice that your downstrokes should all be parallel.
For different letters, they begin and end in different places above, on or below the baseline. But each time the stroke is slightly slanted off the vertical, and is also parallel with every other downstroke. The downstrokes above are not very slanted.
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They could be more so. Note here too that there are different acceptable ways to start and end a downstroke.
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Sometimes they begin with a little 'tick' from the left, sometimes with a thin slant from the right. The main thing is to use a tiny motion of the nib one way or the other to get the ink flow cleanly started for a well-formed letter.
Don't mix methods within the same passage of italic calligraphy! Of course it is just 'i' and 'l' that are formed of only a downstroke. Other letters need a horizontal line or cross-stroke to complete them, so practise drawing smooth horizontals too: Don't worry about 'g' and 'b' for the moment.
They come up later on with their complicatd curves. I just wanted to show you that horizontals are important for several letters.
The italic forms to practise right now include just 't', 'j' and 'f'. Notice that the 'tails' on descenders, for 'j', 'f', etc, are formed by joining a cross-stroke to a downstroke with a slight curve into a thin line.
Although the strokes are almost at right angles to each other, they do not join by forming a sharp corner. Once you can draw a short downstroke and a horizontal, it's time to combine them in a different way again by using a branching stroke. This 'branch' is a key element in italic lettering.
Here it is in its simplest form to write an italic letter 'r': Notice how the same branching stroke forms the 'r' when stopped high, but if carried on down forms an 'n'.
Equally, a slightly narrow italic letter 'n' without a final flick is the first half of an italic 'm'. See how in the final 'm' there are two 'n's joined together?
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