Left-Handed Calligraphy

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Dover Publications, 1991 - Art - 64 pages
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The art of beautiful handwriting is no more difficult to master for the left-handed than for the right-handed student. But the left-handed writer requires a special orientation which most guidebooks on the subject do not provide. This excellent study remedies that situation handsomely. Generously illustrated, it offers full, intensive coverage of the art of calligraphy from the left-handed writer's point of view.
Vance Studley, an award-winning calligrapher and well-known arts educator and author, shows left-handers how to select appropirate tools and materials, learn correct hand, pen and nib positions, master compositon and page layout, and much more. Four model alphabets are introduced—Italic Hand, Chancery Cursive, Uncial Hand, and the Foundation Hand—each providing valuable lessons in the mastery of left-handed calligraphy. With each lesson, students will move forward confidently to new levels of skill in this time-honored art. Unabridged Dover (1991) republication of the edition originally published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, 1979.

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As a (right-handed) calligraphy tutor, I would disagree with a previous reviewer that this book is a waste of money. Contrary to the reviewer's comments, there is no such thing as a dedicated "left-handed script style," just as there are no dedicated right-handed script styles. That's why he couldn't find any such scripts in this book. ALL calligraphic alphabets can be learned by both right and left handers. It's just a bit more difficult for a left-hander to achieve success. I would suggest that a left-hander should go to a calligraphy class to learn the craft. Failing that, a book such as "Left-handed Calligraphy" will explain essential information such as how a left-hander should write with an oblique nib, and with their paper sloping. I own a copy of this book, and my left-handed students find it very useful. When learning calligraphy there is no substitute for formal tuition, but a book like this one can certainly help left-handers to achieve success. It just takes determination, patience and a lot of practice. I know from personal experience that this book is useful to left-handers, and is certainly not a waste of money. 

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