THIS should be a DD, my friend. this is spectacular, truly stunning calligraphy. the page layout is tasteful, the words themselves are spaced beautifully, the letters are all lovely and uniform. I am partial to all the gothic and "slightly post-gothic" scripts, and you pulled off the fraktur the best i've ever seen. the cadel is thoughtful and balanced and perfectly executed. the hairlines in this feel confident and smooth, as well.
overall, this is a drop-dead gorgeous piece of calligraphy, and i tip my hat to you, sir
Really nice work! I would've used tabular figures (if you think of it as a typeface rather than calligraphy) for the price list though so that both the numbers and the Euro symbols would line up. Isn't the proper way to put the Euro symbol in front of the price though?
Is the hyphen you drew historical? It looks like a tilde to me. Most of the blackletters I've seen feature a hyphen which looks like a double slightly diagonal line. To be honest I never liked the double line but the fact that your hyphen looks like a tilde bothers me too.
I really like the decorations in the capital 'E' though the basic structure of the letter seems weak compared to the rest of the text. I'm also not quite sure if this Renaissance style letter fits with the general appearance of the rest of the text as well as the illustrations.
Also, your writing is no strict Fraktur but borders between Fraktur and Schwabacher with some elements which can be seen in Roman, Rotunda and Bastarda. I believe the text in the banner is a Fraktur though.
I notice the decorations of the text are thinner than the main strokes. Do you use two different nibs to draw a complete letter? For example, when I would draw the lowercase 's' the "swash" at the top right arching to the left will have about the same stroke weight as the spine of the letter, but in your 's' this swash seems to be about half the weight of the stem. I think it gives the letters both more variation and elegance.
Waou ! This is a constructive comment ! Thanks a lot.
First of all, it's just a thing I've done for my reenactment association, for our premises, because we sell some drinks to our members, so I try to not spend too much time to this.
For the Euro, it's always at the end in France, I agree with you for the numbers, I should have line-up them.
My hyphen isn't historical, it's a double diagonal as you say, but in France we don't use the tilde so nobody can confuse.
The "E" is call a cadel & this type of ornamented letter was use with gothic character. You can find more exemple here : [link] (sorry, in french but there are a lots of pictures).
I agree that this is not a typical fraktur, but I love this one, it's elegant.
I use the same nib to draw the swash final 's', but I raise it & finish with the angle of it to have thinner line. You can see this it on the title "xcali'caf", the 'x', 'c' & 'f', the bottom right swash are all made with the same nib. It's a classic calligraphic ornament.
"but in France we don't use the tilde so nobody can confuse." Might be common practice in Europe. I've never used the tilde before either.
"The "E" is call a cadel & this type of ornamented letter was use with gothic character." I didn't know its name but I've seen them plenty of times; that's not the issue. My issue is that stylistically it isn't an exact fit to your text. In the picture from the link you sent me the style of the text is more based on the style of the cadel. Anyway, you said you didn't want to spend too much time on this one so I guess that's why the style isn't exactly similar. Nevertheless, I truly admire your calligraphy skills.
"I agree that this is not a typical fraktur, but I love this one, it's elegant." Definitely! But I think generally a true Fraktur is more blocky. You added that elegance with the influences from the other blackletters I mentioned.
"You can see this it on the title "xcali'caf", the 'x', 'c' & 'f', the" No, not exactly. Those are diagonal/vertical strokes which are naturally thin with a calligraphy pen. What I'm referring to can also be seen in the 'f' from "Excali'caf". On the bottom right you drew a sort of hook which is a bit more fat at the bottom. Do you rotate your pen or your hand to get that effect or is it just a coincidental artifact from the natural calligraphy procedure?
If you're talking about the stroke of the straight line of the "f", It's thicker because I've got too more ink. The good way to it was like the other letters, a thin stroke. It can be a little thinner with curve or at the ending.
Sorry, my answer was not clear, we're talking about the same thing, It's just too much ink in this case, but this effect can be done with another type of quill (not with the metallic square quill I have used).
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