Calligraphy Letters

Calligraphy letters are one of the essential ingredients of beautiful calligraphy. Since ancient times, calligraphy letters have been a subject of interest and you can clearly define their evolution over the years. If you are interested in learning and practicing calligraphy, you will first and foremost need to master the calligraphy letters.

Various calligraphy styles have different sets of calligraphy letters. Chinese and Japanese calligraphy letters are taken from their commonly used scripts and usually taught in their primary schools. Islamic calligraphy letters have been taken from Persian, Arabic and Turkish scripts. Further, Western calligraphy letters traces their origin to Roman, Greek and old English scripts.

Chinese and Japanese letters have a peculiar style of maintaining equal space within each letter, which is known as mono - spaced style. The letters are either cursive or semi-cursive. You will need to hold you brush straight without touching your palm to the paper and let the tip move freely across the paper. The two most popular styles of writing Chinese calligraphy are Caosho, a cursive font and Xingshu, a semi-cursive font.

On the other hand, the three most accepted styles of writing Japanese calligraphy are Sousho, Gyousho and Kaisho. In Sousho, the calligraphy letters are written with elegant strokes of the brush. Whereas, rounded alphabets created with continuous strokes are a significant feature of the Gyosho font. Kaisho, on the other hand, is supposedly the simplest font where the calligraphy letters are created with very less strokes.

In Western calligraphy, the letters are mainly formed of three parts, the upper part or ascender, the main portion or the x-height and the lower part or the descender. There are various styles of writing Western calligraphy, among which the popular ones are Italic, Roman, Gothic and Uncial. The Italic style is commonly used and is quite easy to grasp, moreover, the letters in Italic are taught in English primary schools.

The calligraphy letters in Roman script are mainly used in newspapers and you will need to flatten the tip of your pen in order to write in this style. Gothic on the other hand, is a bold style of writing. You need to hold your pen at 45 degrees to write in this style and the strokes are usually bold with decorative strokes on the top. In Uncial, there are no upper case letters and the strokes need to be made by holding the pen at 30 degrees from the paper.

Moving on to Arabic calligraphy, the letters in Islamic writing are written from right to left. There are 17 consonants and the vowels are represented by strokes along the consonants. Cursive is the most prevalent style of writing Islamic calligraphy and the three most preferred cursive fonts of today are Muhaqqaq, Thuluth and Nashkh. Curves underline the letters in Muhaqqaq style while in Thuluth style, the letters have elongated verticals. The strokes are less complex and slender in the Naskh lettering style.

Calligraphy letters can be grasped easily with considerable practice. Start by practicing calligraphy letters with a paper and pencil. Once you are comfortable with the calligraphy letters, move on to practicing with pen. Download free calligraphy letters from the internet and practice them. There is no limit to expressing your creativity when it comes to calligraphy letters, so you can either create new and unique styles or mix up two or more existing styles of calligraphy letters.

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