As a part of my later calligraphic incursion I got THE ENCYCLOPEDIA of CALLIGRAPHY TECHNIQUES by Hardy Wilson.
I have to say here that this is one of those cases that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover: it looked kinda like a simple craft’s book, but had really good reviews, so I decided to go for it. I never imagined that it would be so good. Really useful layout, easy to follow instructions, great examples of the different styles & tools.
Most importantly, it clearly shows the ductus, which indicates the movements of the hand to get the precious shape:
I couldn’t decide which tool to try first, which style, whatever the ductus… started to mix & match: inks, brushes, nibs, pencil. From the first round here are the vowels that I’ve drawn:
Later that night, watching TV, I couldn’t stop even while listening to a very inspiring speech:
*The ornament on the side of this post is from the free font Schluss Vignetten by Dieter Steffmann