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Back to Primary School Again or Why Study Calligraphy?

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Who on earth needs these rudimentary skills of handwriting? How often do we write with a pen, pencil or any other device? Once a day? Couple of days? Once a week? A fortnight? Maybe a month? Half a year?

All of us have modern gadgets to type our messages, notifications, thoughts, articles and what not. Typing is quick and convenient. Moreover, the software corrects our mistakes, which is also a great benefit. Frankly speaking we (just like many other users) were perplexed by all this fuss around hand lettering on Pinterest and other social networks and tried to figure out why people are so interested in calligraphy, why do they want to study it again.

Here the cyclic model of time comes to mind. Surely you’ve heard about the eternal return concept. The main thought of the concept is that the universe has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space. Similar assertions can be found in Indian philosophy and in ancient Egypt. They were subsequently taken up by the Pythagoreans and Stoics. With the spread of Christianity and the decline of antiquity, the concept has become less popular in the Western world. However, Friedrich Nietzsche, who connected the thought to many of his other concepts, including amor fati, can be considered a rare exception as he continued to develop the idea during these kind of temporary oblivion times.

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Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophical concept of eternal recurrence is purely physical, involving no supernatural reincarnation, but the return of beings in the same bodies. He viewed time as being not linear but cyclical.

Indeed, all of us may have noticed that our life events tend to recur again and again. This can be explained by the concept of "eternal recurrence", the idea that with infinite time and a finite number of events, events will recur again and again infinitely, which is central to the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Time passes by, fashion trends change and then the cycle recurs. Maybe the same thing happens to calligraphy? Let’s conduct some brief research that will show us for what users need to improve their writing skills, and how, say, designers can benefit from them. Of course, we will supply our research with beautiful gifs and finish it with step-by-step tutorials that will help those who want to study the art of hand lettering.

At first we would like to dwell on the consequences of losing the ability to handwrite.

modern calligraphy video tutorials

It makes no sense to argue that with the growing digitalization of our lives, we are losing our hand writing abilities. Some of us are probably already not employing handwriting anymore. Have you noticed that we rarely buy pens anymore because the ones we have just never get empty…

According to The Wall Street Journal, writing by hand engages the brain in learning. During one study at Indiana University published not so long ago, researchers invited children to man a "spaceship," actually an MRI machine using a specialized scan called "functional" MRI that spots neural activity in the brain. The kids were shown letters before and after receiving different letter-learning instruction. In children who had practiced printing by hand, the neural activity was far more enhanced and "adult-like" than in those who had simply looked at letters.

"It seems there is something really important about manually manipulating and drawing out two-dimensional things we see all the time," says Karin Harman James, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Indiana University who led the study."

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Also, when handwriting, pictures of the brain have illustrated that sequential finger movements activated massive regions involved in thinking, language and working memory - the system for temporarily storing and managing information.

We are suggesting that you not underestimate the problem of ceasing to learn calligraphy. Schools now rarely teach children how to hold a pen for writing, and this directly affects how they hold a pen to draw. Bear in mind that Steve Jobs changed the world partly because he studied calligraphy.

Another aspect is that writing down something reinforces it in our memory. If you want to learn something then writing it down by hand is one of the best ways to do it.

There is also an aspect of 'touch starvation'. We are now living in a world where just about everything we touch is plastic or metal. Writing with a pen or pencil gives us a touch experience. We know that some pens feel better than others. Some paper is better to write and draw on, some inks are more satisfying to use.

Summarizing everything said above we can arrive at the conclusion: the consequences of losing our abilities to handwrite will be fewer neural connections that are not as effective in acquiring knowledge.

Why studying calligraphy is important for web designers?

modern calligraphy video tutorials

What actually is calligraphy? It is an art of creating beautiful, elegant handwriting or artistically stylized writing. The word calligraphy stems from two Greek words: “killi” and “graphos” that stand for “beautiful” and “writing.” Depending on their forming, letters can be artistically beautiful. The history of calligraphy dates back to the drawings of cavemen. Chinese is one of the main styles of calligraphy. It dates back to twenty-eighth century B.C. in its earliest form. The Chinese developed pictograms somewhere between 2697 and 2596 B.C. Many other Chinese character calligraphy styles later stemmed from the pictorial pictograms (seal style and tao, for instance). Examples of other main styles of calligraphy include Western and Arabic.

Going to learn calligraphy? Get to know its basic tools.

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So, you’ll need: a special brush or pen; ink or something similar; paper or a different writing medium; a hard supporting surface that is smooth and flat; and a chair which is at a comfortable height for you. Optional tools include a pencil, eraser and ruler in order to provide lines on which you can write.

We should warn you that some styles of calligraphy are more difficult to do than others. There are three core skills for the Western style of calligraphy. They include: keeping the angle of your pen constant; leading the nib instead of pushing it; and making lines parallel and curves even. The Western style typically requires a calligraphy nib which is flat and broad and allows you to create the “thick and thin” effect.

Remember that once you have the proper tools and are familiar with the core skills of Western calligraphy, learning it is simply a matter of paying attention to details and practice. There are no age limitations for people to learn calligraphy. By writing calligraphy you can create a real work of art, like one-of-a-kind logo or heading, for example.

Typography is utterly important for web design today and it always has been.

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If you have enough patience and are ready to spend some time on learning calligraphy, the level of your web design expertise may improve significantly. Below, you will find free modern calligraphy video tutorials that will help you to master the art. We wish you good luck cutting through the path you follow.

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Calligraphy Warm-Ups | Basic Calligraphy Tutorial

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Calligraphy tutorial - for beginners

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Tutorial: Calligraphy for beginners 2

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Hand Lettering Tutorial for Beginners

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Hand Lettering for Beginners: Easy Accents

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Hand Lettering Step By Step

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Hand lettering Tutorial 1 - Let's Do This

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Hand Lettering Tutorial 2 - Say Something

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Hand lettering tutorial 3 - Type Stuff

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Hand Lettering Tutorial 4

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Modern Calligraphy Tutorial - Cat Caudillo

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Hand Lettering with Brush Pens Tutorial by Calligrapher, Joanne Fink

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Hand Lettering Tutorial with Easy Calligraphy Technique

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Kalligraphie Tutorial | Calligraphy and Art by Elli Konstanzer

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Swash Capital Italic Alphabet - Calligraphy Tutorial from Joanne Fink

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Calligraphy Fraktur Alphabet Letters A-H Tutorial - Calligrafia HD - 1 Part

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Tutorial: How to Fake Calligraphy | Hey Love Designs

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How to write calligraphy | Tutorials, learn and production Videos by Elli Konstanzer

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Calligraphy - Gothic Alphabet [HD]

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Hand Lettering Tutorial: How to Mix Fonts

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Architectural Hand Lettering - Architecture Daily Sketches

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Draw Beveled Prism Hand Lettering

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How to Vectorize Hand Lettering

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How To Vector Hand Lettering | Adobe Illustrator

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How are you doing with your free calligraphy lessons? We hope learning more about the subject has fascinated you. Please share your experience and your thoughts on calligraphy. Do you agree that it’s a useful skill for web designers? How would you apply your knowledge of calligraphy in everyday work?

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