Italic hand is widely recognized as the most popular calligraphic hand. This elegant hand was developed during the 15th century Italian Renaissance. The development had grown from a primary need for speedy handwriting.

Historical Italic styles can be divided  simplistically into three periods: cursive(informal), semiformal and formal.  The lessons start with analysis of 16th century cursive. The lessons cover pencil monoline writing and the spacing practice. This is followed by weighted forms with edged-pen, letter spacing, writing texts in different nib sizes, and design layout. Works of framed art or manuscript book are created for the final projects.

For intermediate and advanced students:

Italic variation


Italic Hand

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