CopperplateSeptember 2, 2019
Flourished ItalicSeptember 2, 2019
Gothic & Pen Gothic
1 – Innovation of this style of calligraphy goes back to the Gothic era in Europe and the structure of the letters is based on the principles of this artistic era. At that time, performing calligraphy for the Bible and the Torah used to be very common. This, coupled with a lack of printing industry, led to the development and propagation of this style of calligraphy in a way that, after the passage of centuries, this method of calligraphy still has its adherents. The calligraphy in this style belongs to the design of letters in a luxurious and royal way and its special attributes are illumination art and painting, all taken from the myths of The Holy Book. “Gothic” calligraphy or “Black Letter” is used in most European and American countries, but because of its difficulty to create, it is not used a lot and it is mostly used as the headlines and keywords in passages with an emphasis on simple writing. As an example, this type of calligraphy can be seen in newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. In this style of calligraphy, there is no possibility to attach the letters together. Its other characteristics are the column type of rhythm without any maneuver in creating, which makes it bulky in comparison with the copperplate style.
2 – Gothic calligraphy style with pen has been done by Master Hamidreza Ebrahimi and Mojtaba Karami in recent years. The performing and training of this style is inspired by the Nasta’liq style with pen, which its performance is, to some extent, easy and it can be written by simple implements, but this easiness has some limitations. This type of calligraphy, due to its slow speed of performing, cannot be used for daily affairs and it is not possible to write it in a large scale. Nevertheless, this style of calligraphy is nice to be seen for all those who like it and are interested in writing down whatever they like in a language they desire. It is recommended to those who like to learn an artistic work to participate in copperplate calligraphy courses. The usable tool for this style is inclusively BIC pens in 1 and 1.6 sizes as well as pencils in which the calligrapher, by adjusting pressure of pen on paper, tries to provide delicacy and thickness for calligraphy. It should be stated that this method of calligraphy is not practically applicable for medical occupations and similar jobs with time constraints.