BOOK REVIEW: Simply Calligraphy by Judy Detrick

When I first started sharing my art with wider audience I was surprised to find that hand lettering and calligraphy are very much a trend in creative community. Calligraphy is widely used for greeting cards, wedding invitations. Besides, beautiful lettering is just so pleasant to look at. I find  writing messages by had both soothing and  satisfying. But where does one start? Judy Detrick, a calligrapher and graphic designer  lays it down in her new book Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering.


This book is very straightforward and after I went through it, the word “minimalistic” comes to mind. It has the basics that will have one started-the author offers techniques for lettering with broad-edge pen-creating italic letters. She takes the reader through the process of creating first lowercase and then capital letters and numerals. There is a little note explaining how it’s done and an example with strokes order on the page next to the notes. There is additional information on flourishes and how to put together an invitation or note. The author also shows Uncial and Fraktur in the very end of the book.

Overall impression: I found this book very basic indeed. It will surely be useful for those that are just starting exploring hand lettering, but not much beyond that. I wish there was more information on flourishes, for example. It is a very good resource for someone who is intimidated by calligraphy as it lays all the basics out without overwhelming the reader, but something more substantial will be needed after the first exercises.

I received this book via Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and unbiased review


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