Currently Reading: Calligraphy and Flourishing

I’ve been trying to learn Copperplate Script since last year and I felt like there was something missing to make practicing more fun. I couldn’t make my letters look fancier.

When I stumbled upon Calligraphic Flourishing: A New Approach to an Ancient Art by Bill Hildebrandt I was ecstatic, until I realized that not only was the book out of stock, it was also out of print. I even emailed the publishers to see if they had a copy they could sell me or point me to a distributor that had some copies left to sell, since I refused to buy the used copies that sold for more than $300 on Amazon then. They just told me that they are planning to release a similar title in the next two years.

Evey now I then, I would check out Amazon to see if the books I wanted to buy were significantly cheaper in the US than here in SG. I love reading books in print and in digital format but nothing beats a good book. There are just some books you have to own in print. When I checked Calligraphic Flourishing for the nth time, I was so happy that there was a $40 used copy of the book on sale. Bought it on the spot.

I was very much intrigued on the contents of the book. Why would a book cost more than 20 times it’s original retail price? Was it that good? Yes it is.

It has the basic instruction on the different types of flourishes and what practice methods are recommended. I’ve been reading this book for most of the day and it’s such a pleasure to learn from Mr. Hildebrandt. The instructions are clear and simple. There are recommended exercises which would help improve your technique quickly.

Even though the book was a second hand copy, it was in very good condition. It had nice soft cover which is very sturdy and cream pages in heavy stock. The text is written in a form of italic text which is ok to read in print but not so in digital format. I got a headache when I tried to read the excerpts of the book in Google Books which you can find here.

I hope they release more books on Flourishing. I’m not geographically blessed to be able to attend seminars that are usually held overseas.


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