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Copperplate/Engrossers Script

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Copperplate/Engrosser's Script   Example

Lessons in Engraver's Script, W.A. Baird
Lessons in Engrosser's Script, E.L. Brown
Learn Engrosser's Script, Joseph Galtiero
Learn Engraver's Script, O.E. Hovis
Lessons in Engrosser's Script, Charleton Howe
Lessons in Engrosser's Script, E.A. Lupfer
Lessons in Engrosser's Script, C.P. Zaner
Roundhand or Engrosser's Script, E.A. Lupfer
Lessons in Advanced Engraver's Script, exemplars by Louis Madarasz
Rough Draft of a Zanerian Certificate, Lester Fields

Video Workshop Handout for Script in the Copperplate Style (Engrosser's Script), Dr. Joe Vitolo
This is Dr. Vitolo's complete instructional handout used for both his workshops and videos

Guidelines used in the video clips below, Dr. Joe Vitolo (pdf document)
Capital Letters on Guidelines, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Please see this video clip on how to use the Guidelines, Dr. Joe Vitolo

Fundamentals of Script in the Copperplate Style
Video
The Fundamental Oval Form, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The 'Retouched' Cutoff, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Fundamental 'i', Dr. Joe Vitolo
Illustration for The Fundamental 'i', Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Fundamental 'v', Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Compound Curve, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Square Cutoff, Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Fundamental Concepts: Drawing versus Writing, Dr. Joe Vitolo

Script in the Copperplate Style: Lowercase Letters
Video Lowercase Letters Group I, Part 1 of 3, c,e,o,s Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group I, Part 2 of 3, a,d Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group I, Part 3 of 3, g,q Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group II, Part 1 of 3, i,u,w Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group II, Part 2 of 3, j,l,t Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group II, Part 3 of 3, f,k Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group II, Supplement, The Double ll Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group III, Part 1 of 2, v,x Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group III, Part 2 of 2, r,m,n Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group IV, Part 1 of 2, b,h,y Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Lowercase Letters Group IV, Part 2 of 2, p,z Dr. Joe Vitolo

Script in the Copperplate Style: Uppercase Letters
Video
Uppercase Letters: Guideline Usage Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video A Sample of Uppercase Letters: A,O,J,Z Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters F,T Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters B,P,R Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters U,X,Y Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letter D Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters O,Q Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letter E Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letter C Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters G,L,S Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters H,K Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters V,W Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letter Z Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letter I,J Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Uppercase Letters A,M,N Dr. Joe Vitolo

Advanced Concepts
Video
Gilded Script Using 23K Gold Leaf Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Oblique Pencil Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Needle Stitch Script Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Writing LARGE Letters, Capital B Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video The Symmetry of Curves Dr. Joe Vitolo
Video Fishhook Capitals Dr. Joe Vitolo

Tips on Engrossers Script, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
The Descender Stem Loop and Baseline Crossing
, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
The Oval and Compound Curves
, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
The Symmetry of Curves
, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
The Leaning Tower of 'E', Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Letterform Analysis: The Key of 'D', Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Letterform Analysis: The Fundamental Oval, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
The Slant on the Story of N, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Lessons in Script: Introduction, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Lessons in Script: Fundamental Forms, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Lessons in Engrosser's Script: Group I Lowercase, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Lessons in Engrosser's Script: Group II Lowercase, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Lessons in Engrosser's Script: Group III Lowercase, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Lessons in Engrosser's Script: Group IV Lowercase, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Lessons in Engrosser's Script: Group I Capitals, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
Seeing Ovals in the Hairline/Shade Transitions, Dr. Joe Vitolo*
A Question of Practice, essay by Dr. Joseph M. Vitolo on the fundamentals of practicing script

~~ Video Series ~~
How to Write Copperplate, with Hamid Reza Ebrahimi

The Alphabet
Aa  Bb  Cc  Dd  Ee  Ff  Gg  Hh  Ii  Jj  Kk  Ll  Mm  Nn  Oo  Pp  Qq  Rr  Ss  Tt  Uu  Vv  Ww  Xx  Yy  Zz

Numbers and Punctuation
01234  56789  Punctuation

Writing Words and Writing A Sentence
Writing the word "Calligraphy"
Writing the word "Aria"
Writing the word "Flourishing"
Writing the word "Script"
Writing the sentence: "Practice makes perfect"
Making A Guide Sheet

Needle Stitch Script  Example

Needle Stitch Script, Dr. Joe Vitolo*  
Video Needle Stitch Script, Dr. Joe Vitolo

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Study as much as you practice.
Know what you want to execute.
Use only the best materials.
Keep your pens very clean.
Watch your slant carefully.
Master one style at a time.
Sit up, don't slouch, and breathe regularly.

- Louis Madarasz (view image)

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