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English Calligraphy from A to Z

A course by Bego Viñuela Galarraga
Calligraphy Artist. Bilbao, Spain.
Joined December 2014
, Calligraphy Artist

Explore Copperplate script and revive the power of freehand lettering

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (804)
  • 21362 students

Explore Copperplate script and revive the power of freehand lettering



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (804)
  • 21362 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 3m)
  • 7 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Each letter is its own world and has a distinct personality. This is what Bego Viñuela, calligraphy artist and founder of Bilbao Calligraphy, discovered when she began exploring this art form. With more than a decade of experience, she is known for her expertise in English or Copperplate calligraphy and her work has led her to collaborate with brands like Vogue, Mont Blanc, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, among others.

In this course, she teaches you how to master the art of English calligraphy from scratch. Learn how to use the tools and draw upper and lowercase letters until you complete a full Copperplate alphabet.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. First steps
  • U3
    U3. Lowercase
  • U4
    U4. Capital letters
  • U5
    U5. Alternative letters and composition
  • U6
    U6. Techniques: watercolors and gouache
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Bego Viñuela, who shows you some of her most distinguished work and gives you an overview of the course content. She also introduces you to the calligraphers that inspire her as well as her favorite reference manuals.

Get your feet wet with a brief history of English calligraphy and then dive into the tools and materials you need for the course, including nibs, nib holders, inks, and paper. Bego also gives you some tips on guidelines, ergonomics, and posture to ensure quality work and comfort.

Now it's time to start practicing. See how to form lowercase letters by first tracing over them. Get an eye for their basic features and how they link together, then continue practicing until you've drawn the entire lowercase alphabet. Move on to uppercase letters and examine their main features. Practice drawing them one by one and see how to connect them with lowercase letters.

Once you've got the basics, Bego teaches you how to form alternative letters, numbers, and symbols before giving you some tips on different ways to compose a text. She also shows you how to write on dark paper and integrate gouache and watercolors into your work.

To wrap up the course, choose a phrase and apply all the techniques you've learned to create a stunning piece of calligraphy art.

What is this course's project?

Choose your favorite phrase, poem, or song lyrics and write them in English calligraphy.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to get started in this art form and enjoys creating with their hands, as well as graphic designers and illustrators who use calligraphy as a primary or complementary technique in their projects.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is needed to take this course since Bego teaches you everything from scratch.

As for materials, you need a nib, a nib holder, 80 GSM paper, and ink.


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Bego Viñuela Galarraga

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Bego Viñuela studied fine arts at the University of the Basque Country where she discovered the world of calligraphy, which motivated her to take a master's degree in advanced typography at the University of Barcelona. To fuel her passion for all things calligraphy, she has traveled the world honing her technique and learning from the best local and international teachers.

Since 2013, she has been sharing her knowledge of calligraphy techniques and approaches at her studio and school Calligraphy Bilbao. When she's not teaching, she works with different brands and crafts invitations for weddings and events.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    First steps

    • Guidelines and ergonomics
    • Materials and tools
    • History of English calligraphy
  • U3

    Lowercase

    • Union of lowercase
    • Lowercase
    • Basic lowercase traits
  • U4

    Capital letters

    • Basic Features Uppercase
    • Capitalization
    • Capital letters
    • Warming the hand
  • U5

    Alternative letters and composition

    • Composition
    • Numbers and signs
    • Alternative letters
  • U6

    Techniques: watercolors and gouache

    • Write with watercolor
    • Write about dark backgrounds
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to English calligraphy or copperplate

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English Calligraphy from A to Z. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Bego Viñuela Galarraga Best seller

English Calligraphy from A to Z

A course by Bego Viñuela Galarraga
Calligraphy Artist. Bilbao, Spain.
Joined December 2014
  • 99% positive reviews (804)
  • 21362 students