Uncial Calligraphy for Beginners

A course by Joaquín Seguí
Graphic designer specializing in calligraphy. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined December 2018
, Graphic designer specializing in calligraphy

Learn to do modern lettering with a lot of personality

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (77)
  • 1247 students
Uncial Calligraphy for Beginners

Learn to do modern lettering with a lot of personality

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (77)
  • 1247 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (3h 13m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French
  • Unlimited access forever

Every artist or creator must push himself trying to find his limits. The designer and calligrapher Joaquín Seguí, explores his own in each of his projects, analyzing what he can do by hand - whether by drawing, making letters or cutting paper - or digitally. The designer uses mixed media in his work as a calligrapher approaching the conceptual and abstract. He has worked with clients such as Nike, Johnnie Walker, Hyatt, Dior or Tiffany & Co., among others.

In this course, Joaquín will teach you from scratch everything you need to do calligraphy, delving into the uncial style. You will use all calligraphic knowledge to apply them in the design of a postcard.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. How to do calligraphy, learning the basics
  • U3
    U3. Uncial from A to Z
  • U4
    U4. Designing with uncials of this century
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will meet Joaquín, who will talk to you about how he came to calligraphy, how he applies it to graphic design and other disciplines, and will share some of his influences.

You will start learning basic concepts to make calligraphy, the different types that exist and the tools that are usually used for it. You will see how to build an ancestral instrument to make calligraphy called calamus and you will learn to hold the pen in the correct position to give your first strokes at various angles.

You will briefly review the history of the university, its context, the types that exist and their important contributions to writing. You will learn to read a calligraphic model and you will be introduced to the technique to draw the letters of the alphabet, starting with the round ones, then the vertical ones and with an arc; to finally reach the special letters.

You will learn how interleaving works and the space between words, as well as tricks to modulate the stroke, achieve more gestural endings and flourishes for your letters.

With the theory learned and the practice dominated, you will start your postcard project. First, you will perform a reference search to discover ways to write each of the letters you will work on and how to combine them. You will make a compositional sketch and you will polish it until you have a favorite composition.

You will scan your final handmade composition with calligraphy, you will digitally retouch it following some tips and providing modern touches, to translate it into a postcard. As a bonus, you will know measures and details to design your own version, in addition to some convenient options to print your postcard.

What is this course's project?

A composition with the name of your city or one that motivates you because you have already visited it and cannot erase it from your mind. When you have done it you can apply it digitally on a postcard; so you can save it as a souvenir or share it with a friend you have away from home.

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Who is it for?

It will be very useful for illustrators and graphic designers, but it is really aimed at any creative person who wants to incorporate letters into their work and who wants to learn how to do calligraphy.

What you need

You do not need any previous knowledge of calligraphy, since you will start from scratch. Of materials, you will need a calligraphy sleeve, flat pens of any size, ruler, pencil, a conveyor, a lot of paper and Chinese ink. Also, a computer with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.


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Joaquín Seguí

A course by Joaquín Seguí

Graphic designer specializing in calligraphy

Joaquín Seguí is a graphic designer specialized in calligraphy, who was born and studied in Argentina but has been living and working in Mexico for many years.

It started with calligraphy about 10 years ago and since then, it has not stopped making letters and continuing to study them. Use calligraphy applied mainly to graphic design, editorial design and advertising. He divides his time between calligraphy and some abstract art oriented projects, two things he always felt were closely related. Joaquín has worked for clients such as Nike, Johnnie Walker, Hyatt, Dior or Tiffany & Co., among others.

He is also a teacher, has taught calligraphy in the university and in various workshops, for 8 years.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    How to do calligraphy, learning the basics

    • Notions about calligraphy
    • Tools and materials
    • Construction of a calamus
    • Practical concepts for making calligraphy
  • U3

    Uncial from A to Z

    • Brief history of uncial calligraphy
    • Round Letters Ductus
    • Ductus of vertical letters and with bow
    • Ductus of special letters
    • Word and sentence construction
    • Stroke modulation and flourishes
  • U4

    Designing with uncials of this century

    • Build your arsenal of letters
    • Sketches and composition
    • Digitize
    • From the old to the modern
    • BONUS: Elements and production of a postcard
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Caligrafía uncial para principiantes

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Uncial Calligraphy for Beginners. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Joaquín Seguí

Uncial Calligraphy for Beginners

A course by Joaquín Seguí
Graphic designer specializing in calligraphy. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined December 2018
  • 100% Positive reviews (77)
  • 1247 students