Built Up Caps began last week. I'm enjoying this intensive 6-week online course taught by Yves Leterme. This is the second course I've taken with him online at acornartsclasses.org. He is a wonderful teacher and Harvest has created a really good online learning venue, hosting excellent calligraphers and artists teaching interesting subjects.
At the end of this first week, I've got a lot of practice sheets to show (but not to show!). Here were my first attempts, which are rather hard to because it's pencil.
And here's the homework assignment I submitted:
Yves uses a digital red pen to mark up our submissions. He was fairly easy on me, noting the rogue K join, a strangely curved N, and — and this one has been so hard for me to fix! — the fact that I often pressurize two stroke-ends that join, creating a dark spot. I thought this would be a breeze to change, but it's a habit that has been hard to break. This page also doesn't show a lot of pressure-and-release, as he noted. I have a light touch, so it's been difficult to get that with a pencil. In a later post, I may show a page done on watercolor paper with a Blackwing pencil. It's a plan, anyway.
Many of my fellow classmates are posting their work on Instagram, as am I. Just look for the #builtupcapsonline tag. We are all working so hard and having a great time.