Author: Peter Taylor
Publisher: Hinkler Books, 2010 (still in print)
ISBN 10: 1741855632
ISBN 13: 978-1741855630
Binder with six sections, each of 32 pages
For ages 9+ to adult
Before being contracted to write and illustrate this book, in 2009 I had written two sections of 101 Things to Do Before You Grow Up for Hinkler Books. When I sent some illustration suggestions by snail-mail, I wrote on the envelope in calligraphy. “Oh,” they said, “we’ve been thinking of publishing a calligraphy book. Could you write one for us?”
I studied calligraphy through workshops provided by The Society of Scribes and Illuminators in England in the 1970s and 80s, benefiting from the expertise of many of the world’s most highly regarded practitioners. Now having a business as a professional calligrapher in Australia, I complete commissions, have work exhibited in galleries and teach the craft through workshops and private tuition. Some examples can be seen on the Talks and Workshops page of this website.
My dedicated calligraphy website
Practical Calligraphy is for older children aged 9 and over, and adults, to give beginners a sound grounding in the art of calligraphy, but it also provides alphabet variations and tips useful for experienced lettering artists. It contains photographs of works by expert calligraphers, including the ‘Queens’s Scribe’ Donald Jackson, that are held in private collections and not reproduced in any other book.
The publisher, Hinkler Books, purchased copyright in 2010. This allows them to use any part of the book for any purpose at any time, without any requirement to contact me…though I’d be delighted to assist in editing any new use of the content. They have compiled a number of spin-off products – books and practice pads included in kits – using parts of the original text and some of the illustrations. They never send me a sample copy, but I’ve bought this one, so I know it is totally my work:
Art Maker Calligraphy Masterclass
Author: Peter Taylor
Publisher: Hinkler Books, 2017
48 page book included
“A fun and easy way to learn the beautiful craft of calligraphy, Calligraphy Masterclass contains everything you need to practice this superb art form. The comprehensive 48-page Calligraphy Masterclass book contains instructions on how to master classic alphabet scripts and design letters to create your own individual calligraphic styles, as well as samples from well-known calligraphers and helpful tips from the author, professional calligrapher and teacher Peter Taylor…”
And it has a Best seller sticker!
“…It is a 48 page book filled with detailed instructions how to produce the strokes. The instructional book is my favorite item inside the set because it provides a thorough description and step by step process on how to write the letters. Also, there are bonus tips and tricks on how to easily produce the strokes. Another factor that I considered is that it is very easy to carry wherever I go. The material also is made up of a magazine type paper which is not easily torn so double plus! I really love it and it serves as my reference to the different styles. There are different styles taught in the instructional book: Foundational Hand, Gothic, Italic, and Uncial. Among all the items, the instructional book stands out the most and it makes the set a really wise buy!…” @rewritesthings
There’s another shaped set that I presume is just different packaging:
Creative Calligraphy contains longer books that I believe are all my work:
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Hinkler Books, 2013
This one has used some of the contents from my original book, but sections have also been provided by two graphic artists. Apparently it’s a Best Seller, too!
The Art of Drawing Letters: Hand-Lettering & Calligraphy
This one has used some of the contents from my original book, but sections have also been provided by two graphic artists.
Apparently it’s a Best Seller, too!