Mastering Modern Calligraphy

Mastering Modern Calligraphy

Beyond the Basics: 2,700+ Pointed Pen Exemplars and Exercises for Developing Your Style

Molly Suber Thorpe


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Mastering Modern Calligraphy is a comprehensive guide to taking your pointed pen calligraphy skills to the next level and developing your very own modern style. Following up and building on Molly’s popular beginner's guide, Modern Calligraphy, Mastering Modern Calligraphy is the perfect companion for pointed pen and digital calligraphers alike. It is aimed at those with some calligraphy experience, presenting more than 2,700 letterforms and ligatures, targeted exercises, stroke drills, flourishes, and phrases, which emphasize experimentation and fun, rather than rigid uniformity.
This beautiful, in-depth guide to modern calligraphy emphasizes experimentation and fun, rather than rigid uniformity. With targeted exercises and lessons aimed at pushing you out of your calligraphy comfort zone, Mastering Modern Calligraphy will not only help you master tricks of the trade, but develop your very own modern calligraphy style, too.


Molly Suber Thorpe:

MOLLY SUBER THORPE has been heralded as a driving force behind today’s modern calligraphy movement. She has taught pointed pen calligraphy for many years, giving her special insight into the learning tools beginner, intermediate, and professional modern calligraphers really want, and which ones are particularly hard to find. An expert in the field, Molly has worked with major brands such as Google Arts & Culture, Martha Stewart, Michael Kors, and Fendi.

Her work and words have appeared in dozens of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, The Guardian, UPPERCASE, and Buzzfeed. Molly is the author of two bestselling books for calligraphers: Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy (2013) and The Calligrapher’s Business Handbook: Pricing and Policies for Lettering Artists (2017).