I had the opportunity to take a look at The Complete Book of Calligraphy and Lettering and definitely suggest cracking open this guide if you are in the process of learning or are even thinking about learning calligraphy. This guide introduces you to the basics from the way a pen is assembled to the different styles and techniques you use in lettering and flourishing your style of writing.
As someone that is currently in the process of self-learning calligraphy, this guide was definitely essential in breaking down the use of a pen, especially for someone that has yet to even acquire one. The guide could have used more practice pages but that’s nothing a separate sheet of paper can’t fix. I suggest skimming through the book at least once before doing anything and if you are ready to begin learning, prep your materials and look over the guide. There are a lot of techniques in the guide that are more oriented to the use of professional pens, but it also features flourishing and style techniques that can be used for those learning calligraphy with regular pens.
NetGalley provided me with a copy of this awesome guide and am under no obligation to shove this recommendation in your faces, but I will say that I recommend this guide to anyone considering or currently learning calligraphy. This is something handy to have beside you as a go-to book and is by no means the only guide you need to learning calligraphy. One of my favorite features of the guide is that it acts as a textbook that can be looked back at constantly throughout the learning process of lettering and calligraphy. The facts and histories described in the first few sections give me a little more appreciation to the art of calligraphy and is definitely something I will refer back to as I learn and improve my own calligraphy and styling.