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 Mollyâ€™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.
About the Author
MOLLY SUBER THORPE is a hand lettering artist whose focus is on branding and editorial calligraphy work. She is credited as a driving force behind the modern calligraphy movement, being among the first artists to use the whimsical, unorthodox pointed pen styles and bold color palettes so popular today. Clients hire Molly for a variety of projects, including hand-lettered logos, envelope calligraphy, custom stationery, and even tattoos.
Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy (St. Martinâ€™s Griffin, 2013), has been translated into Chinese and Spanish, and was named one of 2013â€™s â€œFavorite Craft Booksâ€ by Amazon. Molly's second book, The Calligrapherâ€™s Business Handbook: Pricing and Policies for Lettering Artists (Calligrafile Press, 2017), guides hand letterers to develop a thriving freelance career, and has been an Amazon Bestseller in the Calligraphy and Business of Art categories.
Mollyâ€™s extensive client list includes Google Arts & Culture, Martha Stewart Weddings, Michael Kors, Fendi, AARP, J. Jill, and Victorio & Lucchino. Her work and words have appeared in dozens of publications, including UPPERCASE, Martha Stewart Living, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Bound & Lettered, Country Living, Style Me Pretty, Design*Sponge, and Snippet & Ink.
Molly also loves to teach. In addition to conducting in-person calligraphy workshops in the United States and Europe, Molly is a Top Teacher on the Skillshare.com platform, with over half a million minutes of watch time since her first Skillshare class launched in 2013.
In 2016, Molly founded Calligrafile.com, a curated database of resource links and products for calligraphers, hand lettering artists, type enthusiasts, and creative freelancers. It is the largest site of its kind, with over two dozen contributing artists, and thousands of participants from around the world.
"Molly Suber Thorpe's newest book, Mastering Modern Calligraphy, helps readers push themselves beyond comfort zones and break down their personal writing style letter-by-letter. From warm-up exercises and letter variations to complete alphabets and multi-line layouts, Thorpe gives readers the tools they need to begin breaking habits and implementing changes that will result in a unique calligraphic style thatâ€™s entirely their own."â€” Paper & Ink Arts
"Mastering Modern Calligraphy is geared toward people who already are â€œsoldâ€ on calligraphy, and is a bit more technical than Molly's first book. It will serve as a solid source of information for calligraphy enthusiasts. The new book echoes the kind and encouraging tone of Mollyâ€™s previous two books, and her philosophy on calligraphy is something I completely agree with! For example, she tells us not to be afraid to make ugly calligraphy (yes!!!). In another section, she quotes Robert Bringhurst to encourage us to 'â€¦break the rules and break them beautifully, deliberately, and well. That is one of the ends for which they exist.' I think thatâ€™s beautifully said."â€”Lindsey Bugbee, The Postman's Knock
"Mastering Modern Calligraphy is a wonderfully thoughtful, in-depth guide on honing your own calligraphic style and giving it a modern twist. Molly sets you up for success from the get-go as she walks you through the fundamentals of calligraphyâ€”from tools used to warm-up drills to breaking down the letterforms in a clear and easy way. The book has a multitude of exemplars for you to try out on your own and tips for how to mix it up to create your own unique style. It's filled to the brim with so much helpful information that everyone would benefit from adding this to their personal library. I certainly wish I had it when I first started out!"â€” Joanna MuÃ±oz, author, The Art of Hand Lettering for Beginners: Beautiful Projects and Essential Techniques
PRAISE for Modern Calligraphy:
"A great starting point for those wanting to develop their own style of pointed pen writing. Creative, fresh, and lovely, this is a book you wonâ€™t regret adding to your library!" â€”Paper & Ink Arts
"My final verdict on Modern Calligraphy? I. Love. It. If you want to be inspired, youâ€™ve got to buy this book (itâ€™s the best $25 youâ€™ll spend on your calligraphy skills)." â€”Lindsay Bugbee, The Postmanâ€™s Knock
"My go-to referral for anyone that contacts me and asks, 'Help! Where do I start?' You start with Modern Calligraphy, thatâ€™s where!" â€”Tristan & Michelle, Besotted Blog