These three decorative letters or drop caps were inspired by more of my Dover clip art collections. I used a 1.75-inch square and then drew up the main elements and erased the square.
I made a mistake in the calligraphy and had to gesso over it several times to hide it. Calligraphy is always a humbling experience for me; my spacing was not perfect either. The Pilot Parallel pen I have was too thick so a friend offered to send me this Pilot pen which has a stub nib and it was the perfect size for this project.
Alas, not perfect, but it was fun getting some practice in.
I can see myself plugging away at more decorative letters and making a series of it. I used my new softcover Zeta sketchbook, and I love that paper.
Materials I used:
Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils
Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils
Winsor & Newton gouache
Lamy Safari pen with Noodler’s Lexington Gray ink
Pilot 78G pen with Noodler’s Blue Upon the Plains of Abraham ink for the calligraphy