Last December I was lucky enough to attend a four-day Spencerian workshop with Michael Sull in Saint-Petersburg. Michael is a great Master Penman, author of several books and a wonderful teacher. It was such an invaluable experience for me to watch Michael's demonstrations and his writing process. Moreover, Michael brought some old calligraphy specimens and let students take pictures of them. With his kind permission, I'm happy to share with you some of the fascinating examples of penmanship.
We’ve all seen beautiful small caps in those nicely designed books. And we’ve all tried at least once to use small caps in our own designs. But for some reason all those attempts looked weird: our small caps were ugly. So why can’t we achieve the same results? What’s the problem with our small caps?