It’s been a while – Engrosser’s Script Journey

Tomato written in Engrossers Script
A little writing from the other day.

I feel like I’ve been floundering about in an attempt to figure out what I want to do as a calligrapher. Since the pandemic, orders for calligraphy pieces have screeched to a halt and that has been very discouraging.

I’m trying to explore different ways I can make my Engrosser’s Script and other calligraphic skills profitable, but I’ve at a bit of a loss.

Back on Social Media?

I am back on social media, but not all the way. I reactivated my Facebook but I don’t spend a great deal of time on there. Though, I did join Copperplate Script for All group, whose focus is helping fellow members with encouragement and feedback with their pointed pen calligraphy.

It has been a wonderful experience! There aren’t a ton of Engrosser’s Script practitioners in the group, so it’s been fun showing off a skillset that others might not see as much. 

I actually found the group from one of the students in 2021 DIS course. She mentioned in the DIS Community Forum that she was getting useful information from the members in the Copperplate group, so I thought I’d join and take a look for myself. 

What I found was a group of thousands and thousands (though I think a much smaller number regularly post) who share their pointed pen work knowing that no one is going to trash their efforts or mock their hard work.

Something I learned from the Dreaming In Script is that there is always something positive to say about a piece of calligraphy and that even the most refined example of script is not above critique.

I apply this principle in the Copperplate group and try to offer constructive feedback in a go-get-after-it kind of way that hopefully uplifts the penman sharing their work. I know what it’s like to write out some script, post it and have a feeling of self loathing afterward.

Ups and downs

Insurance written in Engrosser's Script
A little more writing.

At the end of 2021, I got an itch to start a YouTube channel. I did some research into channels teaching Engrosser’s Script, and there aren’t many. And the ones that do, don’t do it well. 

I did a bunch of research on how to film and edit videos, lighting, making a podcast, live-streaming, how often to post videos and even filmed a bunch of short videos of random words. 

I got really sick a couple times when this was going on and that interrupted my creation schedule. Then I became interested in making my own music for videos. I started seeing if I could produce some simple tunes in GarageBand.

Then shortly after that, my wife deployed to Germany.  

None of these things should be excuses as to why I let my channel come to a standstill. And for that matter, my calligraphy practice. I am used to her deploying, but it doesn’t get easier as the years go by. 

In between dealing with my wife being gone and trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with my YouTube channel, I’ve been trying to study Web Development. I think it’s neat how lines of code make a webpage look the way it does and they’re infinitely configurable to different tastes.

Where do we go from here?

What now? written in Engrosser's Script
What now?

I haven’t given up on penmanship, but I have been extremely unmotivated to pick up my pen. I wrote a couple words out the other day, but that was about it. They didn’t turn out too bad. 

the word "plates" written in Engrosser's Script
Do you even lift, bro?

I found out yesterday that a mentor of mine heard good things about me from the Copperplate group. That was uplifting news. 

I think I will use my blog as a way to post practice and try to find my particular voice in the calligraphy world. I want to create good looking works of penmanship, help others along their calligraphy journey and provide for my family.

I want to use this blog to help me do that.

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