Lettering artist and web designer Nicole Mauloni has been working hard over the past few months to put together some really great Copperplate calligraphy guides. A little while ago I featured a fantastic iPad Lettering site and at the time it was really the only resource available to learn how to letter on the iPad. Since then, Nicole’s iPad Calligraphy site has become a wonderful new addition to the resources available to you. It is definitely a resource to be aware of if you want to master the art of calligraphy, especially on the iPad Pro.
Nicole began by teaching herself Copperplate calligraphy on her iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app. She has built and refined her skills, and can now create very beautiful lettering by applying the techniques she has developed.
Copperplate Calligraphy on the iPad with Procreate Guide
On Nicole’s iPad Calligraphy site you can get access to a full guide which is made up of a series of worksheet modules, each of which break down learning Copperplate calligraphy into manageable steps. The modules take you through setting up the Procreate app, learning basic strokes, lowercase letters, uppercase letters along with letter connection and spacing. It doesn’t just stop there either, this downloadable guide also comes with practice sheets, a Copperplate brush to use in the Procreate app, and a grid brush so you can easily set up guidelines anytime within Procreate.
At the time of writing this article you can buy this amazing full guide for $23.00, which is a brilliant price considering the amount that it covers and the hard work that has gone into it.
If you would like to try out some of Nicole’s calligraphy modules before buying the full guide you can sign up to a free email course on iPad Calligraphy. The course will teach you basic strokes and how to produce lowercase letters.
Through her blog, Nicole also offers free word practice guides. They are designed to help you apply and practice the techniques that you will learn from her premium full downloadable guide, and reinforce your skills. She really has thought of everything!
It is important to note that to work with Nicole’s guides and course you will need an iPad Pro. This is because the iPad Pro has a pressure sensitive screen. You will also need the Procreate app, this is compatible with all iPads that are able to run iOS 10.0 or later. Due to the lack of a pressure sensitive screen in any iPad other than the iPad Pro, you will not be able to achieve thick and thin strokes in the same way. It is therefore essential that you do have the Pro model of the iPad. The Apple Pencil partners up with the iPad Pro and is designed to work with the pressure sensitive screen. There are alternatives to the Apple pencil, but they may not provide quite the same level of precision.
Whether you are learning calligraphy from scratch, or whether you want to just master the techniques on the iPad, Nicole’s guides will be helpful! I would also keep a close eye on the iPad Calligraphy site as I know Nicole is currently working on some new brushes, and I’m sure the resources and content she offers will only continue to grow.