Vertical Ornamental Penmanship

Robert Hurford, a talented penman and stalwart member of IAMPETH, analyzed exemplars of vertical alphabets from Charles P. Zaner’s Zanerian Script Alphabets (1902) and an exemplar from page 131 of The Penman-Artist and Business Educator (Zaner-Bloser, 1900- 1903). 

Bob was inspired to create his own version of the alphabet he called Vertical Ornamental Penmanship, keeping in mind consistency of line, slant, and shape. He graciously gave me permission to present his Vertical Ornamental Penmanship (VOP) style to the Houston Calligraphy Guild in 2013. 

Download my notes on Vertical Ornamental Penmanship that were presented during the guild demo, and my attempt at writing his VOP alphabet. 

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