Modern Calligraphy comes in many forms but an extremely popular style at the moment is what you'd call 'Bounce' lettering.. where the letters bounce along the page and don't seem to sit still!
Bounce lettering, in a slightly more technical form means that the upstrokes or the downstrokes have been extended, often the scale has been played with and some of the traditional rules have been thrown out the window- hurrah! All of this means that the words seem to bounce along the page - it looks free and flowing, a far more informal style to the traditional copperplate calligraphy... and i like it, a lot.
If I'm honest, I'm not very good at keeping within the lines at the best of times so this style does seems to be a favourite of mine. Any excuse to bend the rules and push it a little outside the box!
I thought it might be interesting to show three different ways in which I practice the bounce... it may look free and easy but you still have to practice... A LOT!
The first image is in the standard drill format... lines upon lines of the same shapes, working the muscle memory and aiming for consistency. Changing the tools often creates a different style so the other two pictures are of nib and ink bounce alphabet practice and a big, thick, inky Ecoline alphabet. It's pretty awesome to see the difference between the materials... which is your favourite?