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Fine Arts




Drawing, Caricature

Course Description

If you are just starting a calligraphic journey, this short introductory course is for you!

CALLIGRAPHY ... the art of beautiful writing

Perhaps you have been wanting to learn more about using traditional nib and pen-holder to create beautiful letters, but were daunted by the unfamilarity of the tools.

This course de-mystifies the use of authentic calligraphy instruments.

Learn :

  • to correctly insert the nib into the pen-holder;
  • to load the reservoir and get the ink to flow onto your paper;
  • how to create the thick and thin strokes of the letter;
  • why it is important to keep your pen at a 45° angle;
  • where to place your letters in the guidelines;
  • what the ductus is ;

Presented by Manix Abrera, a qualified calligrapher and designer, this course starts with a keynotes presentation that will first give you a quick overall view of Caricature essentials, followed by a series of videos will help you get started in Caricature.

In the demonstrations, Manix Abrera uses a 3 mm Brause oblique nib in a wooden pen-holder and walnut hull ink.

Who is the target audience?

If you want to learn to writing in calligraphy, and don’t know where to start, this short series of videos is for you! Or perhaps you have been doing calligraphy for a while, but have always used markers or parallel pens and now you want to learn to write with pen & ink, join me for this course. Those of you that have experience with pen & ink may find this series too elementary for your level.

Course Curriculum

  •   Introduction
  •  Welcome and Materials
  •   Caricature Basics
  •   Grip adn Movement
  •  10 Basic Strokes
  •   Posture
  •   V Shape
  •  O Shape
  •   Upward Stroke
  •   Tips and Tricks
  •  Properly Connect
  •   Using Brush Pens

About the Author

Manix Abrera
Comic Book Artist, Cartoonist

5 courses

Manuel “Manix” Abrera graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines Diliman. His comic strip Kikomachine runs from Monday to Saturday in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and currently appears in twelve book compilations published by Visprint. His webcomic News Hardcore! appears weekly on GMA News Online. He also has wordless graphic novels titled “12” and “14”. He has won the National Book Awards for his books “14” (2015) and News Hardcore: Hukbong Sandatahan ng Kahaggardan! (2016). He is a very kind person.