The above is a version of Gothic textura quadrata (which means 'woven-looking', because it's carefully done, and 'four-cornered', because the letters have a rectangular, blocky shape). There are other names: English Roundhand (do not confuse with other Roundhands written with a broad nib), Engrosser's Hand, etc.
But calligraphy skills include the ability to draw letterforms such as Roman Monumental Capitals, and Versals, which are often coloured in or made to look three-dimensional, so I see no reason why bubble letters shouldn't also be on the menu. There is more on Copperplate in her follow-up on cursive calligraphic alphabets, Italic and Copperplate Calligraphy. They're great for humorous or cheerful titles which appeal to the eye and are not intended to be taken too seriously.As you can see, there's a variety of shading and lighting effects going on above a€“ I was experimenting.
Most of the effects use pen, brushes and artist's gouache but here and there I've done a bit of photoshopping, too.This alphabet's my own design.
I wanted to make bubble letters actually based on a circle, rather than drawn as outlines round a standard Roman capital letter. The process for each letter is described in three pages, starting here, or you might like this overview of bubble-letter forms.
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