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General Categories => Spencerian Script => Topic started by: baodingball on September 29, 2016, 07:01:08 AM

Hello everyone. I saw a post of E. W. Bloser's Madarasz letter and it fascinated me. So I tried to find some reference materials. I found ¨Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship by Parker Zaner Bloser. On page 4, Study of Forms, sample characters can be found. I am not exactly sure if this is the exact forms used by Bloser on his famous letter, but I think it is close. Anyway, the sample form has main slant guides plotted to indicate the width of each letter, and I thought I really need this. However, I do not know the distance between the slants. It only says 50 degrees for the main slant and 25 degrees for the connective slant. So I tried to plot this in Inkscape and I got this (see attachment). Given a xheight, I copied the lines then rotate it 50 degrees (red lines). This formed the rhombus grids. I then plot some line along the longer diagonals (blue lines) and these line measured exactly 25 degrees. My question is, did I get the distance of the main slant right? I have problems controlling the width of my characters and I thought plotting Main Slant Guides will help me. I will appreciate any feedback. Thanks.

Hi @baodingball, I think you're pretty close indeed.
I would be most happy to explain how I went about measuring the main slant distances in Plate 2 of The New Spencerian Compendium, but any other outcome than what you have now would result in a connective slant that's different from what Bloser specifies in his exemplar.
In any case, what I did was measure in an image editor the number of pixels taken up by as many xheights I could select, and then divide that number by the number of selected xheights. You could do the same with the grid cell widths, measuring them along the horizontal. With these two averages you could work out the ratio you're after.
Hope this helps!