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Show & Tell / An attempt at "running hand"
« on: November 23, 2020, 05:30:17 PM »
Running Hand is something you will see in the historical specimens by Golden Age penmen. My attempt is only a rough idea of what they were capable of, but the idea is to compress the letterforms vertically and stretch out the spacing horizontally while simplifying forms wherever possible. This results in a hand where you feel like you are constantly moving to the right with little interruptions in between to make ascending and descending strokes. I don't think it is necessarily a faster hand, but more of a flowing hand. And definitely hard to read!

Wish I could find a sample of running hand by one of the masters. I'm attaching the closest thing I could find after searching my digital archives. It shows some of the aspects of the running hand in more of an Ornamental style.

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Rajiv and the Morgan Library put together this interesting 2-part series on letter writing:


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