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Offline Elisabeth_M

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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #90 on: July 06, 2015, 11:31:37 AM »
I'm learning Italic and the two things I've been focusing on are, 1. making my letters exactly like the exemplar and not doing my own thing, and 2. getting a consistent slant to my letters.  I am working through Fred Eager's Italic Handwriting for Young People (which I found at a used book store) and his letters are at a 5 degree slant.  But, I have difficulty maintaining such a slight angle.  My natural tendency is to do something closer to 10 degrees.
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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #91 on: July 06, 2015, 09:54:23 PM »
For 6 months I've just copied the Spencerian look and had fun. I should have seriously dug right in and started where one is supposed to, real practice & study at the beginning. Currently I am learning and practicing lowercase letters. Noticed this today: the lowercase d stem is not as high as the l, h, b, k. Or, the descender on the p & q is not as long as the f, g & y. Oh, my head hurts.
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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #92 on: July 12, 2015, 06:28:01 AM »
Hairlines, still.  I'm very happy about some progress, though.  When I first started, I tried the Gillott 303.  It snagged so much that I dubbed it 'Snagmaster' and stopped using it.  Eventually, my focus on hairlines led me to try it again.  I just went through a practice sheet (including oval drills and push-pull drills) and some doodling without a single snag.  Very gratifying to see that progress.

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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #93 on: July 12, 2015, 11:23:27 AM »
Hairlines, still.  I'm very happy about some progress, though.  When I first started, I tried the Gillott 303.  It snagged so much that I dubbed it 'Snagmaster' and stopped using it.  Eventually, my focus on hairlines led me to try it again.  I just went through a practice sheet (including oval drills and push-pull drills) and some doodling without a single snag.  Very gratifying to see that progress.

Yay! That was my same experience with some nibs, especially the Gillott 303. It's always satisfying when you get to the point of being able to use sharp nibs :). The Gillott 303 is now one of my favorites.

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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #94 on: July 19, 2015, 05:56:34 PM »
I am working on flourished capitals in copperplate... I've got a few of them down pat, but struggle a lot with S, P, and C - which feel like everyone else's best letters!!!  :o

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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #95 on: July 23, 2015, 12:55:26 PM »
Increasing my speed.

Also, lightness of hand.

And ascenders.

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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #96 on: July 24, 2015, 01:20:04 AM »
Hairlines, still.  I'm very happy about some progress, though.  When I first started, I tried the Gillott 303.  It snagged so much that I dubbed it 'Snagmaster' and stopped using it.  Eventually, my focus on hairlines led me to try it again.  I just went through a practice sheet (including oval drills and push-pull drills) and some doodling without a single snag.  Very gratifying to see that progress.

I'm working on miniscules right now and have been using the Gillott 303. I have to agree with you Matthew that this nib gives me the trouble with the snags. I'm working on the lightness of my hand especially with the downstrokes - I tend to apply too much pressure (I have a heavy hand).

I found the increasing my writing speed helps with the snagging of the nib. I am so used to using my titanium zebra g and switching to the gillott 303 is going to take some time to get used to.
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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #97 on: August 15, 2015, 09:19:41 AM »
Capital stems...

...and 'a'...

...and ascenders...

...and speed.

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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #98 on: August 15, 2015, 11:50:01 AM »
Working on a, d, g, q, trying to get that negative space in the middle identical in all of them.
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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #99 on: August 16, 2015, 09:21:32 AM »
Right now I am dropping Engravers script for a couple of days. I have ordered a DVD by Bill Lilly (William). For those who do not know he is a member of the last graduating class of the Columbus Zanerian College. So I really hope I get some good tips from the DVD. He received a Gold Seal on his certificate in Engrosser’s script. The highest seal you can achieve.

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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #100 on: August 16, 2015, 09:53:40 AM »
@Brad --  I hope you will write a little review on the Lilly DVD!

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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #101 on: August 17, 2015, 02:25:02 AM »
Absolutely!

@Brad --  I hope you will write a little review on the Lilly DVD!

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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #102 on: August 17, 2015, 09:59:37 AM »
Still working on copperplate basics, especially consistency of spacing.

I'm also starting to try and develop an everyday hand that can be used for letters, etc... that doesn't require so much careful shading and has more flow. It would be nice if I could develop one hand that could be used with both semi-flex pointed pens as well as stub dip pens.
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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #103 on: August 23, 2015, 02:28:48 AM »
My favorite 'S' (I posted it on Instagram a while back, if anyone's curious about it)—working on the proportions and placement of the ovals.

's'—working on the compound curve and not lifting it from the baseline at the end.

'm'—working on maintaining curved turns and on consistency of turn size.

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Re: What are you working on improving right now?
« Reply #104 on: August 23, 2015, 04:50:13 AM »
It would be nice if I could develop one hand that could be used with both semi-flex pointed pens as well as stub dip pens.

My usual handwriting is heavily slanted and looks ridiculous with a stub, which is a pity ... however if I write the same way but upright it works a lot better.  Worth a try?