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Illustrating mistake #147--Lack of Confidence
« on: August 03, 2016, 11:59:09 AM »
I rarely post practice pages, as my self criticism is perhaps more severe than any I would receive here, but am posting this one to point out a mistake not often discussed--namely, lack of confidence. In making long strokes in Spencerian, which necessitate using full arm movement, as in the crossing of the small t in this example, it is important to make the stroke without any hesitancy, but rather with confidence (even if you doubt your skill level). If you are thinking about just where the stroke should go, or its exact shape, while you are making it, it will show as unevenness, as in this example. The strokes below this example were made without regard to exact shape and placement and are more pleasing to the eye.
So, Spencerian practitioners--BE BOLD

For those who have an interest, this example is after E. A. Lupfer, as seen in Michael Sull's Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship, Vol. 2. No attempt was made to duplicate Lupfer's 47 degree slant, though--I stuck with 52 degrees
« Last Edit: August 03, 2016, 12:04:39 PM by AnasaziWrites »

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Re: Illustrating mistake #147--Lack of Confidence
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2016, 01:03:51 PM »
I love this advice! I encounter this all the time in my practice. Sometimes it's so hard to just jump off the diving board with movement, but confidence makes a huge difference with fluidity and line quality.

The crossbar on your first t looks really lovely and bold :).

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Re: Illustrating mistake #147--Lack of Confidence
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2016, 06:26:24 PM »
Mistake #147 is my specialty.
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Re: Illustrating mistake #147--Lack of Confidence
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2016, 01:11:55 AM »
+1

Thank you so much for this advice and especially for illustrating it!

I guess this is what makes muscle memory so important. My dilemma is that I can be bold, but the shapes are then often rubbish. Spencerian capital P is an example of where this seems to occur all the time. I marvel at people who just know where to go with their pen.
-- Alexander --

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Re: Illustrating mistake #147--Lack of Confidence
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2016, 11:42:59 AM »
Sometimes it's so hard to just jump off the diving board with movement, but confidence makes a huge difference with fluidity and line quality.

Be Brave.
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Re: Illustrating mistake #147--Lack of Confidence
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2016, 02:43:53 PM »
@AnasaziWrites  hahahahaha!!!
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Re: Illustrating mistake #147--Lack of Confidence
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2016, 03:49:08 PM »
haha @AnasaziWrites you certainly did illustrate the point! I love that (nice P, btw). Thanks for the smile today :).

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Re: Illustrating mistake #147--Lack of Confidence
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2016, 11:30:36 AM »
Thank you for sharing your practice page. The advice to be bold is sooo true. But it's so hard! A beautiful page of Spencerian is a nothing-can-go-wrong, let's-align-all-the-planets in one go kind of endeavor that makes is so daunting. Once that ink touches the paper it will tell the whole story of your movement. So scary. (Also, I can't swim  ;D )