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Script Analysis - Script Practise 3

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18 July 2007

Script Analysis - Script Practise 3

I marked up the practise I did in Script Practise 2 :-

There are a few letter malformations, and I've only just now worked out how to do a descender serif that I like, but the major problem was the spacing.

The 1 p.w. spacing between the letters was pretty good.

The problems were

* I'm not turning my pen back to 45 degrees after doing a diamond at 60 degrees, so the verticals are too skinny.

* the spacing between the words is a bit variable - generally being too large.

Note : looking at the Bedford P, the 1 p.w. spacing between two words seems to have the following rule :

if the first word ends in a hook serif, (eg u, i, n, m, a, c, e, f, l etc) and the second word starts with a hook serif : the 1 p.w. is measured from the end of that last hook serif of the first word to the start of the hook serif on the first letter of the next word, not the last and first vertical (as you'd think).
This can give what appears to be inconsistent inter-word spacing, if you don't take the serifs into account, or they are faintly written.

if one or other of the two words has a hook serif but the other doesn't : the 1 p.w. space is measured between the serif and the vertial (eg ----d u-----, or ----n g---)

if neither the first word ends in a hook serif, nor the second word start with one : the 1 p.w. is measured between the verticals (eg ----g b----, or -----h c-----)

This also applies to pen flourishes (tho they tend to be below the baseline) and punctuation.

Gosh, that took a lot of words to explain!

I did another line, thinking about this issues as I went. It's a bit better, but I'm really tired at the moment, so it's not brilliant.

I'm not being picky, noticing all these errors. I don't want to get into the habit of doing the wrong thing, and then having to unlearn the incorrect habit and re-learn the right way later on.
It is a bit like patting my head and rubbing my tummy as I write tho, as I have so many things to think about.

I'm using the Bedford P page as a source at the moment, as it's basically a 'cheat sheet' showing everything correctly (except where the scribe made mistakes *grin*). I'll move onto pangrams and other sentences later.

I'm trying to strike a balance between not copying the same sentence too many times (and hence just learning those particular combinations of letters), and writing it often enough that the corrections stick in my brain instead of getting lost as I get distracted by new mistakes and issues.

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