Have you tried paper with slant rules? I made something with 55-degree slants here
, a .pdf at the bottom of the post. I made that for myself. Your results may vary.
Oooh, thanks. It does help in that I make fewer errors though my brain still does resist. Though with both the slant-ruled paper and
tilting the paper, this seems to make my brain give the least resistance.
I quite like upright handwriting, and yours is attractive as it is IMO.
However, if you want to try Spencerian or Copperplate, steeply sloped lettering is essential or the styles become something else. BTW I think that the sloped letters in your example, are already very good - it just takes time.
To help make the adjustment to sloped writing, you could try the same technique but at a much reduced slope, until you get used to the feeling.
Using this technique, the paper is always turned so that the slant line is pointing straight at you, at right angles to the edge of your desk. This applies whether it's 10 degrees for italic or 55 degrees for copperplate.
Please keep posting!
Aw, thanks for the compliments!
Regarding slants, 85 to 80 aren't too much of a problem to me. I think it's around 75 to 70 where my brain starts rebelling noticeably. I'll take your advice to take it easy next time I get a chance to.
I was taught upright cursive in England back in the 50's and have many times tried to improve the look by using slant. IMO it does look much better but not all will agree. I wrecked numerous pens writing slanted in school and gave up until just recently re-learnt the art with decent pens/nibs.
The clue to nice writing is not the angle but consistency. I think it is easier to write consistently at a slant than upright..... you only need to slope slightly eaither way a couple of times on a whole sheet of writing and it looks a mess immediately. If you try to slope 55degrees and miss by a couple of degrees it isn't so obvious. Our eye is trained to know perpendicular and NOT perpendicular.
All things in handwriting and typography are subjective. I like small x-heights and tall ascenders and deep descenders and I think these are why Bernhard Modern is one of my fave typefaces and why I gravitate towards Spencerian more than Copperplate. But I know lots of people look at my choices and think, "Wha?..." Slant, too, is like that. Generally, I like my writing to look less "forward" and more "upright" if that makes sense.
Being off by a few degrees when I'm going after that 55-degree slant, I don't notice when I'm writing. However, after I'm done and I'm criticizing my latest practice session, even slight mistakes feel like I'm off 180 degrees. And then it's even more discouraging that not only did my letterforms feel unnatural while writing them but they also look forced. But I think practicing handwriting etudes instead of whole sentences will give me more of the repetition I need to practice problem spots -- both in inconsistent slants and with letters that don't look naturally slanted so next time I'll try that.