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Cursive Lowercase "r"


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Poll: Lowercase cursive "r" (642 member(s) have cast votes)

How do you write your cursive lowercase "r"? (please see picture)

  1. 1. Upright stroke followed by a small "hook". (192 votes [27.95%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.95%

  2. 2. Slanted upstroke, then a gentle slide downwards, followed by a steep curve downwards. (428 votes [62.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 62.30%

  3. 3. I always capitalize the "R" (even within lowercase text). (8 votes [1.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.16%

  4. 4. Some other way (feel free to specify below). (55 votes [8.01%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.01%

  5. 5. I always skip the lowercase letter "r" when I write anything! (4 votes [0.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.58%

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#101 kenfraser

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 10:23

I find it incredible that one lonely, minuscule letter can arouse such interest - 19,640 views in the last six months!!

If the same interest was shown in the rest of the 26 letters, this would result in a total of more than half a million views!!!

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Edited by Ken Fraser, 23 July 2014 - 10:24.


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#102 puppydawg

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 19:07

i voted for #2.  In the real world, it's almost always some variation of that - it never comes out looking quite right, but i'm making some progress...  some.  that's the way i was taught in elementary school, and i'm pretty sure that my mother uses the same style of 'r', so i learned that style from two sides.



#103 EJKorvette

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 00:11

I also voted for #2 because it's the closest to how I write my lower case r. Actually mine looks more like the Cyrillic letter Π than a classic cursive "r" but most people can read it.



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Posted 28 July 2014 - 16:18

I voted 2, although I am practicing to use the other variant of that, the one with the loop. The #2 variant is something I can never, ever understand, and is really hard for me to read, as well. Atm, if I don't pay attention to how I write, my r will look like a skinny V with a small line to the side :P


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 01:12

I voted 2, although I am practicing to use the other variant of that, the one with the loop. The #2 variant is something I can never, ever understand, and is really hard for me to read, as well. Atm, if I don't pay attention to how I write, my r will look like a skinny V with a small line to the side :P

 

I vote for 2 as well because it is kinda preparing your hand for proper Copperplate and Spencerian if you ever want to learn them later on. Because of college fast note taking, I've been writing 'r' - 1 style for a long long time due to the fact that it was a faster option and easier to read in small writing. However, I now need to re-do the bad habit to properly learn calligraphy.

 

In small hand writing though, I agree that it is quite tricky to write '2' nice and clean, especially when speed is needed. Time to time, i find myself with a notebook just write down "r" continuously like i was in elementary school. :( :blush: 



#106 Vlad Soare

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 13:59

Variant #2 is what I was taught in school, and what I always use. However, in practice I can never make it so beautiful when writing at normal speed. Mine usually looks like an upside down u, unless I take the time to draw it really slowly and consciously. I find it the most difficult letter to write in cursive script. 



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 14:17

Here are five letters 'r' which are currently in fairly common use.

 

 

That's really helpful... I always feel like a bit of a failure when I try to do my r's in spencerian / #2 in the original image so it's nice to know its "ok" to go for the "classic" lower case r  :)


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 14:19

 I notice you have two different types of "d"s. I tend to do the same.

 

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Edited by GTVi, 30 August 2014 - 14:20.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 07:51

 I notice you have two different types of "d"s. I tend to do the same.
 


And two different "t"s as well.

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 08:43

And two different "t"s as well.

Same here. I use the alternate forms for ending (and one beginning) letters.

Edited by AllenG, 31 August 2014 - 08:46.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 04:20

Has anyone else noticed that this thread spontaneously bumps itself to the top?

#112 GClef

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 05:34

I think that happens whenever someone votes in the poll.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 13:58

Ah. That makes sense.

#114 knarflj

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 17:21

I'm so glad you mentioned that: I've been wondering about it for months, and could never figure out why!


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#115 Vlad Soare

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 12:06

I'm curios, how did variant #2 emerge? It bears no resemblance to a printed r, neither uppercase nor lowercase.



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Posted 03 October 2014 - 13:38

My teaching showed us how to write as in the Spencerian style above, but the diagrams we followed (the green chalkboard representation cards with white letters on each card above the chalk board) also showed an example very similar to the English Roundhand above. As a young person, I always wrote more closely to the Spencerian, but as I got older (hey, not THAT old) I started to migrate more toward the Copperplate example which is where I believe gawain3's also fall.

 

Those are fantastic examples, Ken. I don't write Italic often, but the other 4 examples have been common for me at one point or another. At the moment I'm leaning toward the left side.


So, what's your point? (Mine is a flexible F.)

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 19:50

While the origin of my "r" is #2, it has softened into an awful parabola - no edges, utterly round, and sometimes indistinguishable from an 'n' or half of an 'm'.

 

Which is to say, there's a reason I'm in the penmanship forum, and it's not to dole out advice. 



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Posted 03 October 2014 - 19:56

I guess which one you choose depends on the place you were taught to write. Where I live, (1) is the most common, and I hardly ever see (2) personally.



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Posted 04 October 2014 - 02:32

I'm always working on consistency with this letter.

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#120 Vlad Soare

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 07:01

Thanks for posting this picture. That's exactly the form I've learned in school, with that loop in the upper left corner. 

I wonder how they came up with this strange form, considering it doesn't resemble a printed r at all, be it upper or lower case.  :unsure:


Edited by Vlad Soare, 04 October 2014 - 07:01.







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