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Cursive Lowercase "r"


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Poll: Lowercase cursive "r" (586 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". (171 votes [27.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.27%

  2. 2. Slanted upstroke, then a gentle slide downwards, followed by a steep curve downwards. (396 votes [63.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.16%

  3. 3. I always capitalize the "R" (even within lowercase text). (8 votes [1.28%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.28%

  4. 4. Some other way (feel free to specify below). (48 votes [7.66%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.66%

  5. 5. I always skip the lowercase letter "r" when I write anything! (4 votes [0.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.64%

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#141 Chrissy

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 08:30

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

From left to right they are :-

English Roundhand (Copperplate)
Engrosser's Script
Spencerian Script
Italic
Alternative English Roundhand (Copperplate)

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fivelettersr600.jpg

 

Thank you. I found these really helpful too.  :)


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#142 aawhite

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Posted 02 December 2015 - 00:34

If I am writing normal speed, my "r" looks like the #2 sample in the OP.

If I am writing fast, it looks like a cursive "i" without the dot.


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#143 twigletzone

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 12:24

I went with option 1 because it's fairly close to what I do (see below).

As for the second character in the OP's image, I'd love to be able to talk to the person/people who decided to write a cursive lowercase 'r' that way in the first place. Not trying to to offend anyone, but every time I see someone write an 'r' like that I cringe and can't help but think they need to be shown what an 'r' actually looks like :headsmack: .


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This is how I do it. Except with me it tends to spread out until it looks like a V, or just get squashed completely into a sort of twitch in the heart-monitor line. (One of my 2016 projects is polishing up my handwriting a bit!)



#144 Hypocaffeinic

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 09:17

Number 4 if the 'r' starts a lowercase word, like 'right'; and number 5 if the 'r' appears midway through a word, like 'wrong'. 

 

ETA: Sorry, for context I'm talking about the image posted by Ken Fraser! 

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Edited by Hypocaffeinic, 11 January 2016 - 09:18.

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#145 Kuhataparunks

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 09:56

I love writing the letter r, but sometimes (like in the third line) I kind of mess up and end up writing a blob.
I write a combination of cursive and printed letters, whatever requires the most fluid strokes for me. This is an interesting discussion. R has gotten me for quite a while now and still does sometimes :)

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#146 kapanak

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Posted 08 March 2016 - 04:44

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

From left to right they are :-

English Roundhand (Copperplate)
Engrosser's Script
Spencerian Script
Italic
Alternative English Roundhand (Copperplate)

caliken

fivelettersr600.jpg

 

I'm glad I'm not the only person confused by lowercase 'r' since I was taught cursive.

 

Depending on how speed or what I am writing, in order from fast to slow cursive. it could be 1, 3 or 5 above for cursive r.


Edited by kapanak, 08 March 2016 - 09:01.


#147 AAAndrew

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 02:11

What's amazing to me is that this rather simple question can generate 145 responses. Ken must have really struck a nerve. 

 

I'm totally a combination of three and five now that I've been writing with dip pens for over six months. 


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#148 Rednaxela

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 14:41

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

From left to right they are :-

English Roundhand (Copperplate)
Engrosser's Script
Spencerian Script
Italic
Alternative English Roundhand (Copperplate)

caliken

fivelettersr600.jpg

 

Version #5 for me. I can see myself moving to #3 one day though. Sometimes I try just out of curiosity, but I seem to find it very hard to get rid of the sharper upper right curve. This will probably take some extensive and more focused relearning.

 

 

 

 

Edit: fixed typo.


Edited by Rednaxela, 13 April 2016 - 14:42.

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#149 BJT

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Posted 14 May 2016 - 18:33

I think 2 looks better if you can do it properly but I can't do it that well so I do 1.

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 20:32

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Posted 16 June 2016 - 18:32

Here are both. The one on the left is not comfortable for me. I prefer to write, and to read, the one on the right, which is a mixture of 3 and 5. 

 

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#152 cleosmama

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 00:01

In Ken Fraser's samples, my "r" looks most like the one on the far right (#5). 



#153 GuilhermeAtencio

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 18:23

I switch between 1 and 2.



#154 escribo

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 19:47

In Ken Fraser's example I try (and fail--I'm working on it) for his #5, with or without the flex. It doesn't come out that way, as I can't, for some reason, maintain the continuous flow. So it looks more like #3, (where there is a break in the action between the upstroke and finishing the "r") but not near as nice. I think what I'm doing is sort of emulating an Anglo-Saxon (think Beowulf manuscript) "r" without the descender on the vertical stroke.

 

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Edited by escribo, 07 March 2017 - 19:49.

I may not have been much help, but I DID bump your thread up to the top.


#155 Patricius

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 17:28

AAAndrew's second illustrates mine as well, although mine is far less elegantly done -- a rather late post. I chiefly posted to thank the person who made mention of the palaeographic origin of what I would have called the cursive r.



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Posted 25 June 2017 - 11:43

My "r" doesn't really fit into the examples. Therefore a quick scan.

 

 

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