Thank you David,
I will work on my standard italic first. I think I previously thought the cursive writes differently than italic by linking every letter in very few strokes. It appears to me now that cursive italic writes very similar to italic. The only difference is "linking" them with a longer "tail" on each letter but it does not necessary require everything to write in a single stroke - could anyone confirm this please?
I tried to find some example in youtube to confirm whether this is true but it seems there is no one writing cursive italic.
Anyway, I will work on my italic and hopefully one day you will see my improvement!
I think the reason you are not finding cursive italic instruction on youtube.com is that everyone starts with more formal italic. In Episode 10 and 11 of the instructional series that Lloyd Reynolds made for Oregon Public TV, he discussed joins. Here is a link. I hope it gets you there!
Please note that Reynolds is talking to beginners and to those who are teaching beginners. He would probably be much less didactic and more permissive if talking to experienced writers of italic. I conclude this from examining Reynolds' own cursive italic in copies of letters he wrote.
In cursive italic, the "links" are generally referred to as "joins." Now, there is some disagreement about the "rules" of joining. To a degree it's a matter of preference and your own sense of what works. However, I think all agree that some letters are easier to join to their neighbors than others, for example "n" is easy to join to both the preceding and the following letters. On the other hand, "b" is difficult to join to the preceding letter and probably should never be joined to the following letter. (Some may dispute even this!) I don't think any one would say that joining every letter in a word is necessary to qualify as cursive italic.
I think some study of what the respected teachers teach is worthwhile, but, as has been said, your own usage can grow organically as you gain proficiency. You don't need to rush it.
Edited by dms525, 01 March 2014 - 06:01.