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#1 PanchoElizalde

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 02:30

I'm 3an old left handed writer. I love use fountain pens and I like to improve my hand writing.

All books reccomended in this forum are before the left handed people were enable to use left hand.

Do you know any good text for left handed imrovement hand writing?

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#2 BDarchitect

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 04:26

Hello Pancho-  We are probably a similar vintage, and I am also a left handed writer.  I have recently been training myself to change from side writing to under writing, and am enjoying writing now for the first time in my life, especially with fountain pens.

I have purchased a number of guide books that have been helpful in different ways, and these are the ones I would suggest-

Write Now, by Barbara Getty and Inga Dubay is very helpful and addresses the particular issues facing lefties.  Even more attention to left handed writers is given in Improve Your Handwriting, by Rosemary Sassoon.  Neither are very expensive but both offer excellent penmanship advice for contemporary italic writing styles.  If you are hoping to improve a more traditional handwriting style, say a Palmer Method style, then Michael Sull's The Art of Cursive Penmanship is very helpful with some instruction for lefties (though the book itself is wire bound which, for a lefty, gets in the way of using many of the practice lines on the pages).  That is available at Goulet Pens dot com for about $20 US plus shipping.  

Improve Your Handwriting is good at continual reference to lefties through the text, but most other books include a couple of paragraphs at the beginning about proper pen grip and paper orientation and then never come back to discussing the unique challenges lefties face pushing a pen nib, connecting letters, crossing t's, etc.  

There is also a small book by Vance Studley written in the '70s called Left-Handed Calligraphy, which is exclusively written for lefties.  Still in print for about $7 US, and full of examples of many classic broad nib alphabet styles.

You might also look for YouTube videos by John DeCollibus, who is an accomplished left handed calligrapher. 

 

Good luck, improving your penmanship is a totally worthwhile endeavor!  Be patient and stick to it, the old brain/hand habits take a while to undo and retrain.



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 04:12

I’m a southpaw who varies between overhand, sidehand and a couple of eccentric variants. I’m not especially systematic about my writing at all, but every animation professional is essentially an amateur forger. So what I’ve mostly done is learn to forge the styles I like: most recently Edward Johnston’s script, which is very upright and handsome; relatively easy to do with the left hand. The downside is the limited number of examples and total lack of instruction in it. That said, it’s appealing and very legible.

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 15:57

Hello Pancho-  We are probably a similar vintage, and I am also a left handed writer.  I have recently been training myself to change from side writing to under writing, and am enjoying writing now for the first time in my life, especially with fountain pens.

I have purchased a number of guide books that have been helpful in different ways, and these are the ones I would suggest-

Write Now, by Barbara Getty and Inga Dubay is very helpful and addresses the particular issues facing lefties.  Even more attention to left handed writers is given in Improve Your Handwriting, by Rosemary Sassoon.  Neither are very expensive but both offer excellent penmanship advice for contemporary italic writing styles.  If you are hoping to improve a more traditional handwriting style, say a Palmer Method style, then Michael Sull's The Art of Cursive Penmanship is very helpful with some instruction for lefties (though the book itself is wire bound which, for a lefty, gets in the way of using many of the practice lines on the pages).  That is available at Goulet Pens dot com for about $20 US plus shipping.  

Improve Your Handwriting is good at continual reference to lefties through the text, but most other books include a couple of paragraphs at the beginning about proper pen grip and paper orientation and then never come back to discussing the unique challenges lefties face pushing a pen nib, connecting letters, crossing t's, etc.  

There is also a small book by Vance Studley written in the '70s called Left-Handed Calligraphy, which is exclusively written for lefties.  Still in print for about $7 US, and full of examples of many classic broad nib alphabet styles.

You might also look for YouTube videos by John DeCollibus, who is an accomplished left handed calligrapher. 

 

Good luck, improving your penmanship is a totally worthwhile endeavor!  Be patient and stick to it, the old brain/hand habits take a while to undo and retrain.

 

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I'm glad to read about others having the same struggles as myself.  I'd say try to get or read as many varied books as possible, but then experiment for yourself.  My handwriting is still not great, but when I found authors who suggested concentrating on comfort, rhythm, and relaxed grip, my ability to write legibly changed considerably.  I also now write with the paper on my right tilted some.  That helps, too.  Keep experimenting and try things until you find your own sweet spot.  I have a copy of the Getty Dubay book and the Vance Studley book and refer back to them regularly, so that's a great place to start.  



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Posted 26 July 2019 - 10:56

I'm also an (old) leftie. Never have been an overwriter but I figure in my childhood I was I side writer, because I remember hansmearing and how uncomfortable it was to use spiral-bound notebooks. I also have the Getty and Dubay book and highly recommend it. My current handwriting evolved from the italic they teach!

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 17:47

Rosemary Sassoon, a leading authority on handwriting, wrote 'Improving Your Handwriting' specifically for adults who want to do just that. It has advice for lefties. Amazon stocks it.

Edited by ParramattaPaul, 07 September 2019 - 17:48.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 06:15

I restarted trying for cursive clarity with my left hand again two years ago (I am 78) and with some practice  am almost to the point of readability.  I am an underwriter who is still trying to NOT slant my paper. This makes for a challenge. 

 

In grammar school in the 1940s and 50's they would not tolerate overwriting and remained suspicious of side writers . So in junior high -- tired of passing spelling tests on approximate illegibilities, I was given and Underwood portable typewriter and ribbons by my parents.  But no instructions on how to keyboard the darned thing -- but I got through college and military service using the six finger method.  This is funny for a writer - my career being in news, radio, television and marketing.

 

My scrawl at 76 when I started was more like fly specs and hen scratches than handwriting.

 

I looked, searched, dug and spent hours on-line trying to find solid advice. I spent way too much on used books heralded to be  to be for lefties.  All seemingly were turned out by righties taking pity on we few of the left handed disability. Even the Studley book was daringly light on advice that worked for me.  

 

Then, I finally remembered that my genius middle son had similar problems in school, and invented his own very readable version of the alphabet which allowed him to be a speed demon taking notes and writing essays and notes.   In some ways it crossed Elvish from the Lord of the Rings with clean block lettering.

 

From that remembrance I started working on my own approach to script. A bit from here, a letter or two from there -- some practice and change to make it seem uniform and it, for me, started to work.  

 

Several friends and editors have seen my new approach and even claimed that they could read it.  While I am not happy with it yet, and have lost some momentum to illness and hospital visits, I found support and help In these forums and particularly.  On pen choice,  how to treat nibs and feeds and with friendly correspondence, Honeybadgers has been an immense help, even though he is a righty writer with great handwriting.

 

Early on here I suggested a topic set for lefties, but the moderators have somewhat rightfully felt that that there is a lot to be learned from the other topics and categories here as I would search for them -- where lefties might be tempted to go only to the one category.

 

Today I have downloaded many alphabet examples, tried Spencerian guides, traced letters, even tried old exercises as taught years ago.Some of it has been useful, but the greatest thing I have learned is to get comfortable after learning that righties drag the nib when we have to push, Compensate for that and invent your own personal look that you find well written. Then, it is only practice, handwritten correspondence and journaling for your own satisfaction that will "make things better."

 

For some, this may be a tall order, but for lefties of my (and from your picture) your age too) it seems to be the only sane advice I can give that is workoing for me.



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 22:54

Chmara- would you post photos of your Elvish-derivative handwriting with some explanation of the speed and legibility tricks?  Whether you have mastered it or not, your description is quite intriguing.

And, for what its worth, I would definitely support a separate left handed forum. 



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Posted 16 November 2019 - 20:36

Ive put a little bit of Secretary Hand back into my Johnston-derived script: Ive always been charmed by its backward ascenders. The result is still rather scrawley, but its decently legible: an example is posted below.
Id tell my fellow lefties to strike out on their own.
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Posted 28 November 2019 - 02:27

Those are some serious descenders, Sid!


Edited by BDarchitect, 28 November 2019 - 02:27.


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Posted 06 December 2019 - 01:41

I suppose I should scale the whole thing down...or start double-spacing.







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