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Lowercase cursive "r"  

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

    • 1. Upright stroke followed by a small "hook".
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    • 2. Slanted upstroke, then a gentle slide downwards, followed by a steep curve downwards.
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    • 3. I always capitalize the "R" (even within lowercase text).
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    • 4. Some other way (feel free to specify below).
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    • 5. I always skip the lowercase letter "r" when I write anything!
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Interesting little thread. I used to use #1 for every 'r' but lately I have been retraining myself to use the Spencerian or Alternative English versions.

 

Mind you, I am still a rank beginner, and as such don't know my 'r's from my elbow. http://www.dharmawheel.net/images/smilies/shrug.gif

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  • 2 weeks later...
Abner C. Kemp

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8354912678_245e8f1178_b.jpg

 

This is what my lowercase R's look like as well. Somewhat similar to #2 in the poll but without the drastic slant and with a bit of a dip at the stem.

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While I know they should look like the #2, when I get in a hurry, they usually turn out like little mounds......

I was taught #2 in primary school, and I've never had a reason to change, but this ^^^ is often my result as well.

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I do #1 in print, #2 in cursive, but my "r" in cursive is more vertical like the symbol for "pi" then slanted like that.

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Look at those of Bill Lilly; I find them, though made with an oblique pen holder and nib, to be most beautifully perfect.

 

I know that it's just a matter of opinion, but I much prefer 18th century English Roundhand -

the epitome of elegance in handwriting.

 

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd289/caliken_2007/Untitled-rs400.jpg

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Mind you, I am still a rank beginner, and as such don't know my 'r's from my elbow. http://www.dharmawheel.net/images/smilies/shrug.gif

 

I love me a little calligraphy humor!

 

 

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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

 

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd289/caliken_2007/fivelettersr600.jpg

Thank you! I've been struggling with the Copperplate certain and the alternate you've provided seems to help me!

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the_gasman

Inflammatory comment follows:

 

#1 is the ONLY proper lower-case "r".

All the others are mere representations of an " r", intended for either aesthetic appeal or to facilitate cursive writing. I suspect that all children learn that #1 is an "r" when they are taught the alphabet.

 

The only people that I know to use the #2 "r" are the elderly (defined as older than me!) and calligraphers. In fact, I had forgotten about #2 until I joined FPN a few months ago.

 

Is it possible that there is a trans-Atlantic difference in its use?

 

Cheers, David.

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Vlad Soare

Number 5 (with its variant no. 3) is the only one that's taught in schools over here. And it was the same thirty years ago, when I was in school. It's also the same handwritten r that my parents learned in school.

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The way I was taught cursive/script, the lowercase "r" is written like #2 of the poll. In practice for me, the "gentle slide downwards" isn't always prominent. Sometimes it almost blends into the "steep curve downwards", resulting in what looks more like two lines for the letter than three.

 

Edit: Since this thread is in the calligraphy section, I should probably mention that when I do calligraphy, I write my letters the way the alphabet I'm using does. So it could take any number of forms then.

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______Zaphod_Beeblebrox

I was trained at a young age to be a draftsman and so even tho those days are gone (#%?! Computers) I still typically write everything uppercase, if I want "lower case" I just print smaller.

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I'm trying to learn engrossers and I'm writing my r's like a combination of the Spencerian and alternate roundhand (3 and 5)

 

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