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My Handwriting: October 2018 V. May 2019



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morethanjustacat

...as the title suggests. This was a generative writing exercise we had in English class back in October, and today I thought I'd do a rewrite of it to see the change in my handwriting ever since I started using fountain pens. These were both done at fairly rapid speeds, and so therefore may not be the best in terms of legibility. Nevertheless, IMO, my handwriting looks nicer now; it's more relaxed & refined. Thoughts?

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Looks very nice, I agree it definitely looks improved, it does look relaxed and refined.

If I may offer one small criticism, I think more consistency and accuracy with your 't' s and a bit less backward slant on your 'd' s would greatly improve legibility and overall flow.

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morethanjustacat

Thanks for the feedback! I do realize that my "t"s and my "d"s get a bit out of hand when I'm writing quickly... I'll try to rein them in more.

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Karmachanic

Thanks for the feedback! I do realize that my "t"s and my "d"s get a bit out of hand when I'm writing quickly... I'll try to rein them in more.

 

Nah! Leave 'em the way they are. More character and individuality.

"Simplicate and add Lightness."

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Nah! Leave 'em the way they are. More character and individuality.

 

You're so kind! I think I'll curb them a bit for any assignments I have to turn in, & let them gallop free otherwise :)

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I think most people would have been very happy, even after a lot of exercise, to have handwriting as legible as what you started with; so your improvements, while noticeable, are really just icing on the cake. Your lower case letters have become more consistent in height and in landing on the baseline, and there is a bit more breathing room between letters now. I write my lower case "d" the same way and think it looks fine in your handwriting. I would suggest, though, toning down the long sine wave "t" cross bar, as it tends to draw attention to itself and away from the meaning of the text. Better to strive for overall visual harmony than excessive flourish in particular letters, in my opinion, if the writing is meant primarily to be communicative and not an art form in itself.

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I think most people would have been very happy, even after a lot of exercise, to have handwriting as legible as what you started with; so your improvements, while noticeable, are really just icing on the cake. Your lower case letters have become more consistent in height and in landing on the baseline, and there is a bit more breathing room between letters now. I write my lower case "d" the same way and think it looks fine in your handwriting. I would suggest, though, toning down the long sine wave "t" cross bar, as it tends to draw attention to itself and away from the meaning of the text. Better to strive for overall visual harmony than excessive flourish in particular letters, in my opinion, if the writing is meant primarily to be communicative and not an art form in itself.

 

Thank you for your comment! I think using a fountain pen has aided me in relaxing my hand, and therefore my handwriting. Fun fact: I actually stole the way I write my "d"s from my Latin teacher; it was always very pleasing to look at the swooshes he made on the chalkboard. And yes, you're absolutely right about the "t" bars; I am well aware that my "t"s can get a little too crazy when I'm writing fast, so I do try to tone them down a bit when writing assignments. That said, I really hope the graders of my AP English & US History exams didn't have too much trouble deciphering my essays..

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I think your style is super fun! I like both the ds and the ts although when they were both in the same word it did look a little chaotic. Personally, I think your quirky style is great; and its still very legible! Ive noticed that that seems to be the theme with people talking about old cursive or trying to improve their handwriting - balancing legibility and prettiness. I think youre achieving it well.

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morethanjustacat

I think your style is super fun! I like both the ds and the ts although when they were both in the same word it did look a little chaotic. Personally, I think your quirky style is great; and its still very legible! Ive noticed that that seems to be the theme with people talking about old cursive or trying to improve their handwriting - balancing legibility and prettiness. I think youre achieving it well.

 

Thank you! I'm glad you think so :)

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penzel_washinkton

I am no handwriting aficionado but I rather enjoy that horizontal stroke for the capital "t".

It gives your writing character.

 

Right now I model my capital "t" after SBRE Brown's since it can be done in one stroke.

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morethanjustacat

Thank you! I remember being inspired by the swooping crossbars of "t"s in calligraphy, & thus made a conscious change in my handwriting. I've never looked back since.

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Thanks for the feedback! I do realize that my "t"s and my "d"s get a bit out of hand when I'm writing quickly... I'll try to rein them in more.

 

 

 

Nah! Leave 'em the way they are. More character and individuality.

 

The overall effect of those Ts is mesmerizing. I agree with Karmachanic. Keep up the good work.

I love the smell of fountain pen ink in the morning.

 

 

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