I wanted to add in another tutorial about lettering, just a little more specific. In this first image you can see are four different ways to write God. The second one is just simple printed capital letters. But when you add or stretch those simple shapes, you can get very different results. And it doesn't take much. The first one I drew the letters, then went back and added the curls. The third one is an example of adding a serif: a little line at the top and bottom of any straight lines.
The bottom one is an example of what happens when you stretch the letters to long and thin. You can see it especially below in the word PREVAILED. Remember those lined papers little kids use? It is the same concept except the middle line is much closer to the top:
I also wanted to include some step by step diagrams of drawing squared bubble letters. This isn't any different than what we used to doodle in notebooks in junior high. But sometimes a good visual is nice, right? So above I broke down how to draw an e and below I did the word LIFE. Mostly these are just rectangles!
Tips for good handwriting:
- keep your paper close
- don't hold the writing instrument too tight!
- try not to press too hard--a lot of times people are just using entirely too much pressure. If you can feel your writing on the back, you are gripping the instrument and pushing. Just relax your hand and pull back a little.
- start at the top! In calligraphy and penmanship you ALWAYS start drawing a letter at the top and work your way down. This helps keep letters the same size also!
- in cursive, lean all the letters the same way.
Hope this helps a little!