Letter Strokes, Continued
Basic strokes of
Roman-style letters are thick-and-thin letters without extensive
ornamentation; therefore, it is a good alphabet to begin hand lettering. Hold
the carpenters pencil so that the square-chiseled point makes an approximate
30-degree angle to the lettering guidelines. Practice the six basic strokes of
hand lettering. Notice that the pencil lead automatically makes the strokes
thick or thin based on the direction of stroke. Once comfortable with the
basic strokes, begin combining strokes to form letters.
Figure 5-31 shows the six basic strokes, the sequence, and the direction each
stroke is made to form the roman-style alphabet.
Figure 5-31.The six basic strokes in the formation of the roman-
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