Letter Strokes, Continued
Basic strokes of
Script letters are based on handwriting. The letter forms made by the six
basic strokes are rounded and flowing. One letter leads into another with
hairlines that sweep up to join main stems. These hairlines are called kerns.
Kerns should join the main stems at exactly the same height on every stem.
The angle kerns form at letter stem bases should be uniform. To make
kerns, allow your stroke to suddenly and decisively sweep up toward the
position of the next letter stem. This upward sweep forms the curve at the
bottom of the stem. Do not expect to complete the kern in one action. Draw
the main stem of the next letter. Return to the stem of that letter and with
one downward stroke, draw a hairline to meet the kern extending up from the
base of the previous letters stem.
Figure 5-32 illustrates the steps for drawing kerns in script lettering.
Figure 5-32.Steps for drawing kerns in script letters.