Calligraphy Italic Capitals: K-Z : Calligraphy Italics: Pen Twist Stroke

Calligraphy Italic Capitals: K-Z : Calligraphy Italics: Pen Twist Stroke


The trick to getting a graceful N is to twist
the pen. And the pen twisting, creates a letter that looks like this as opposed to a letter
that looks like this. So if the natural pen angle here is 40 degrees, which will give
us a fairly thick line like this, we are going to twist the pen angle up higher. So that
when we make the first stroke of the N, it’s a narrower stroke. Then we are going to use
the regular pen angle here, twist high again here and make a thin stroke. That way we get
a letter that matches the flow of thick and thin that we have in the other letters. So,
a little device for remembering that the N starts out with a twisted stroke is to think,
N for narrow when you start this letter. If you do that, then you’ll twist your pen angle,
you’ll make a thin stroke and the next stroke will be fat. As naturally happens because
of the diagonal of the stroke. There you go.

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