Figure 123. Balance and uniformity
17. Fundamental Lettering Strokes.
Figures 124 and 125 include arrows and numbers that indicate the
direction and order of the strokes used to construct letters. Notice that
there are only six basic strokes you must learn in order to construct the
entire alphabet and numbers. Figure 124 depicts these six basic strokes.
There is only one way to learn how to construct these basic strokes
practice! Appendix B of this subcourse contains some guidelines and grids
to assist you in learning these strokes. After you have completed reading
through this subcourse, use the grids and guidelines in appendix B and
practice the basic strokes. Ask your supervisor to review and comment on
your skills or compare your results with figure 124. Appendix B also
includes guidelines for you to follow when you practice these strokes in
various combinations to form letters. Once you have practiced the basic
strokes and are satisfied with your results, practice forming the letters.
If you have little experience drawing letters, use a carpenter's pencil
sharpened to a chisel point. You will learn more about pencils and other
hand lettering tools in lesson 2 of this subcourse.
To communicate instructions about letters, you must know the names of the
various parts of letters. Using the correct names provides a common
language to both give and receive instructions regarding letters. For
example, if your supervisor states that you need more practice drawing
swashes, you need to know what he