I have been asked to teach a workshop in Italian Hand at the Royal City Calligraphy Guild this coming Saturday. After back to back Spencerian workshops over the past several months it has been a challenge to work out the Spencerian tendencies to embrace this beautiful hand. Often overlooked because of its strange shading, and reverse shading on capital letterforms, I have found that this hand is challenging but not impossible. Many variations of the hand are found in George Bickham's Universal Penman. Right now I am taking a break from going through the Universal Penman looking for different letterforms.
My lettering today has been done on Canson Layout Paper with Walnut ink and an Esterbrook 556. Breaktime is over!!! Back to work!!!