Formal scripts are a cruel, unforgiving mistress! I’m constantly going through stages where I decide it’s time to hunker down and teach myself the basics again, I spend a day or or two practicing until I feel like I’ve finally cracked the code only to look back a few months later and cringe! Oh, do I cringe. That said, there are 5 golden rules I always follow; these have helped me out of several sticky script situations:
1️⃣ Respect the base line and x-height and you’re already half way there.
2️⃣ Every stroke that touches the aforementioned lines should have already slimmed down to its thinnest point.
3️⃣ Make custom guides (⌘+5 FTW) to help you keep the slant consistent across all your letters, and don’t be afraid to make the angle a little more dramatic than you normally would.
4️⃣ Lowercase Ts are not as tall as you think and lowercase Ps are often taller. Capitals are generally at least twice as tall as the x-height.
5️⃣ When flourishing, two thick strokes should never ever cross each other.
Now go forth and draw fancy words!