R is for Relaxation, which is one of my favorite things about the hobby of hand lettering! When I sit down with paper and markers or my iPad Pro, it’s so relaxing for me to play around with shapes and colors to create lettered designs. I hope you find it to be the same…a great way to take some “me time” and let yourself be creative. That’s why I wrote Hand Lettering for Relaxation! Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the Brush Script R and a few ways we can form it. Ready?
If you are brand new to hand lettering, you’ll want to start off at the beginning of this series, where we cover basic technique and strokes, and work your way through the alphabet. Otherwise, let’s dive in and look at the letter R.
Drawing a Capital Brush Script R
The capital R is a combination of familiar brush strokes. We begin with a quick diagonal upstroke followed by a thick, straight downstroke. Then, we make an overturn with a loop and finish it off with a little tail. This letter is a lot like the capital B and capital P, just with a slightly different finish.
If you’d like your letter to look a little more fancy, you can add a loop on the left side. To do this, you’ll start by making the same shape as a “j” then add the overturn with a loop and tail on the end. Either one of these capital R variations looks great with the rest of the Brush Script alphabet, so choose your favorite and go for it!
Drawing a Lowercase Brush Script R
The lowercase “r” begins with an upstroke that shifts into a small loop at the top of the letter. We finish it with a stroke that’s just like a lowercase “i.” It’s okay to practice the strokes independently at first, then take it to the next level by trying to keep your pen touching the paper the whole time!
Here are some free practice pages to help you get a feel for writing the letter “R.” The first one will give you a chance to work on the shapes of the capital and lowercase letters themselves. The other three are focused on helping you connect the lowercase “r” to other letters you’ve learned and to form words. Just download the files and either print them or upload them in your favorite digital lettering app. Feel free to use them however often you’d like to help you with your practice.
PS. Don’t miss the rest of the series!
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