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Arrghi says capitals begin with the same two strokes as the lower case: a thick horizontal and a thin oblique. (See the book, page 20.)
    This is correct, as far as it goes. But it only applies to the decorative kind.


He offers less advice about plain capitals. Copy his examples, he says: they won’t give you much trouble if you have mastered the lower case. (See the book, page 21.) There really wasn’t much more he could say.

Renaissance capitals are based on geometric forms: rectangles, circles, triangles. They are not suited to cursive writing. No simple method exists for making them.
    Arrighi’s advice is probably as good as any. Study them as best you can. Make up your own mind about shapes and proportions.



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