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The italic project
Teaching aids

How to master italic

Scots rule 2

Ovals 1

From corners to curves

F or an easy introduction to ovals, start with diamonds. The stroke directions are simple enough. Tracing them teaches you the proportions of height and width. Get those things right. Then proceed to hexagons. They are easy, too. And then you’re ready for ovals.

Ovals come in many shapes. They can be high and thin. They also can be squat and wide. Both kinds are all right. They can either tilt or be upright.

A circle is different. It’s s an absolute shape: it is either a circle or it isn’t. Getting it right is not easy. It can wait.

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Scots rule 2