I believe by the "'be not afraid' exercise," you meant the "be not preoccupied ..." Chinese proverb. In any event, that's what I worked on today.
Problems I see:
1. The initial b is a bit sloppy in the reverse bull horn.
2. I am having a frequent problem with the crispness of the final turn on the baseline with n's and sometimes other letters. I'll work on this.
3. The counter shape of the p's is not right. I just noticed this after scanning .
4. I am having a problem producing the final "curved flick" (I think that's what Geoff called it.) on the s. I can produce it by a change in direction of the stroke at the end, but not as a hairline, going up on the left corner of the nib. Which technique is correct?
On the positive side:
1. I think the gothic arches are generally sharper.
2. I think the counter sizes of the a's and g's are smaller (better).
3. Fewer vertical strokes are leaning. Maybe the f in the 2nd line.
Letter spacing is mixed, both within some words and from one word to another. I think I did pretty well with some difficult spacing issues - the ly sequence and the double l in still. I see the o and t being too close in not, as are the i and l in still. But I think inconsistency is the biggest problem. Any helpful hints on spacing with gothic bâtarde?
One thing you may not
be able to tell is that, today, my writing of this script is faster, more confident and less frustrating. I am better able to think about a letter form before putting pen to paper and then suspending conscious
intentionality. Lloyd Reynolds called this "getting your mind out of the way of your hand." I'm happy about that, even though there is still a lot that needs work.
I'll await your answers to my questions and any additional comments.