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Joanna Joseph for Expert Village. Now I'm going to get, I'm going to work some more
on these two and try to improve the spacing, so I'm going to lay another sheet of graph
paper down over the top of this, but before I do I noticed I got a big blob of wet ink
here. So here's a little trick: take a piece of Kleenex, twirl the end, and just touch
it to that blob, and let capillary action suck that up. I don't care if it looks bad.
I might even blot it like that. I don't care if it gets smudged; I just want it to go away.
All right, second sheet of graph paper. I used to use masking tape. I'm glad they've
come out with this less sticky tape now. Now I'm going to turn on my light on my light
table, and actually make sure that these are lined up. And you see me knocking my pen on
this rag to dry it and clean it and get it ready for another go. Okay, that just has too much space in it.
So, I'm not trying to slavishly copy what's underneath. I'm actually trying to improve
upon it. And now I see a something I would correct. This letter and that, they're not
parallel. I'd improve that. You can do this over and over again until you're satisfied
with it. There is also an exercise I was talking about the spacing, where you can take colored
pencils or I think I've got a highlighter here, and you can actually color in between
these letters and it helps you perceive that negative space, and see if it feels about
the same volume. In fact, medieval manuscripts were illuminated like that.