Last week I decided I would have whole day at my drawing board, and after several weeks without doing any proper calligraphy I decided I'd do a "back to basics" on roman capitals. Roman caps is such a useful hand to be confident with - it is the root of all western lettering, and time spent improving these caps pays dividends in all hands. I also find that you can't fudge a bad letter into a good one - every stroke has to be well made for it to look good.
I intentionally used a small nib (Mitchell 4) because then the true shapes of the letters show - with all that's right and all that's wrong! I gradually reduced the height of the letters from 30mm to 15mm, trying to work at a reasonable pace but still being thoughtful about every stroke.
(I've started noticing that sometimes I put the pen on the paper and set it moving, with only a vague idea of where I want it to head. This is never going to make beautiful letters, so I'm trying to catch myself, and make sure that I have a proper plan for every stroke. Sounds simple - but taking some work!!)
I am also aware that as a leftie, there's quite a bit of guesswork with roman caps - e.g. the joining of D, O, Q, V, W and probably more all take place mostly behind my hand. I could move my head, but actually I'm preferring to improve my aim as a letter "in the dark".
More frustratingly, all my letters lean a little - I am going to have to start ruling some vertical guidelines to prevent this.
Every letter has something wrong with it - some are terrible and some are just mildly flawed - but the over all effect is pleasing, and it's great to feel back in control of a pen.
When I started out, I was not aware of how hard it can sometimes be to make time for actual lettering - there are so many other elements of the business that need attention, and sometimes the writing just gets pushed to the back of the queue (particularly if I've no commissions with pressing deadlines).
It's been particularly bad this last few weeks - I've been working hard on an area of my website (news on this soon) and I can't just dip into it - I have to really concentrate on web stuff.