Practice: 'Simply Calligraphy' by Judy Detrick

I will be doing exercises from books about calligraphy, and posting about them weekly.  I hope this will help me stay sharp through practice and spread the word about some great books.

Today, I am a starting with 'Simply Calligraphy' by Judy Detrick.  I found this book at Jade and Clover in Deep Ellum (downtown Dallas, Texas).  It contains straight forward, but deeply informative instructions.  I am sharing a sample of me practicing lowercase Italic using two of the easily accessible tools suggested in the book: a Parallel Pilot pen (size 1.5 mm nib) and college rule notebook paper.  

Next week, I will post a sample of uppercase.