A quick lettering study I started a while back. Perhaps 6 months ago. Had to stop back then as I hit a dead end with Pieces make Sense. I had lost the letterform flow by thinking too much about the shapes. When I looked at the file earlier this evening it was no problem to finish drawing live while looking at the underlay image.
The more I letter natural to my handwriting and personality the less I want to think about it. Just let it happen.
The letterform shapes change as the piece progresses. However the basic information I need is all there. It will be impossible to letter quickly in vector format if the underlay template did not exist. I am basically refining what I see no different than if I was inking on illustration board. For this particular lettering piece both the underlay and refined vector shapes belong together.