In order to improve as a lettering artist I have to study letterform proportions. Lettering workshops sponsored by the Chicago Calligraphy Collective are an excellent source for improving skills. I recently attended the first 26 Seeds: A Year To Grow workshop taught by Reggie Ezell. All participants practiced pencil Monolines on grid paper.
For the past couple weeks this pencil on grid study has been lettered hundreds of times in order to develop a better eye for lettering proportions. I am getting to the point in which I can letter Monoline in decent proportion with a pencil at any size minus the grid paper.