Basic Rules and Structures
In this section, you'll learn the basic frameworks of Vertical English Characters (VEC's), and how they are created.
Type A: Single Column Structure
Letters are written vertically in a single column. Usually works best for simple words.
Type B: Two Column Structure
In a two column structure, words are divided in half by roots, prefixes, suffixes, syllables, or parts needed to be emphasized.
Type C: Two Column Structure with Top Elbow
In a two column + top elbow structure, one of the blocks may be extended into the other column at the top.
Type D: Two Column Structure with Bottom Elbow
In a two column + bottom elbow structure, one of the blocks may be extended into the other column at the bottom.
Type E: Three Column Structure
In a three column structure, words are divided into thirds by roots, prefixes, suffixes, syllables, or parts needed to be emphasized. Suitable for longer words.
Technical Rules of VEC
Like any other form of art, rules are just guidelines that allow for easier creativity. Here are some of the rules that define VEC, and some of the strategies that work for us. Feel free to use this as your reference.
Rules that Define VEC's
1. Individual letters can be enlarged, reduced, twisted, rotated, curved, extended, or shifted, as long as each letter is legible.
2. Individual letters must be arranged to keep the normal sequence of original English word.
3. Each English word (character) must be legible and comprehendible, regardless of style.
4. Uppercase and lowercase letters are identical. (Ex: "art" is written as "aRT").
5. Same letters can be placed in parallel (juxtaposed), if they are appear consecutively in a single word. (Ex: the "ee" in Queen)
6. For additional styling, symbols may be used to replace letters in some instances. (Ex: $ave)
For more examples of VEC rules and structures in practice, please view VEC Handwriting.