Friday, August 31, 2007

Illustration Friday: Alphabets

I was excited to see today's word, because I was thinking of doing some elaborate initials for my Cafepress shop. It is all more easily said than done.

I used to have really beautiful handwriting when I was in elementary school. When I reached junior high, however, there were kids who would threaten to beat me up if I didn't let them copy my homework. It didn't take long for me to figure out the meaning of the word "intimidation." So I began to develop really poor handwriting, so poor in fact that the thugs couldn't read it to copy it, and eventually they left me alone.

I hated school.

All this left me with a less than perfect relationship with letters. Doing a really fancy letter is a challenge. Keeping up a style for an entire alphabet is an art form unto itself, and I am not likely to go there. But I hope you enjoy a couple of this morning's adaptations of letters I had hanging around the house. I think I'll do some more...

5 comments:

Graham McArthur said...

Your right, good lettering is not easy. But don't let that stop you from playing with them and having fun. Lettering can be extremely expressive and varied.
It would be nice to see more lettering used in illustration - so, lets see some more.

ValGalArt said...

i feel the same way about lettering! it is very hard for me and i always secretly sigh or think ugh! when someone wants me to do a logo using leters or create lettering unless it is close to something I would normally do. It ain't easy... But you did good, real good and I would say that when the inspiration hits you please go for it! I especially love the branches. Very unique, very wonderful!!!

studio lolo said...

Both are wonderful...love the "B" for Blotto :)

Forever Young said...

you should be in my class (5 year olds) we have such fun with letters, you'd get to love them again (and school).

monstersofthemind said...

I like your stuff, preaty cool.