Saw a tweet that got me thinking about my handwriting. Mine? It's not good. In fact, it's barely legible. I have a little black notebook that I like to jot down ideas as they pop into my head, but then when I go back I can barely read what I wrote. It's like a fun game of What Does This Scribble-Scrabble Mean? I haven't sat down and wrote anything longer than a couple of sentences in a while, so I'm definitely rusty. I think I'll write myself a note to practice writing more often.
Handwriting as headline is everywhere. I'm obsessed with handwriting fonts and will use my own (scanned in then manipulated) when I couldn't find one that seemed to work for a headline. Like so:
Although finding really good free ones is like shooting fish in barrel these days. Here are some fun examples of awesome free fonts that range from hand-inked cursive to painted with a bold brush or inky calligraphy:
Still I think there is a great art to making a beautifully written piece that still has a bit of the clumsiness of the human hand. Here are some things I've tried using India Ink or a fun Brushtip Sharpie:
I'm very inspired everyday by artists I see on the web. Some fantastic artists/illustrators that use ink and/or handwriting in their art/designs: Marlo Meekins
Could working on my long-form handwriting improve my life or at least my illustrations? As with anything, practice couldn't hurt! And with a crack of the knuckles I'm off...