What do you really write like?
|June 13, 2012||Posted by fozzy under Nuffins|
I’m often asked what my real handwriting looks like. People who know that I like calligraphy and lettering (and that I actually teach cursive) are generally surprised at how my real (uncontrolled) hand is. Some can’t believe it. I find it hard to explain.
It’s a mutation between script and print. I write different r’s. Sometimes my y’s have loops (like the g’s) but sometimes they don’t. I don’t like capitals much. If I need to write with them, they’re a quick, fast print.
This isn’t so different. The “italic” slant happens when I’m in a hurry. Or when the pen just falls that way. It usually happens when I write with a skinny ball point pen. I don’t know why.
I used to write in script. I think this mutation happened when we had this teacher back in high school who’d write notes on the blackboard like a madman. And then check our notebooks if we had all of it down. It was a necessary evolution. I think my traditional script hand when doing calligraphy would be a reincarnation of the kind of cursive I used back before our note-taking-crazy teacher.
I have fountain pens with flexible nibs. Somehow my cursive still isn’t the same. I end up writing with a jagged, more modern cursive. I find that I need the lightness of just the nib and its holder (does that make sense?). I tried an FPN-P member’s vintage Mabie Todd Blackbird and I miraculously could write copperplate with it. They say I should get one. I say that’s worth an awful lot of envelopes.
So, what do I really write like? Like a schizophrenic.