I remember when I was younger, maybe around 14 years old and my grandparents bought me a calligraphy set for some occasion. I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to use it. It was your typical starter kit with the flat edge and it was horrible, I was horrible. Maybe it was my age, maybe it was a number of things, but I didn’t fight it and I gave up. I continued on through my life always having a passion for writing and playing with my own penmanship, but I never went back to calligraphy. Until now.
I’ve always wanted to be a graphic designer. Well actually, I always wanted to be a Creative Director for a big advertising agency like BBDO or Saatchi & Saatchi. Once I was in school, I realized that I wanted to design more than anything and quickly changed course. I’ve been doing graphic design now for over 15 years, designing anything and everything. Even though throughout those years, I’ve always wanted to follow my passion for wedding invitations.
I recently decided, that I wanted to focus more on Branding and Wedding Suites over anything else. With the decision made and viewing umpteen hundreds of inspiration pieces on pinterest, I hit a wall. I couldn’t find the fonts that people were using. It was frustrating me to no end. I’m not sure how I came across it, but I found that they weren’t fonts at all, it was Modern Calligraphy. I was hooked.
It was then my mission to absorb everything on it by taking online classes, reading, practicing, practicing and practicing some more. At the beginning of my journey, I learned something and it made sense why I struggled in my youth with that particular calligraphy set. I’m left handed. I would have never known back then, that there are special “flat” nibs for a leftie. I am still not a fan of that style of calligraphy. Maybe one day I’ll go back and try it again, but for now I am going to stick with my pointed nib. I prefer copperplate and the Modern Calligraphy that goes with it.
I have learned so much and come pretty far in the amount of time that I’ve been doing Modern Calligraphy, but I know that my journey is just beginning and I can’t wait for what is ahead.
* The pieces shown are shots of some of my practice sessions.