May 25

My Lettering Journey

By Maddy | art , calligraphy , lettering , pet portraits, animals, colored pencils , watercolor

One year ago I started learning how to “calligraph.” I was just in awe of the beautiful handwriting I saw on my Instagram feed.  I’ve always been obsessed with art and beautiful writing. When I was young, I spent some time copying calligraphy from my dad’s calligraphy books. At the time I believed they called it Old English or “gothic calligraphy,” I believe. In any case, that’s what I called it.

However, I soon began to get bored with “just writing,” and because I love art so much I started incorporating doodling, banners and other illustrations into my lettering projects. This was the very first lettering “project” I did . Sorry for the bad lighting. I just used the image from my Instagram site. By the way, if you’re not on Instagram, you’re missing out! My username is @oilnwine.

Anyway, it’s an image I found online done by Lindsey Bugbee from The Postman’s Knock.  I was surprised that I actually did this!

One thing led to another, and eventually I returned to my childhood love of drawing.  That is where it all started. And now, I’m back where I belong.

The image below is one that I did about two months into my lettering journey. This is my first (and only) item so far listed in my shop!

I mentioned before that I grew up with art as my dad was an artist. But I just want to encourage anyone who doesn’t feel that they have no talent. I heard once that every person starts off being an artist until they’re about 5 years old. It’s not that they stop being an artist, but that’s when the child usually gets intimidated by an adult (be it parent or teacher) because they are told that they aren’t doing it right. They aren’t coloring in the lines. It is important to believe and know who you are and that nothing can stop you. The sky is the limit. You just have to believe in yourself and and try and don’t give up.

I used to be like that. I thought I was not good at drawing people or body parts. Their proportions always seemed to be off, so I just shrugged it off and said to myself that I couldn’t do it and I literally stopped myself. It wasn’t until I was determined to try that I got more comfortable drawing people.