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There is nothing more inspirational than seeing someone who can create a masterpiece on pen and paper. Of course by that I could mean sketching, painting, or anything of that nature, but today I want to highlight an upcoming style in the design world that has emerged back from its origins- Hand-drawn lettering & calligraphy.

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Calligraphy dates back to as early as the 5th century, which is around the time the Arabic alphabet was established. Found in religious scripts, books and the Bible, calligraphy was used as a form of ornamentation for the script, but also the script itself. When you look at the thousands of specimens of hand-lettering rendered today by top creatives and calligraphers, you can clearly see the origins’ influence.

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Today hand-lettering is seen on company branding elements, posters, illustrations, websites, holiday cards, photography, movies-the list goes on forever. This lettering craze has just recently become so popular that not only are the skilled calligraphers doing it; EVERYONE is dipping their hand into the ink, literally. It is a skill that takes a steady hand, a lot of patience, and an acute attention to detail.

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If you want to see some amazing work created by renowned designers and illustrators out there today, check out their portfolio websites below. I’d like to specifically highlight Ged Palmer, Jackson Alves, Sergi Ferrando, Jordan Metcalf, and Martin Schmetzer.

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Here’s a little tease for your creative side. I promise, you’ve never seen anything this good.


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This entry was posted on April 18, 2013 by in Illustration, Student Writing.
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