I had the chance to look at some old french calligraphy specimen from the mid-18th century some days ago, there were some so beautiful things inside. Made me want to work on my swashes even more, those guys definitely had done everything I hope to achieve one day, but 150 years before I even know a thing about letters.
over 1 year ago
those swashes are amazing!
Most of this is perfect, but when I get to the 'ir' in "First", the flow is broken. I think the angle of those letters is slightly off from the rest and my eyes go directly there. I love this style...wish I could do this.
AMAZING! Love it!!! @Joachim Vu
Amazing work. I think the r/s combo could be tweaked a bit but other than that it fantastic.
damn, that's hot.
Frankly beautiful stuff!
Amazing flow to this, great work man!
Swash madness. You make it look easy bud...
I've been studying these type of swashes lately and can't wrap my head around them really. Impressive stuff man, great work.
Dude, teach me the ways of the swash! I'm working on some right now and they're horrible, lol. Great stuff, man.
Only thing I notice that's a bit funny is that at first, I saw an 'e' at the end of "First". Other than that, amazing!
Simple is best. I love.
Love these swashes. Very stylish.
Awesome sketch. I really like how it works as a contained unit and has nice flow.
@Justin @Mike I think this is mostly due to the 'r'. I tried to draw a different one from those I usually do with this type of lettering, I'm more used to the classic script form of the letter, so yeah, needs a bit more work to get it fine :) and also, there's this little axis variation in 'First', as Justin pointed out, which can make the reading more difficult.
@Michael Thanks man! You should have seen those old books I was talking about. Those guys made it look easy, really.
@Jason @Ryan Haha, thank you guys! I think swashes are just about sketching and sketching again to find the best agencements. One thing I found out to be really important, is to keep some consistent white spaces, not having a part more cluttered than another. And also, but maybe it's just my personal taste, I like when my swashes cross each others at a large angle. If they cross with a slight angle, being nearly parallel, I feel like it's more difficult for the eye to the follow the path.
And @Ryan, you're right about that 't' ending like if there were an 'e' after it, I have to stop doing that, because it's not the first time, and each time I remember that it's not my best move ;)
and to @Steely @Tobia @kirk @Drew @Joseph @Ged @Karli @Albin @Muhammad @Ira @Florin Capota, thank you very much for the kind words, and most of you being letter nerds, keep up the good work! I saw great things lately.
great work man! always love seeing your sketches
Absolutely amazing swashes, it's wonderful to let your eye follow where they lead and how they interact (and thanks for your description/thoughts above, those are some really good points – especially about the angles). I particularly love what you've done at the very top, with the 'F' swash reaching up. Beautiful work! You can definitely keep doing more of these.
@Neil Thanks man :)
@Claire Will do! But it's like one of those puzzle games where at some point you know it's gonna be a headache to go through the next level. You have to rest between each game ;)
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