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  1. Joachim Vu Joachim Vu

    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.

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    over 1 year ago

  2. Brian Steely Brian Steely

    those swashes are amazing!

    over 1 year ago

  3. Justin Lancaster Justin Lancaster

    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.

    over 1 year ago

  4. Tobia Crivellari  Tobia Crivellari 

    AMAZING! Love it!!! @Joachim Vu

    over 1 year ago

  5. Mike Jones Mike Jones

    Amazing work. I think the r/s combo could be tweaked a bit but other than that it fantastic.

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    over 1 year ago

  6. kirk visola kirk visola

    damn, that's hot.

    over 1 year ago

  7. Drew Melton Drew Melton

    Rockstar!

    over 1 year ago

  8. Joseph Alessio Joseph Alessio

    Frankly beautiful stuff!

    over 1 year ago

  9. Ged Palmer Ged Palmer

    Amazing flow to this, great work man!

    over 1 year ago

  10. Michael Spitz Michael Spitz

    Swash madness. You make it look easy bud...

    over 1 year ago

  11. Jason Carne Jason Carne

    I've been studying these type of swashes lately and can't wrap my head around them really. Impressive stuff man, great work.

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    over 1 year ago

  12. Ryan Hamrick Ryan Hamrick

    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!

    over 1 year ago

  13. Karli Ingersoll Karli Ingersoll

    pretty pretty!

    over 1 year ago

  14. Albin Bousquet Albin Bousquet

    Simple is best. I love.

    over 1 year ago

  15. Muhammad Ali Effendy Muhammad Ali Effendy

    Love these swashes. Very stylish.

    over 1 year ago

  16. Ira F. Cummings Ira F. Cummings

    Awesome sketch. I really like how it works as a contained unit and has nice flow.

    over 1 year ago

  17. Florin Capota Florin Capota

    total beauty!

    over 1 year ago

  18. Joachim Vu Joachim Vu

    @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.

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    over 1 year ago

  19. Neil Tasker Neil Tasker

    great work man! always love seeing your sketches

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    over 1 year ago

  20. Claire Coullon Claire Coullon

    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.

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    over 1 year ago

  21. Joachim Vu Joachim Vu

    @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 ;)

    over 1 year ago

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