I update my portfolio on a regular base with a ‘new old script’. On this page you will find my personal interpretation.
↓ Below you can also find commissioned projects.
> DECEMBER 2020
Once a student asked me: is this script called ‘italic’ because it is from Italy? To be honest, I never thought about it that way, but I think he was right, since its origin lies in Italy.
Italic script is also known as cursive script. Cursive comes from from Medieval Latin cursivus and means ‘running’. This explains it all. It can be fast, because you can make upstrokes and downstrokes, where in roman script you can only make downstrokes. This speeds up writing.
Speed in handwriting is achieved by personal ability. Rhythm, an essential to speed, is inherent in many letters of the alphabet, and pattern comes simply and delightful. There seems no end to the possible calligraphic graces of italic.
I’ve been writing italics over 30 years now, and till today, it seems to be a very helpful friend. You can write it with different pens, different speed, vary with the angle and letter shapes, making them more sharp or round. I would call it a true all rounder, which adapts to any context.
I learned it through studying the manual written by Gerardus Mercator. Click for more context:
‘50 Words’ by KHOP
As input for writing these examples I used the short stories of author KHOP.
All based on a steady italic. I simply used different pens and effects.
This sophisticated clothing shop in Amsterdam asked me to write a luxury invitation.
I chose an elegant and classic italic, written with a broad nib pen.
Belasting & Douane Museum
This museum in Rotterdam asked me to write some texts for an exhibition.
Here you can see a proposal in copperplate script. That was not practical for execution, since the script was cut out of vinyl and therefore should be more solid.
This commission was so much fun! For the famous series of children’s books I was asked to make the lettering for the Dutch version.
Written with a redis pen.
Always nice to do: writing A LOT of table cards. Sometimes I also write the envelops for the invitations.
Written in copperplate script with a pointed nib.
Depending on the script I can write about 20 cards in one hour.
Hour rate: € 75 (excl. 21% VAT)