Script type/possibly a tattoo

abaudoin's picture

I've been messing with this today and need some other thoughts. This might be a tattoo for my wife so I want to perfect it to death. Give me suggestions or odd strokes that stand out.


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Tell's picture

Mate, right now I read it as "Lo Much".

paulstonier's picture

I'll second that. This reminds me of my logotype too, heh.

It needs some work, but I'm still pretty happy with it.

abaudoin's picture

My wife said the same thing Tell. I didn't notice it much until now. Here are two revisions. Flemish Script is what I started with.

paulstonier's picture

Reads a little better now. That flick off the h seems to feel a little awkward in comparison to the rest of the swashes. Is there any way to make it work a little more harmoniously? Maybe cutting it a little short and curling the end a little.

Tell's picture

Can't say I do a lot of this stuff these days, but some quick advice/thoughts:

- the flourishes feel forced and a little stiff right now
- don't do this digitally from the get go, start on paper
- see if you can grab a copy of Dangerous Curves by Doyald Young, great reference.
- if there is a good tattoo parlor in your area, talk to the artists there

A good tattoo artist will take your initial sketch and make it work that much better when it's placed onto a curved surface. There's a wonderful tradition of hand lettering alphabets being handed down from artist to artist in the their craft.

Good luck

abaudoin's picture

Thanks Tell. I appreciate your comment and I'll grab that book. I agree on the tattoo side as well. I would want them to take my sketch as a reference and let their abilities take over. Thanks again.

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