Help me Typophiles... I'm a painter.

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Joel's picture
Joined: 22 Oct 2011 - 11:28pm
Help me Typophiles... I'm a painter.

I'm a traditional portrait and figure painter (oil) looking to create lettering for my initials to sign my paintings (obviously created with a brush).

Do you have any favorite/unique J's or G's that might be a great jumping off point for a script (or perhaps non-script) signature? I've been rather un-inspired by the combinations I've been able to dream up.

Also- are there any painters past or present that have signed their work in a way that stood out to you as letterers?

Eager to hear any thoughts or suggestions.


Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am

Dürer comes to mind.
And a good starting point could be the G from Ambicase Modern.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

Sounds like the perfect time for a letter that's both a G and a J:

BTW, Matthew Carter cites Mantegna as a painter with great lettering.


Joshua Langman's picture
Joined: 14 Nov 2010 - 12:22am

Norman Rockwell had a variety of immaculately lettered "signatures," including widely spaced capitals, a kind of "stenciled" hand, cursive "schoolbook" writing, and others. The type and lettering in his paintings is usually very well done.

Andrew Osman's picture
Joined: 12 Sep 2011 - 10:49am

This G is fairly unique: