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Julie Green

Indie Designer + Illustrator @ Up Up Creative

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julie twelve

In high school, people took to calling me Julie Twelve because my handwriting, they said, looked like a font in Microsoft Word (like Times New Roman 12 pt, etc.) 

Over the years as a graphic designer and illustrator I've done a lot of lettering, but I've never really learned formal copperplate calligraphy or created my own stylized alphabet.

So here goes...

STEP ONE: BASIC FORMS PRACTICE

STEP TWO: MOLLY'S LOWERCASE LETTERS

I haven't yet figured out how to make them my own, but I'm having fun copying out Molly's lowercase letters. Her P gives me trouble but I am in love with X and Z!

Tracing feels really unnatural to me so I did everything freehand. You should see how many pages of practice it took to get it to look like this:

STEP THREE: MOLLY'S UPPERCASE LETTERS

The uppercase letters feel a lot more free-form to me than the lowercase ones, which is kind of against my nature honestly! But when I started experimenting with putting the uppercase letters together with lowercase ones, it all felt a lot more natural and fun.

So now I guess it's time to figure out how best to make it my own. Stay tuned...

FINAL STEP (FOR NOW): A QUOTATION

I'm still refining this and when it's done I'll try to remember to post it to my blog, but I played for awhile yesterday with calligraphing a favorite quotation of mine (and then afterwards my husband taught it to my kids - can't wait to hear that they were singing it at school!!). 

If you don't know the wuotation, google it and then watch the video. You'll never ever stop singing it. :)

Without further ado, my best-yet version (but like I said, it's still not quite how I want it, and this is just an iPhone pic of it) of Sweet Brown's most famous auto-tune line:

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