I selected Andy Warhol’s “Paris Review 18” as the work I will analyze. This piece features a reproduction of someone’s handwriting, which is a strong cursive. It is messy, giving it a very human look to it. I selected this piece because it shows an imperfect form of calligraphy. It has the classic hard thick and thin lines to the text, and it has a very rushed look. I am hoping to give my typeface a calligraphic look, and I want it to be imperfect, like this handwriting.
I think the subject of the piece is very interesting, as it is very simple, but quite beautiful. I feel it exemplifies the “less is more” saying. I hope to take that into consideration as I create my typeface.
I find the effortless look of the text to be quite beautiful. I would like to add that feel to my font, to give it a more elegant and polished look, while still being imperfect. Something that is interesting to me is that no two letters or numbers are the same. For example, in the price column for the $6.00 vodka, the zeros are not even close to the same. This is an interesting idea, because that’s how people really write. We are never able to create the same exact letter again. However, I don’t know how that could be transferred to a typeface. Maybe you could have a few variations of each letter, so not every one is the same. But that seems very impractical for the creation of a typeface. I suppose that’s why people will always have a soft spot for hand-written letters.
By looking at this example as well as examples of calligraphic texts, I hope to find a happy medium between the two to give my text an organic feel while also having it be able to be somewhat reproduced