As evidenced by over 200 pins on my "Lettering, Handwriting" board on Pinterest, I am one of those people in search of the perfect handwriting that has eluded me since kindergarten!
Recently, I sat down with a whole screen filled with Stephanie Ackerman's doodles, lettering, and artwork, and put myself into the position of apprentice: studying her style, copying her work, looking to internalize her approach.
|My effort, emulating Stephanie's artwork; I included only the first part of the verse.|
|I made slight changes to Stephanie's version, mainly because of the size of my sketchbook page.|
I made three different drawings in my sketchbook, and then reduced them by 50% on the copier. (Once I accidentally reduced the 50% drawings by 50%, and got tiny little artworks from them!) I cut and pasted them onto one page, and then printed it out on sticker paper.
|I added some red marker for "pop" on this one.|
|This was one of the tiny ones, and got some decorative tape and doodling in order to stand out.|
In an article I found entitled, "The Making of an Artist," the author writes of Renaissance apprentices:
"Pupils...then learned to draw, first by copying drawings made by their masters or other artists. Drawing collections served not only as training aids for students but also as references for motifs that could be employed in new works...Young artists also learned from copying celebrated works that could be seen in their own cities--Michelangelo, for example, copied paintings by Giotto in Florence's church of Santa Croce--and they were encouraged to travel if they could, to Rome especially, to continue their visual education."What do you think? Shameless copying, or valid step in the learning process?
If Michelangelo himself employed this method for learning, I'm going to take my chances!