A Study in Hand Lettering

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I apologise for the terrible lighting..

Some people tend to categorise this as faux (meaning fake) calligraphy because calligraphy effects are added manually rather than from using tools. But this is actually more hand lettering than calligraphy. According to Lettering Daily, “Hand lettering focuses on drawing and illustrating the letters. Calligraphy, on the other hand, is the art of beautiful writing.”

The image above is a visual example of the difference between hand lettering, calligraphy, and typography.
Image Source: Lettering Daily

Any way, this is how it ended up looking like!

Hand Lettering #2

This quote by Dr.Seuss reads, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out!” I discovered this quote just a few months into my new school (years ago!) and it meant the world to me!


~A Little Background~

Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

During World War II, he took a brief hiatus from children’s literature to illustrate political cartoons, and he also worked in the animation and film department of the United States Army where he wrote, produced or animated many productions โ€“ both live-action and animated โ€“ including Design for Death, which later won the 1947 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. After the war, he wrote classics like If I Ran theZoo (1950), Horton Hears a Who! (1955), If I Ran the Circus (1956), The Cat in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957), and Green Eggs and Ham (1960). He published over 60 books during his career, which have spawned numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, five feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series. Geisel died of cancer on September 24, 1991, at his home in La Jolla, California, at the age of 87. {Wikipedia}


Apart from how it echoed my ‘new kid’ struggle, I also loved how the quote ends in an exclamation mark, rather than a question mark. It makes the quote sound like something that is already so obvious. If it ended with a question mark, it would appear to have different answers depending on the person.

For example, if I said, ‘The moon isn’t made out of cheese!’, it sounds like it’s an obvious truth everyone knows but if I had said, ‘The moon isn’t made out of cheese?’, there’s a 0.0001% chance, someone is going to say, ‘Why, yes, it is!’

I used a reference image to get the different fonts right and a pencil for the initial sketch, then went over with a black gel pen and a used a fine liner for some parts. And this is what it ended up looking like!

Now you know exactly what to say, when someone tells you, “You need to try to fit in with others’!

Moving on to the last one,

Does it ever bother you when you forget to do something that is seemingly so small there was no way you should have forgotten in the first place? Or when someone smiles at you but you were moving so fast by the time your brain ordered your face to smile, you were already far from the person? Or when someone who helps you all the time asks you for a pencil when you didn’t have a single one and had to say ‘Sorry, I cant help you’?

Sometimes it ruins the entire day when these occurrences start plaguing you with ‘What ifs’. “What if I’d written it down?” “What if I’d walked slower?” What if…What if..?”

As much as I love the quote, I wasn’t happy with how the purple ink wasn’t opaque enough or how the gradient on the word ‘little’ didn’t turn out prominent but I loved the contrast of yellow and purple. This is how it ended up!

The little things hold so much significance and play a crucial role in everybody’s life, whether you want it to or not, whether you accept it or not. They are what makes the big things seem big. How could you say something big has happened in your life unless you had a little scale to compare it to?

So cherish those little things that come your way. The little moments, the little gifts, the little memories, everything you think is little is going to play a big role one day.

Cheers to the little things in life that help us see the bigger picture!

Thoughtfully yours,
-Introverted Thoughts aka D

62 Comments Add yours

  1. Ace says:

    Nice work D!!! I loved this post, keep shining friend ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ–ค

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  2. Oh dear,. What a brilliant post today. ๐Ÿค I could relate so much to the third one that it ruins my entire day! ๐Ÿ˜ž This happened within seconds and then I’d realise it later which in no way I can fix!
    The calligraphy is super good and I loved all those. Keep up the great work dearie. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  3. Crandew says:

    Great post!! Your work always cheers me up and makes me think! Love it

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  4. Msdedeng says:

    Love the quotes too!

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  5. Eleanor J. says:

    I love these quotes, and like you, can relate to them on a more personal level!! Your hand lettering is simply gorgeous, and I love how you explored with various fonts, colors, and other design elements!! Hope you’re having a wonderful February โ˜บ๏ธ

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  6. D!!!!!!!!!!!!
    They are sooooooo awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And these quotes are soo touching!!
    Loved this post!!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•โœจโœจโœจ

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  7. Excellent work. These are things you and your family can enjoy forever. Keep it up doing what you are doing.

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  8. nushhe says:

    Nice work D!!! Superb โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’• Your calligraphy is sooooooooooo damn cool. And the quotes are very touchiiiiiiiiiing. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜œ

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  9. Ooh! This was really interesting ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I want to learn calligraphy, but then when I’m about to go find a tutorial and follow it, I’m like meh.
    I love the quotes that you did!! Especially the last one, it’s really pretty ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’™

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  10. Kritika says:

    Informative and lovely post.

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  11. I love your handlettering, D! It’s amazing! โค I’ve dabbled in handlettering before, but I cannot, for the life of me, draw (?) a good drop shadow. I have tried brush lettering though, and I’m happy to note it’s going much better!
    P.S : The gradient on the word ‘little’ is brilliant! And I love the choices of colors!

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  12. Nice ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. They’re beautiful! You can frame them to be hanged as quote posters. โค

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  14. Thank you so much, Ace! I’m so happy you liked them!๐Ÿ’•

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  15. Aw.. thank you so much!! Ahh, me too! It’s such a little thing but we seem to miss it more than anything. I relate to that more than I’d like to๐Ÿ˜‚
    I so appreciate your constant support and thoughtful comments!! Thank you, again!๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ

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  16. That means so much to me! Thank you!

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  17. I’m so glad you did! Thank you for reading!

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  18. I’m pleased you can relate to them, Eleanor! They’re just words, but personally they say a lot of stories too.
    Aw.. thank you so much, dear friend! โค๏ธHope you are too! I’m a bit caught up in school work but it should be over soon.

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  19. Super happy you think so, Aanya! Thank you so much!๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ

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  20. Ahh, thank you so much, Anushka! I’m glad you found them touching โค๏ธ

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  21. It makes me so happy to hear you found it interesting! Haha, me too! Calligraphy is a bit more trickier than hand lettering.
    Thank you so much! Glad you liked it!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•

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  22. I’m so pleased you think so! Ooh, that’s a good idea! Thank you so much for your kind comment!โค๏ธ

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  23. Thanks so much, Moi!โค๏ธ Oh, that sounds great! Haha, hand lettering is basically writing and then adding more layers (atleast that’s how I do it๐Ÿ˜‚)
    Ooh, brush lettering sounds great! Do you use brush pens or actual brushes? Glad to hear you’ve found a niche there๐Ÿ˜‰
    Ahh, thank you so much! It looked a bit dull to me.

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  24. Thanks so much! That is quite a nice thought, I hope it does turn out that way. I appreciate your kind support!

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  25. nushhe says:

    Your welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  26. Haha! I tend to use brush pens, but lettering with brushes sounds quite cool!

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  27. That’s amazing! I love brush pen strokes, they look so smooth and effortless! It is cool, especially when it’s done in ink!

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  28. Me too! They look so magical, like something out of a fantasy book!

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  29. hgamma says:

    A wonderful thought
    one’s own indivisible dignity
    to recognize oneself

    the attempt
    despite great effort
    despite incomparable success
    an example
    as a human
    for an entire epoch
    to be for others

    so that you yourself
    no longer need to insert
    under the simple
    the poor people
    not those in the world
    are important

    the indivisible dignity
    is all people
    under which i
    an everyone
    can only be

    Best regards
    Hans Gamma

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  30. Kritika says:

    Welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

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  31. iamswiftwalker says:

    Wow!! Awesome. It’s the little things in life is ๐Ÿ’œ
    Why do people call you D?

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  32. Oh, this is fun! And thanks for explaining the difference between calligraphy and lettering. Did not know that.

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  33. Thank you so much! Absolutely!โœจ
    Oh, that’s because Introverted Thoughts is too long a pen name (which can be abbreviated as IT too๐Ÿ˜‚) Also my real name begins with D.

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  34. I’m so happy you found it fun! My pleasure! I wasn’t aware of it either for a long time.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read!!

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  35. iamswiftwalker says:

    Oh ok.
    Then I’ll call you that too ๐Ÿ˜€

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  36. Haha, please feel free to! I’ve mentioned it on my about page too!

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  37. I did not know the difference between calligraphy, lettering and typography- how interesting. I’d love to get into this and learning how to do these, they look so good!

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  38. Wow; you are really (and unsurprisingly) talented, D.

    -David

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  39. Msdedeng says:

    My pleasure.

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  40. You’re welcome. โ˜บ

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  41. Oh, wow, these were beautiful!!! โค

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  42. Thank you so much! I’m humbled you think so.โœจ

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  43. Yeah, I didn’t know them either until a while ago. Please do, it’s really satisfying! Thank you so much!

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  44. Sarah Thea says:

    Your lettering is the bomb! Great job on these, D.

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  45. These are soo pretty D

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  46. Thank you so much โค๏ธ

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  47. So glad you think so, Sarah! Thank you so much!

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  48. Glad you liked them! Thank you!

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  49. Diamond says:

    You did a great job lettering! I love the quotes too.

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  50. Thank you so much, Diamond! Glad to hear that!

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  51. PoojaG says:

    Wow you are so talented and I loved the post- very interesting!

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  52. Aw.. thank you so much!!

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  53. PoojaG says:

    You’re very welcome!

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  54. I’ve always admired people who could do lettering like that. While my handwriting is neat and legible, it’s not exactly what you would call “beautiful.” I remember when I was a teenager, I decided I wanted to be able to make my boyfriend’s birthday card look nice, so I spent months in advance practicing my cursive… so it wouldn’t look like a third grader did it. Ever since then, though, I’ve written all correspondence in cursive… so now it sort of looks like it’s written by an adult. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  55. Thank you so much! I do love seeing a good quote hand lettered beautifully!
    Well, I believe we all have different ideas for how beautiful is defined. That’s so considerate of you! Cursive was sort of hard for me when I was younger.
    I’m sure your handwriting looks great!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts!โœจ

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  56. Ramya Vivek says:

    Beautiful thoughts! Beautiful writing stylesโคโคโค

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  57. Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind comment!โค๏ธ

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  58. Margaret says:

    Thank you for sharing such an interesting and delightful post. I really appreciate your background story of Dr Seuss.
    The drawings and detailed descriptions I particularly love ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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