Lettering Wisdom

What all began as a hobby quickly turned into my passion. While considering to take on a new hobby I asked myself, what it was that I enjoyed spending time on. During this reflection I recalled drawing and coloring as a kid, learning how to write and trying to keep my notes organized and clean. It really made me feel great to have good penmanship and receive complements about my hand writing. During my teenage years, my brother and I got really interested in graffiti and urban art, learning about different techniques and styles. We never really grew out of that interest but may have left it behind while chasing other dreams. But something was made clear to me, my love for drawing letters, not only because of the artistic or creative aspect, but also because of the educational implication this could have.

So now that I knew what my new hobby would be, I needed to decide how to begin with this hobby? I came up with a structured plan as a learning strategy, maybe because my scientific personality needed a method or plan to follow. My plan consisted in choosing approximately 30 important quotes and draw them one by one, accepting errors, taking unlimited time and trying to be originally creative on each one. My theory was, that by the end of the 30th quote I would be able to see a difference in ability, so this way, instead of wasting time drawing the same letter or word over and over again until I feel confident to illustrate a quote, I would have 30 quotes finished with different levels of expertise and I would have practiced a wide variety of letters (and combinations of letters) instead of only repeating a few.

With the ‘what?’ and ‘how?’ defined, now I needed to figure out where to begin? With so many important quotes, by so many very influential people, how can someone choose what knowledgeable quotes to express? Again, I turned to my scientific training to guide me and I decided to begin from the general and make my way to the specific. Who were the first influential people on earth due to their knowledge? If you concluded the same way as I did, you came to answer Ancient Philosophers. That is why, at this point, I chose to find 30 important quotes from the three most well known Greek Philosophers: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. By choosing these philosophers I wanted to find pieces of today’s everyday knowledge that was described back then, and that has not been changed since.

A big difference that I saw between myself and other (or the majority of) lettering artists is that the latter focuses on three major topics: positivism, coffee or religious quotes; none of which, in my opinion, have such a strong impact on society as philosophical or educational quotes could have. This is mainly why I decided to continue with Lettering and focus it on the world’s wisdom. This way I would make knowledgeable quotes attractive to the eye, so that people that normally would not read a monotonous and boring text about philosophy, could nurture themselves by enjoying art.

Once I completed my ‘Philosophy in Lettering’ collection it was time to move on to the next step, different perspectives, different personalities and different lettering techniques. My objective was to improve my free style lettering skills by reducing preliminary pencil sketching, minimizing the use of a ruler or straight edge, and the use of anything that would enhance my abilities. But again the question arises, now where do I search for quotes? At this point I wanted to express the points of view of some of my idols, such as Tupac and Bob Dylan, singer/songwriters that left us very important messages in their songs. This made me realize that many people listen to music but don’t really pay attention to what the artist is actually intends. So I decided to take some Lyrics out of the song and express it out of context so that the viewer can make sense of it as he or she desires. There is so much knowledge in music and that is precisely what I wanted to show with my second collection Lyrics in Lettering. After some time of research, asking friends and family about songs with deep meanings, I was able to accumulate another approximately 30 song lyrics to represent in lettering.

By the time I finished my Lyrics in Lettering collection, I was ready to attack my next and current project… Science in Lettering. Now looking towards my own house of knowledge, my plan is to use all the skills I have gained to create the most stunning pieces I can. I feel my artistic ability has matured enough to demand more out of myself, so I started using better paper, well thought out sketches, and in many cases a ruler or straight edge. The quotes represented in this collection come from a large array of scientific disciplines and intend to spark thought and reflection on everyday subjects to hopefully inspire a change in the world. 

  • Philosophy in Lettering

    Learn from humanities first most knowledgeable people: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

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  • Lyrics in Lettering

    Apreciate the lyrics of artists such as Bob Dylan and Tupac Shakur that wanted to see change in the world.

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  • Science in Lettering

    Ponder over the deep perceptions of truth that many scientists have concluded over history.

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Aristotle

Aristotle is the third and last Philosopher quoted in the philosophy in lettering collection. To learn more about the pieces of this collection, click on the botton below.

Philosophy in Lettering

Tupac Shakur

Tupac is one of the most, if not the most, influential rap musicians to have lived, and he is one of the many musicians quoted in the Lyrics in Lettering collection. To learn more about this collection click on the bottom below.

Lyrics in Lettering

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is one of the most commonly known scientists in the world and with good reason. His quotes appear numerous times as part of the collection Science in Lettering. To learn more about this collection click the botton below.

Science in Lettering