When I was growing up, my older sister Wendy took up calligraphy as a hobby. She abandoned it pretty quickly but her handwriting today is still AMAZING. Compared to my scrawl, which is bigger than it probably has to be (like a child’s) and is generally a print-cursive hybrid many penmanship teachers would frown upon. Her handwritten missives have perfectly formed letters, exactly in line, and they’re often wonderfully tiny.
I’m a bit of a typography nerd so I find myself examining handwriting like I do digital letterforms. The loop of a lowercase J or the way the “tail” falls away from a small F almost always draw my eyes. In another life I’m sure I was a typographer — or at least a type fetishist. : )
I have always envied people with perfect handwriting. I write a lot of notes and letters and I always feel kinda sad for the person reading them (or attempting to). To alleviate some of this, I have a digital typeface based on my handwriting. It improves things a bit for the people who have to read my stuff, but it’ll never be like Wendy’s.
How’s your penmanship?