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Piccolo: Lettering is becoming a lost art
Another great post on the art of cartooning from Tina’s Groove creator Rina Piccolo – this time on the lost art of hand lettering comics:
I draw “Tina’s Groove” with an ink brush and black india ink. I letter the word balloons with a pen nib dipped in the same ink. Hand-lettering my comic strip gives me the option to play with the physical features of the letters and words, because, when you think of it, letters are images just like cartoon faces are images — they can be expressed, and “drawn”, in a way that adds life to a comic. Sometimes I draw dialogue in a way that conveys to the reader how it should be read. Everybody knows that words can take on different tones through the style they’re drawn in. If I were to hunt for fonts that do this as effectively as I’m capable of doing it myself, I would be wasting time. And let’s face it, tapping out letters on a keyboard is just not what you think of when you think of cartooning. What’s a cartoonist, then, if not someone who crafts these things by hand?
And I would emphasize her last two sentences: “tapping out letters on a keyboard is just not what you think of when you think of cartooning. What’s a cartoonist, then, if not someone who crafts these things by hand.”