Fluid vs. Fragmented. Continuous vs. Broken. Two different strokes achieving similar results. Is this terminology contrived to help you better understand these methods? Absolutely. I'll even admit to making these words work in conjunction with Crayligraphy because I wanted something original for you to reference—much like Crayligraphy itself.
You need to know the intention of the basic strokes for when you begin to write the letters of the alphabet. You must be able to deconstruct the letter in order to understand how to build it. The good news—now that you are able to make basic strokes—you can build most of the lowercase alphabet.
As you peak just above the median line, begin to turn your fingers inward and apply pressure. This pressure should be the most you apply out of any downstroke you've previously practiced because the broad edge is going to be less generous as you move in back towards the left.
For thin upstrokes, use the tip of the marker with little finger pressure. This might sound crazy, but grip the barrel as if you are picking up a baby bird with your thumb, middle and index finger. I know you're an experienced hatchling caregiver, so imagining this shouldn't be too difficult.
Natalie primarily practices the fragmented method within her body of Crayligraphy work. Natalie’s precise control—with swift, broken strokes—is a thing of beauty and a privilege to watch. She’s like a ninja with her highly trained weapon in marker arts and obscure presence.
Besides being a renowned logo designer and lettering artist in the industry, Matt is one of the best when it comes to the calligraphy game. If you have any interest in Crayligraphy—let alone being a left-hander—the following interview is for you!
A little update on my wife Lindsey’s Instagram account, @20MinutesOfCray: If you’ve been following her, you might have noticed Lindsey adding more of a personal touch to her posts and captions. This is great and means she is evolving within her own creative world, but #20MinutesOfCray didn’t align with what she was sharing anymore.
When signing up to The Craymunity newsletter we ask you a few questions to help us understand you better—in turn—allowing us to help our audience accomplish their goals. One of the questions asks you to tell us your biggest struggle when pursuing calligraphy. The majority of the responses are pretty much the same: finding time.
I’ve always said, my problems are mostly inconveniences when compared to the struggle many people in this world have to endure. So before reading any further, please know that I fully understand my troubles are a grain of salt compared to the dispensers a lot of people have to shake every day.
It’s been awhile since I’ve addressed anyone publicly. It’s been even longer since I’ve addressed you personally. There’s a good reason for my detachment and frequent, sporadic hiatuses. I’ll get to this later, but at the very least, I would like to address my communicative point of view and change it going forward.