I drew this mark a while back for my friend Tal. After sketching nearly 20 variants, he settled on this one—I suppose I was looking at a lot of work by the great calligrapher Villu Toots at the time. It was initially written with a carpenter’s pencil, then finessed with a regular ol’ No. 2 Dixon Ticonderoga. Although the mark is quite soft in appearance, there is a certain angularity to it that lends a subtle tension and "spring" to the form. (Hey, I can’t let all those years of art school critique B.S. go to waste!)


The ultimate application was an invitation, so it needed to feel somewhat
formal with a touch of lightness. That being the case, most of the
sketches that I explored were script forms drawn as though written with a
broadedge or pointed pen.