In all honesty, monogram work with calligraphy isn't something that I gave much thought to until about 2015. It's not something that many calligraphy clients here in Houston requested of me before then. I believe with the easy accessibility of computer printing and design it's something that became less requested. However, we are currently living in a calligraphy renaissance if you will as calligraphy, especially in larger cities like my adopted home of Houston, has become en vogue... again. Thank the universe because that is how I make my living :).
With that said, clients are wanting more of a personal touch that is individual to them and (thankfully) they want that personal touch to have been created by the hands of a human. It makes a difference. Granted, some will say that you can't tell a difference between lettering that is created via computer vs calligraphy from a person. Of course, calligraphers and those of discerning taste will beg to differ. There are certain design expressions that computers just can't provide as of the date of this blog post. I have never seen my style of lettering anywhere else. Obviously similarities are there but nothing just like it. Penmanship is individual....like a signature.
Below are a few monograms that I created for clients this year for a wedding, a logo and personal stationery. I personally have a preference for the ornamental penmanship style of lettering as these monograms yield the appearance of the American Golden Age of Penmanship (1800's-1950). Of course, I can use other calligraphy styles. Just let me know.
I believe that calligraphy is the most elegant form of written communication. Either do it beautifully or not at all. ¡Qué tenga buen día! ¡Paz y amor a todo!