Just recently I hired one of my favorite calligraphers, Nancy Hopkins, to lend some of her amazing skills to a wedding invite job. I felt that instead of using a script font, that it would be a nice touch to use her handwriting instead. So I asked my client to choose a style from Nancy's portfolio just like she would choose a font from my library.
She ended up choosing this lovely free-flowing font called "Jordan"
So I gave Nancy my client's name to write out in this handrwiting style and this is what she came up with:
My client loved how it came out especially the capital letters but felt the rest felt too condensed. Unfortunately, calligraphy is a one-shot thing unlike digital fonts that come with different versions of the same typeface. It's a spontaneous artform where each letter will always vary from the next and unfortunately, in this case I was only given one version. Not having the extra time (or money in the budget) to have Nancy do a 2nd take, I decided to take matters into my own hands (with her permission) and manipulated the letters myself while hoping to keep the integrity of the calligraphy intact.
Here's the new version that my client ended up approving:
It's pretty crazy how such minor tweaks can make a world of difference. I'll make sure to post the final printed invites soon...