The Rough vs. The Smooth

I met London based letterer,Oli Frape, the other day. We were talking about lettering, illustration and then software, then he hits me with “I try not to do any lettering on the computer these days.” I was taken aback for a moment.
While it’s not unusual for artists and illustrators to favour tactile mediums over computers, much of the modern commercial lettering I’m used to seeing has been painstakingly cleaned, adjusted or totally redrafted digitally before publishing.

We all love the warmth and imperfections that comes from a beautiful piece of hand-made work, be it sign painting, calligraphy, letterpress or screen printing. But with Ol’s recent work you can see there is a specific emphasis on the imperfections and roughness, which is interesting

He said, he’s using less and less digital manipulation.

This is basically the mission statement of my hand-lettering. I’m keenly focussed on emphasising the rough edges and making sure that the human element is clearly visible.”

The middle postcards ‘None too perfect’, ‘but’, ‘charming’ & ‘honest’ are a self initiated set.