Drawing vs. Writing

Writing is not conscious of letterforms, as long as the words are legible. (I don’t imagine the look of words before writing them down.)

Drawing is full of conscious deliberation. Each line must be attended to; also the relationships of parts, the harmony of the whole. (Mentally I mark the page before setting down ink.)

Calligraphy is not written. Beautiful, consistent letters must be drawn.

2 Replies to “Drawing vs. Writing”

  1. This reminds me of the work of William Blake, who engraved thousands of lines of poetry, scratching them by hand into copper plates. I don’t know that he ever used movable type — always drawing his words.

    1. Oh, neat! I’m quite fond of Blake’s poetry, and I vaguely knew he did visual art as well, but this I did not know.

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