For the longest time, I’ve been using a terrible scribble version of my actual signature as my ‘art signature’. It’s not the same as the signature I use for my cheques and visa receipts, but there’s a similarity there. The problem with that is, while I would recognize my particular scribble if it ever came up in a document signing, it’s not something that might resonate with other people.
This might sound a bit big headed – but if my work is ever worth anything, or if my name starts to mean something in the illustration world, I’d like people to know it’s my hand. I’d also like to remember when I did it – I’ve never been super good at dating pieces of artwork.
So, I decided to come up with a ‘symbol’ – a new art signature. Something that’s reminiscent of my actual signature, but takes on qualities of an icon that I can reference as ‘mine’. A rebranding of sorts.
This comes from a couple different sources of inspiration. The first and geekiest, of course is Tolkien’s Dwarven alphabet. I didn’t take directly from the alphabet, but I like the blocky, contained look of the Dwarven writings. It does bear a similarity with Hebrew, as well.
If I could find the particular artists that use the same technique, I’d cite them as well. It’s something I’ve seen a couple of artists do in comics and fantasy art – the block around a letter or a name. I’ve always really liked that. If anyone knows of which artists do it, or have a jpg, feel free to let me know in the comments below.
And, from here on out, everything will be dated, right below.