To the letter

I love letters—they drive me wild! I’ll admit it. I love words too. Of course, if you’ve been following my blog, you already know this.

I’ve now realized that I could probably draw letters all day long. I don’t know what it is about them. Each letter, and each version of each letter, has its own personality—especially if they’re hand drawn. The moment I complete a letter, putting it’s black outline on the paper where there was just blankness before, my pulse quickens.

I get excited about other shapes too, but there’s something about a letter that really says something, perhaps because it does actually say something.

Now it wouldn’t have taken a rocket scientist to figure out that language holds a special place for me (I studied literature and writing in college and have been filling journals since I was 12), but it is a pretty recent realization that I love these base units that make up language, this l m n o p (which for the record I thought was one word when I used to sing the alphabet as a kid).

I’ve been doing a lot of word drawings lately (as you can see below), but I haven’t done an alphabet other than just doodling. So I got to work today, and you will see the product below, which is now on sale over at my shop.

“Alphabet I,” 5 x 7 inches, pen and ink

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3 Responses to “To the letter”


  1. 1 Sarah October 18, 2008 at 7:43 am

    It’s great – like a pen and ink sampler. I can really see how much you enjoyed doing this – all that energy is there, in the drawing.

  2. 2 Ricardo in Puerto Vallarta October 23, 2008 at 12:12 am

    I like those lively little letters the ones kicking up a leg. How about numbers? I guess its anachronistic but in the noun ‘figure’ meaning number as people used to say ‘figures don’t lie’ the physical shape was explicitly an expression of the abstract math concept I guess that was an understanding of representing abstractions on paper that we are losing, but not you i guess.


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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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