As of 2010, all the pieces below are letters I created for a woman I had a huge crush on in 1993-1994. We’ve become friends, and she saved these letters and scanned them for me in September 2010. I think I’ve done a lot of excellent letter artwork in my day. (I’ve tried to order these roughly based on postmarks, but I am not 100% clear of the date of all of these.)
17 January 1994 – Cocteau postcard. I was looking for a quote I’d heard that was attributed to artist Jean Cocteau. I couldn’t find the quote I was looking for (this was pre-internet), so I wrote out a bunch of other Cocteau quotes. I like my somewhat tongue-in-cheek French address “Plage du Long” for Long Beach, etc.
18 January 1994 Hey Maria! postcard. I think this one may be inspired by a song titled “Hey Maria” on Les Negresses Vertes first album. The postcard I used was actually a piece from the board game Masterpiece.
27 (???) January 1994 Sign Language envelope to Maria Hall. This one is Maria’s favorite. It’s very much a riff off the American Sign Language stamp.
31 January 1994 Envelope to Maria Hall. This one looks a bit random, but it’s actually a somewhat rigorous method. Even though the lettering styles, colors, and case vary, for a given specific letter, it remains the same. For example, all uses of the letter “A” are lower case, yellow. I’ve done this sort of random-looking rule-based stuff quite a few times on envelopes.
2 February 1994 Envelope to Maria Hall. It features a fairly successful simple color scheme.
3 February (?) 1994 Envelope to Maria Hall. I often riff off of the colors of the stamp used – in this case, the green and purple of the Dorothy Parker stamp is reiterated in the drawing.
4 March 1994 Envelope to Maria Hall. Another riff on the color of the stamp. I think that this one is pretty successful, with its odd vertical lettering blocks.
23 December 1994 (?) envelope to Maria Hall. I think that this is very successful. It shifts around every which way, but is still pretty readable. I still do this sort of leading capital letter followed by lower-case letters, with all the same height (great for everything other than the lower case L resembling the upper-case I.) That alternating color every other letter tended to take a lot of time, so I didn’t do it all that often.
I am not sure when this was done… or even if it was sent through the mail. It was scanned by Maria Hall September 2010. It might be on a postcard, or on a blank card… not sure.