As most of you have noticed, Baybayin artisans have a distinct writing style. A trademark style that sets them apart. No, I do not use fonts, nor do I use fonts as a base, then graphically manipulated. However, I do employ a graphic Wacom pen and tablet when creating artwork for individuals.
I am pretty much known for running my characters into one another, in either a calligraphy or bold stroke. I tend to write different each time, depending on my mood, and what I am writing. My writing has evolved over the years and I am constantly experimenting with different ways to write each character. When I see Baybayin art on someone’s skin, I can usually identify who designed the artwork just by the writing style. Most often however, it’s going to be one of Paul Morrow’s Baybayin fonts. In some rare cases, I’ve seen stuff that was lifted from one of my pendants.
Just because I use a pen and tablet for my work these days, that doesn’t mean I can’t or won’t create a more organic piece by hand. I used to roll old school with an actual calligraphy pen or Sharpie, and a Xerox machine with reduction/enlarge features. I haven’t done that in a long while but if that’s what you might be interested in, maybe I can do something on a napkin and send it to you. Yes I have actually done this.