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Meet Gwinnett Hand-Letterer, Calligraphist, & Artist: Lindsey Ngo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Ngo.

Lindsey, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always admired many calligraphists on Instagram. Every image I would see, I was that girl who said “wow, I wish I could write like that” or “my handwriting is too ugly, I can never do that”.

My friends continued to encourage me (to me it was nagging because I really didn’t think I would be good) to start calligraphy, so after a few weeks I bought myself a pen
– a Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Pen – because that’s what pros were using. It wasn’t until a few months later that I actually picked up the pen and put it to use.

Once I started, I was hooked! It became therapeutic, a release where my mind can be creative. Lettering became something I look forward to everyday. I practiced every chance I had a pen (or even pencil) and paper within reach. I started lettering so much, I dreamed about it in my sleep.

It became such a passion to me that I wanted to share my lettering journey with the world. I started posting my work on Instagram back in March of this year and was so blown away by the love and support on social media.

There is still so much I want to share with the world – Follow me on lettering journey! -@calligraphybylindsey

Has it been a smooth road?
They say that your worst critic is yourself. You are the one who sees every flaw, even if the public eye sees perfection. With calligraphy, you are bound to make mistakes. This is why you start with a pencil and eraser. You are able to perfect your work before actually finalizing it.

That’s what I love about calligraphy. No one piece of art is the same, even when you’re tracing your old sketch into a finalized piece. You are always tweaking it to make it perfect.

I’ve made countless mistakes in my artwork, but that is the beauty of art. You grow with every piece you create. You’re constantly learning what works and what doesn’t. A blank piece of paper is a fresh start. The secret is not to quit – keep practicing!

When you look back, can you point to a period when you wanted to quit or a period that was really frustrating?
There’s a saying I came across when I first started my calligraphy journey, “Chase your dreams, they won’t come to you.” I haven’t stopped practicing and creating lettering pieces since I started.

I follow so many creative artists, it’s so hard not to get discourage to see how amazing their work is compared to your own. This is probably the biggest issue with me, comparing myself to others. How I got over this? I really haven’t. Instead of letting it bring me down, I use them as inspiration to get better! The lettering community on IG is so supportive and encouraging. Each and every piece I make is liked by hundreds and sometimes thousands of people. I must be doing something right, right?

When I do feel like I’m not creating something “good enough”, I usually get up from my workspace and take a quick break, which usually consists of a cup of coffee or playing fetch with my dog. This really helps me refocus and get back to work with a clear mind.

What advice do you wish to give to those thinking about pursuing a path similar to yours?
My biggest advice in starting any hobby that may interest you is, just do it. Just do it and don’t give up. Whatever it is that you want to pursue, keep pushing yourself until you’ve got it. You never know where it might lead you.

Is there something you are particularly excited about or working towards?
Personally, I’m so eager to have finally found a hobby I truly enjoy. I’m at my happiest on the days that I can just wake up and craft the day away. I would have never in my wildest dreams thought I would have a calligraphy IG account with so many followers or created an Etsy account and actually have people buy things created by me. It still surprises me til this day.

Professionally, there are so many exciting things to think about. The sky is the limit. I hope to someday own a workshop space to be able to teach individuals the beauty of calligraphy. I have so many big dreams and visions that I someday hope to fulfill. Until then, I will continue to push myself to achieve those goals.

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Image Credit:
All artwork shown was created by me

1 Comment

  1. Greg McClendon

    November 21, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Congrats to my neighbor! We love u Lindsey!

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