As a beginner artist starting out on the road to art mega-superstardom its important to consider your artists signature. Lets think for a moment about paintings by your favourite famous artists. Now imagine the signatures on those paintings in your minds eye. Chances are that quite a few signatures spring to mind, each one unique and instantly memorable. That’s what you need to happen when people think about your work too. Your signature needs to pop into peoples minds at the mere mention of your name.

So you need an artists signature of your own, a good one, an instantly recognisable one, worthy of a star in its ascendancy (thats you). But what should it look like? Where should it be placed on an artwork? Should you just use your initials. Should you use your full name. Do you need one at all? To get you started on the path of art signature-ness here are some things to think about:

1. Consider NOT using your regular signature

While your regular signature gesticulations may look good on the bottom of important letters and bank cheques it might not the best kind of signature for your artworks for your own security. In these days where identity fraud is rife do you really want your personal signature freely available to every cyber-crook out there? Probably not a good idea. So maybe think about having a different signature for your artworks.

2. Don’t be a Scribbler

Often our regular signatures are not very readable. You need your signature to be unmistakable and clear so that your fans and collectors can instantly read your name and recognize everything you do.

3. Full name? Initials? Surname only?

Does your name sound more impressive if you use just your initials plus surname? Or does it have a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ if you use only your surname? Maybe your parents were kind to you and carefully selected a first name and surname combo which just rolls off the tongue? Try saying your name out loud in different ways. Unless your name is Archibald Smegglethwaite you are bound to find some combo that works. Whichever you choose just be sure to use it consistently.

4. Your Signature is Your Brand

Everyone recognises the swirly word logo of Coca-cola. Your signature should be the equivalent of that (not literally); something that is easy to read, easy to recognise, easy to remember, and an expression of your art and personality at the same time.

5. Designing your Signature

I suggest you try writing your signature in lots of different ways. Experiment. Write it a few hundred times on paper with lots of variation and then pick the best version, the one that feels ‘just right’ for you. Also consider creating versions in thick felt tip pen too, for situations when a bolder statement is necessary.

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  1. Brigitte says:

    This is very interesting Stuart because I have never been overly pleased with my signature and I will definitely keep on practicing to develop my true arty style…

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