The Energy of Novia Jonatan

Commitment, dedication and a bit of obsession come to mind when I see the work of Novia Jonatan. Her pieces are sweet and energetic like her personality that bubbled out of her answers for Lettering Guy.

1. Your name and title/business name/location?

My name is Novia Jonatan and sometimes people on Instagram thought i am a Spanish and if I’m not why would I use the moniker of Novia and i found myself repeatedly explain to them that I am an Indonesian and my first name is actually pretty common for a girl here. I was born and raised in the sunny and extremely humid city of Jakarta, Indonesia.

2. Do you have a specialty or special style that makes you relatively unique? If so, what?

I know I feel most comfortable with script lettering and flourishes, I love to see what others do with serif letters, but my hand feels itchy if I didn’t add some kind of swashes to a letter. I know I’m still far away from what I want my drawings to be, but hey, as Doyald Young said, it takes a lot of time to be able to draw a good letter well.

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3. What’s your educational background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?

I have a bachelor degree in Visual Communication Design that practically have nothing to do with my typography interest. The typography program in my university was suck a big time, I can ramble about it but then it would make me sound more boring than I already am. :p I learn by doing and practicing a lot. I still draw until 3 am most days.

4. Preferred tool(s) and medium?

I always use mechanical pencil with 4b lead in a piece of wood-free paper, oh, and I had to have some kind of movie playing in the background. Right now I’m in my 3rd time of marathoning Elementary.

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5. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?

Some days when I feel like everything I do is just a crap and I’m going nowhere, I’ll just sleep, or hanging out with my friends, going places. And I read motivational quotes like a lot and then sleep some more.

6. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.

Uh, I would really love to see my artwork tattooed in somebody’s body one day. It would be a really big honor for me. 🙂 oh, and I cannot draw (like illustrating stuffs), I was and still am so bad, I failed my drawing class :p 

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Instagram @Novia / Behance

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