An artist's signature can become just as important as the painting. I can easily visualize Picasso's signature, Monet, and several other artists. Frankly, my painted signature isn't very good. It's pretty clutsy and needs improvement.
Here is a short video of Quang Ho. At 1:36 he signs his name. Notice the control he has over this fairly large flat brush. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT-egUx0l3Y He signs his name with drama and flair. It is obvious that he is in control over his brush, his painting, and his vision.
Previously, I watched a video of some unknown woman artist using a small brush and laboriously drawing her name on the canvas. I won't post this one here, but her signature takes effort- adding paint several times and meticulously adding her name- her artwork looks like it took effort and lacked spontaneity too. This video made her look like a novice.
I went to a gallery a couple weeks ago and noticed that an artist signed his name with a black Sharpie. He had an entire room of his art, quite skilled, but obviously not skilled enough. I immediately lost respect for his work. I knew he gave up trying to sign his name in paint and settled for a permanent marker.
Yes some people could care less about a signature, but I do and I want to learn to master my technique. Just look at the signature of Sargent http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/20017465 and Monet
If you have run across a video of an artist signing their name, could you post the link here? Please mention the artist, title of the video and whether it is on utube, etc. in case you link doesn't post. This would also help avoid spam.
It's August 2, 2012. I just checked my email and noticed this topic was finally approved to appear on this site.It took six months, but still relevant. Oh Well!
I signed a painting with a known name permanent marker on an acrylic painting I did several years ago, and within a year the signature had disappeared, faded completely from the surface - I had to resign with acrylic paint..
Good point. I once found notes that I wrote years ago with a permanent maker. A yellow glow surrounded the black letters. Imagine what is chemically happening with paint.
With that being said, I admire good painted linework.