filled paths made from bezier curves "extruded" from normals evenly spaced along the curve, laid out on the page with normally-distributed starts, ends, and control points, playing around with width of the extruded shape along the curve and stddev of gaussian noise added to the width

applying the same effect to sequences of bezier curves constructed from catmull-rom splines of normally-distributed points, and using a sine function to set the width of the curve (which gives it an interesting calligraphic effect I think)

bunch of single-stroke "letters" in a grid using this technique

aaaand applying the calligraphic effect to handwriting data (specifically, random glyphs from

implied violence, joke about lettering 

composing characters by splitting strokes from two randomly-selected handwritten forms from the chars74k down the middle, then drawing the points from the left portion of the first character and the points from the right portion of the second character. the strokes all belong to their own "shapes" here so you get a bit of bleed-through for each because of alpha transparency. pretty happy with this, looks just like someone messing around with an ink brush

I think the problem with the method I selected for controlling the width of the curve (symmetrical points offset along the normal, multiplied by a fixed list of values) is that you can pretty much *only* get ink brush-esque effects. might have to experiment with also being able to set the thickness based on, e.g., the direction of the tangent at each point on the curve? something?

this is the same code but with thick ends of strokes instead of thick middles. has more of a marker feeling, i guess? but obviously gets messy when the end of the stroke has too many points clustered up with each other (as is common in this data set)

@aparrish it kinda looks like some of the characters make artificial vertical strokes? Is that intentional?

@zatnosk not sure what's causing that—definitely not intentional. I think I just need to make sure that parts of the characters disconnected by the partition don't end up as single strokes

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