There are currently 12 Master Penmen living, and Jake Weidmann is one of them. This penman stands out in the fact that he is the youngest by 30 years, continuing to adopt handwritten techniques in a time of digital dominance. In todays digital climate there is less and less of a 'need' for the art of handwriting and calligraphy however Weidmann proves that it is certainly not to be forgotten as he creates beautiful pieces, incorporating hand written typography and artistic talent.
He works across many mediums including drawing in pencil and charcoal; pen and ink; painting in acrylic, airbrush, oil and gouache; sculpting in wood, bone, antler and clay; and is versed in numerous forms of calligraphy. He is best known for the integration of flourishing and hand- lettering in his art. Jake also designs his own hand-made pens.
Weidmann further discusses his views on the need for Penmanship in this TED talk and gives a fluent interesting view on the need to write in the 21st Century.
For a further insight into penmanship here is a clip of a fellow penman, John DeCollibus, explaining his work in detail.