The closest I seem to be able to get to handwriting these days is to choose a calligraphic font; if I try to write a note or card manually, it usually involves a lot of frustration and scratching out. Our current promotion, "Rediscover Penmanship" is an encouraging spur toward doing better about sending notes in one's own hand. We forget how personal and visceral writing is, especially with good implements. Below are some samples of authors' and artists' signatures, as well a group of typefaces made out of the latter.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez and St. Exupery are the only ones difficult to decipher.