Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 7

Last time I worked on Q, C, G—three of the six curvey letters. This time I'm writing on the last three curvey letters S, U, and J, which are the last in the basic Enlish alphabet. Uppercase S S is one of those tricky letters that just needs to be practiced to be done well. But there are some things I'm looking for when I [...]

2017-09-18T08:40:07-07:00September 19th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 6

Previously I did B, P, R and D—characters with a combination of verticals and curves. This time I'm working on Q, C, G—three of six curvey letters. Uppercase Q In my research for this font, I noticed that most uppercase Q's were done with basic ball and stick construction. That is, the Q is made up of an O with a diagonal stroke (the tail) [...]

2017-09-11T16:20:11-07:00September 12th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 5

In the last post I finished up the rest of the characters containing diagonal strokes "K, X, Y" and "Z". This week I'm doing "B, P, R" and "D"—characters with a combination of verticals and curves. Uppercase B, P, and R I find curved letters difficult to draw with a straight edged tool. Turning the hand (or paper) the right way, getting the thicks and [...]

2017-09-04T22:17:53-07:00September 5th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 4

In the previous post I started the core characters with diagonals: "N, M, A, V" and "W". This week I finished up "K, X, Y" and "Z"—the rest of the characters containing diagonal strokes. Uppercase K "K" is going to have similar negative space to "N" and be just slightly narrower than "H", so those were the glyphs I compared it to as I was [...]

2017-08-28T22:16:03-07:00August 29th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 3

Last week I finished the characters with strong verticals and horizontals, "I, T, E, F" and "L". This week I moved on to the characters with diagonals: "N, M, A, V" and "W". These five characters have a number of similarities tying them together, aside from their diagonal strokes. Uppercase N The "N" is similar in structure to the "H" with its two vertical stems. [...]

2017-08-21T22:58:09-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 2

Last week I started working on the uppercase with the letters "H" and "O". This week I dived into the characters with strong verticals and horizontals, "I, T, E, F" and "L". These five characters are based closely on the "H" with the simple orthogonal strokes. Uppercase I Going back to my research, I remembered I'd need to do an alternate "I" with no serifs [...]

2017-08-14T23:32:56-07:00August 15th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |

Building the Alphabet:
UPPERCASE part 1

Last week I drew "s" to finish up the basic Latin lowercase. This week I started the uppercase with the letters "H" and "O". These two characters give the basic structures for much of the uppercase aplphabet. They set the tone for width, overshoot, stroke thickness, and spacing. (Spacing will become important when I begin putting the letters in the font file.) Uppercase H The [...]

2017-08-07T19:59:34-07:00August 8th, 2017|Categories: How, Type|Tags: , , |