My Own Font!

This weeks challenge: create an embellished A in your own font style.

And then completely get distracted and create an entire font line.

I started with a simple sketch of an A, then added vines, swirly que thingys, and leaves. In my head I was thinking of some sort of magical forest font- like something you would see in an old book about Fairies. I wanted it to be tall and bold, but also kind of fancy.

Here’s the original A I scanned into my computer using Adobe capture, which allows you to turn your drawings into vector images:

Then I messed around with effects and colors for a while. I didn’t like that the A was asymmetrical (haha), so I masked half of the drawing and then reflected the first half so it looked the same. Then I live painted the A this forest green color I liked. But when I finally decided on adding the glowing edges font, the green kind of disappeared. Sad that my image was now black and white, I copied the original A, and put it slightly skewed over the black and white one. Then I live painted that green. Bam:


It’s a lot darker than I was originally thinking in my head. I was going to go for something kind of airy and sprite like, but I also like how the A ended up turning out anyways.

Anyways, I enjoyed doing that so much, that I decided to do a whole font line with the same viney look. It’s a little weird, because when you zoom out you can’t really see the vines but it was still fun. Also another note: this font is not complete! There are still sections missing, lines that need to be connected, and you’ll notice there are no numbers in my template. I just wanted to try out the font machine I used without going through all the motions beforehand.

Okay. So all the letters I made are based off that one original A. I used the different lines already present in the A to form the straight letters, and used the warp effect to achieve the rounded letters. It took me about 3 hours just to put the whole template together, and I didn’t even draw any of the letters. I’m sure in some ways it might have been easier to draw the letters, but I wanted to see how far I could go on the computer, and you can’t those small leaf details without zooming in on the screen.

There were pretty much two main lines that I used to create all of my letters, and then it was just up to a few warps, turns and reflections to achieve the overall letter. The hardest part was making sure that each line fit together nicely. I think the letter S was the hardest to make because it was completely made out of curves. It was difficult to get all the pieces together. Here are the two lines I used:

curved linestraightline

Next part was to find a make-your-own-fonts webpage. I chose Calligraphr because it was easy to use, free for the most part, and the first one that popped up on my browser. Calligraphr has you download a template with basic letters and few punctuation marks, you can add some arbitrary characters, but some are restricted for if you pay for a membership.

Next step was to fill out the template! I dragged it into my Adobe file and dropped in the characters I had created. I learned the hard way that every part of the letter NEEDS TO BE IN THE BOX. It took me several uploads, and many minutes of frustration before I realized this. Here’s my completed template:


You’ll notice that the p, q, and g all take up the whole box, and their “tails” don’t hang down under the letter. This is easily fixed by messing with the “baseline” under “edit characters”  once you’ve downloaded the template into Calligraphr.

Finally I was done with my template! Next step is to press “Build Font” and it will process each letter. Here’s the examples I got:


And bam! I got my own font! I call it: FOREST MAGIC! Its a little weird, and off center, but it’s my own font! And it’s exciting. I can’t wait to use it.

Tune in next week for a new adventure….


End of the Year

Wow! I haven’t updated this blog in a long time, not since it was an assignment for class. The school year is coming to a close, which means no access to creative cloud or digital arts for 3 months! Here are some of the things I’ve been working on lately as we finish up in class.

I did some work with clipping masks, and recreated this popular feminist symbol.
Typography Portrait
I worked on adding effects and warping text with this portrait of singer Aurora with lyrics.
Typography Portrait [Recovered]
Here is another version of the same project using cooler colors.
I worked on little fun illustrations that helped with forming images.
Road Sign-11
I worked on drawing flying cats (cause who doesn’t want to draw flying cats)
More warping text practice with a logo


I’m really enjoying being able to combine a lot of different things I’ve learned to make one big project. See you next year!

DPE Week 5

This week we continued our quest of designing a t-shirt symbol for the IB students at South! You can read my first post about this adventure here. We crowd sourced our  designs on a padlet, giving each other feedback, and comments on how we could make our designs better. It was really cool to see everybody’s different ideas and perspective on each other’s t-shirt designs. There was really a whole range of thoughts of how the design should be presented, how many words you should use, and what you should draw. Since we had to work on having 3 designs by Thursday, I whipped up two more projects to put on the padlet. The first one didn’t meet the IB brand guidelines (a very confusing number of pages on things I only partially understand).However,  My 2nd design for this week did meet the requirements. It didn’t really have a lot of design aspects and was mostly just words, inspired by this water bottle which was sitting next to me while I was drawing.

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This week was relatively quiet and easy. I didn’t have a lot of challenges besides trying to think of a symbol that hadn’t done before AND met the guidelines. I worked on my pen skills by tracing a stack of books, which I didn’t have time to finish and upload, unfortunately. I worked on aligning the text correctly on my nutrition facts design, and thinking up clever ** for the bottom of it.

This first six weeks of Digital Art 2 have been fun and new. I got to use a drawing tablet that connects with the computer (click here to see their website), work on my first design project, among other things. I’m really enjoying this class and it makes me excited to dive into art, something that I normally don’t do when I become consumed by labels of a nerdy science math kid or hopeless lover of poetry and long medieval stories of damsels in distress. I am really glad that this class is so fluid, by which I mean that adjusts to everyone’s different learning style. As a kinesthetic learner, it is VERY hard for me to learn just by listening to lecture. I need to be right there drawing alongside a video, or right there writing a poem along with the teacher talking about rhyming schemes. Learning needs to be hands on (or mouse on this case I guess).

One thing I do wish we did more of is colored designs. Frankly, black and white has it’s limits for me. It’s been interesting seeing what I can convey without color, but I think one of the beauties of digital art is the unlimited amount of COLOR you have at your fingertips. The perfect shade of any color can be reproduced without going to the Art Department and scoping through hundreds of copic markers. I want to learn how to use tools like the magic wand on Adobe and color matchers. There are so many wonderful tools from Adobe for color and I just want to explore them more.