Finally, I put it all together one one page and included a little brain illustration for my name, because why not? In the end, this project probably took me between 15-20 hours, but it was fun and the end result - I think - is pretty cool.
Recently, I acquired a new tablet for digital drawing, and I figured that this project was a good place to try it out for the first time. Using my Ugee M708 tablet, I digitally painted my letters, going for a hospital-mint green, dusty rose, cream, blood red, and neon green for my colour scheme. I tried out different skin tones (using the letter A), but decided that the green was the nicest "zombie" feel.
Here's the full alphabet with prelim and finished drawings.
Initially, tons of ideas came to mind, both photographed and illustrated, which I immediately put down on paper and sketched. Some, as I thumbnail-ed them, I realized might be difficult or expensive, whereas others seemed to pop out to me. I then went on to do some online research, skimming through hundreds of unique fonts for inspiration. Included are a handful of the most interesting ones I found.
Preliminary sketches and ideas, from a list, to thumbnails, to more fleshed out ideas. I liked the idea of using counter forms on top of a pattern or contrasting colour to make the letters, but it proved difficult to read and wasn't making me inspired. So, as I continued, I was surprised that I enjoyed the "zombie hand" idea the most. Not being a zombie/apocalypse person, this was new for me, but I found it liberating to be able to break the fingers at will to create legible letter forms, so I made the full alphabet in quick sketches.
The first project of semester two in 2D Design: Create a font using any medium, 3 or 2 dimensional, to design a unique alphabet.
Taken from the actual handout, the Project Description says: "Design
a typeface that will be composed from elements
in the world around you. Assemble your twenty-six-character alphabet
using only found objects
or environments of your creation. Letters may be documented through collage, photography, photocopying, digital
and/or traditional illustration, and other appropriate mediums."