The results of the second Quick Draw are here! For the second round, Daniel Dostal and John Moore were the chosen ambigrammists. Read on to find out about their process, as well as see the developmental sketches and final results! [NOTE: All designs are copyrighted by the respective artists. We have permission to post them here, but you must get permission from the artist for any other use of their design, or to post them elsewhere.]
Image 01, Daniel Dostal
(01)The first try-on I started immediatelly after receiving an e-mail from Ambigram.com. I received this mail in my phone and quickly turned the screen 180 degrees. I checked the arrangement of the letters and for the moment I knew that it is possible to create this ambigram. I think, a lot of ambigram makers arrange ambigrams in their minds before they start to draw.
Image 02, Daniel Dostal
(02) I started drawing a series of sketches. I always admire perfect sketches of other artists. My sketches are chaotic. From this chaos emerges the outline of the project. I’m testing combinations of letters, style of the ambigram, possible ornaments. (02)After several attempts, I know what effect I want to achieve and draw the last sketch, which will be the basis for the vector version.
Image 03, Daniel Dostal
(03) Vector contours of the letter I create using Bezier curves. Some elements like “T” letter are different from the sketch. Simplicity of the modifications of the curves causing a lot of changes at this stage.
Image 04, Daniel Dostal
(04) Basic ambigram, based on the sketch version of the ambigram is ready.
Image 05, Daniel Dostal
(05) Time for related ornaments. I decided on a racing flag symbol.
(06) After this stage I noticed, that the shape of the letters is too soft and don’t fit to the sharp racing flag. Because of that I decided to sharpen the shapes of the letters.
Image 07 & 08, Daniel Dostal
(07 & 08) Final ambigram after all ammendments.
The whole process took several hours – without a break. In retrospect I see that the first version is more readable, and I should return to some solutions in it. Usually, making ambigram I interrupt work on a day or two to look at it from another perspective. But this is QuickDraw challenge and there is no time for further changes.
At first when I saw the word Gran Turismo I thought it would be very difficult to be two words. I started as I always do, writing the words, but do not use black ballpoint pen, there sensed that the reversal of words possible. The ‘G’ and ‘O’ are familiar, so the ‘m’ may contain ‘ra’ in the same way that the ‘No’ to ‘is’, then I did the sketch shown below.
Developmental sketches. John Moore.
To determine a level of style prior to the computer I did sketches of some letters pairings. From there I went straight to do digital. To me it is a waste of time to complete a scketch of something that is easier to compose on the computer.
Detailed ambigram sketches. John Moore.
Final GranTurismo ambigram. John Moore.
Thank you to Daniel and John for participating in the second round of Quick Draw! The next pair has been selected and they will be notified of their ambigram within a few days. Until then, keep ambigramming! And as always, if you want to participate in a future round of Quick Draw, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “I want to Quick Draw!”