Quick Draw 03Mar 10th, 2012 | By Nikita | Category: News, Quick Draw
This is the third Quick Draw of 2012, and if the level of work is any indication, the bar has been raised every single time! Say hello to Dan Adona and Vasileios Stergioudis. Dan has recently been a frequent contributor recently and Vasileios has contributed for quite some time. Both artists have approached this Quick Draw from different perspectives & with different aesthetic, yet outstanding results. Take a look at their work, and tell us (and the artists) what you think! [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.]
Dan Adona Jr.
Since this is my first QD challenge, i was surprised to get a fairly simple word… NOT. This turned out to be very challenging since i wanted to veer off from my usual font-styling. However, in my experience a word or phrase and its letter correlation pretty much dictate the font style.
After deciding to do a rotational ambigram, I first did my letter correlation to see which letter match with which. Then come in the sketches. I’m a very rough sketcher which tends to be a problem when digitally tracing the lines, but i’m used to it.
I set out to try and do an ambigram with intertwining letter parts, but if it’s not doable – I have in mind a simpler design. the challenge here, I found, was the “a” and the “g-t” correlation. although “a” is simple enough, finding an accurate letterform to match the entire font style was tricky. solving the “g-t” problem took me longer than I expected. i tried using the “r”‘s leg and even styling the “i” dot for the “g”‘s outer bowl. All in all this process yeilded me two font styles: one semi-gothic and the other scriptic.
I usually just do half the ambigram (for convenience, mostly). So I scanned the sketches and imported them to a vector based program for tracing and node editing. after fully re-creating the half-ambigram, I line it up to see the whole image. then I tweak the ambigram basically to try and improve legibility and/or aesthetics.
After a half-a-dozen semi-gothic design varieties, editing the ambigram with either or both with coreldraw and/or photoshop as may be required, commences. I decided to go with a simple design with the argentine flag as inspiration. Finishing the scriptic style, however, demanded more attention so it would not read “Vargentina” rather a double stemmed capital “a”.
Argentina! Blue and yellow!!! I love this colour combination!
First of all, I started thinking of different types of ambigrams: Rotational, mirrored, totems etc. When I found out that it would turn great as a rotational ambigram, I wonder how I wanted it to look like. Handwriting? Dirty? Modern? Well… I commenced designing the basic structure, using straight lines. Then, after a drawing some curves to design G-TI, I realised that a graffiti approach was a very nice solution.
The central EN was not so difficult to construct. The real challenge was to turn A as itself, but lower-case. A self-symmetric glyph is not so appealing when it is not located around the center of the image, so I rejected a capital-to-capital glyph. The lower-case “a” seemed as an “e” when rotated, so I had to stretch it a little bit so that the little curve that would form the horizontal line for the capital A would serve as a baseline to the lower-case “a”. That way, A seems stretched upwards, but “a” does not seem stretched downwards.
However, I realised that the construction I designed earlier (the geometric one) had more to say than just a simple sketch. Thus, I went on to a second version of the ambigram, which I name “Ortho”. I vectorised it while trying many differences (capital-lower T, horizontal lines, lean degrees of elements).
All I had to do is colourise it, adding a contour. Personally, I like the graffiti version more than Ortho. However, take a look at the second version.
Dear Dan and Vasileios, thank you for your fantastic work and unique take on the same word!
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