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LETTERING

A few lettering pieces

Brush futhark

Sixteen characters in search of a style
Futhark inscriptions were usually monoline, without thicks and thins. They have not been much changed by the pens and brushes that molded the Latin alphabet. There is work to be done.

Brush futhark

The writing of the viking era

T he younger futhark was in use from about 800 to 1100. It consists of sixteen characters. Two of those stand for the letter a, another two for the letter r. This gives the remaining twelve a lot to do. It doesn’t make easy reading, but that didn’t matter much in a largely illiterate society.

Bold strokes in this piece face the same challenges as they would in the Latin alphabet. It was generated, from beginning to end, on a computer. The scratchy surface of a drybrush technique is made with several randomizer passes, and shaped with Bézier curves. Each stroke is in three layers with separate, different styling.

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