What is your typical first glyph?

mike gastin's picture

I would like to know which glyph you start with when embarking on a new design. Do you always start with the same one? Why? Also, does one glyph set the tone for the rest of a face for you and why?

I am finally taking a stab at my first face after years of wanting to, but would benefit from learning how you tackle a project and some of the rationale behind your approach. I think once I get rolling it will come easier, but I am not sure where to start.

Thanks!

Mike

mike gastin's picture

Know what? I just found info on this in the typowiki. Still welcome any thoughts, though.

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Mike

ebensorkin's picture

It depends on how I am feeling but for the 'sense' of the design when I am sketching I will often go with a lower case a. Just for flavor. And then I go with o, then n. Then g. Not always. Sometimes a different glyph is what inspired me so I will push from there.

When I digitize I go with o.

Artur Schmal's picture

In most cases I start of with an n and after that the o. It helps me to roughly determine the rythm and widths of the characters.

ebensorkin's picture

Artur's method is the orthodox one I think.

Quincunx's picture

I usually start with an 'a' or an 'n'. The 'a' has round and straight shapes, and a terminal (two even), which I find usefull for determining the general feel of the face. The 'n' I use for the style of shoulder and connection to the stem(s).
But sometimes when I'm doodling without any real purpose I might be drawing a different character, and if it's something worthwile, I will go from that.

mike gastin's picture

These are helpful!

I spent the better part of the day yesterday sketching a's and n's with the odd o thrown in for good measure. Lots of fun! I am having trouble getting consistency, but I am certain that will come with time and as my pencil skills improve through use.

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Mike

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