Typeface similar to this F?

Dan B.'s picture

Hello everyone,

I'm trying to illustrate the word "Falcons" and looking for a script font that might match this quick sketch of F:

I've never attempted anything like this before, so drawing the letters myself is not a good option.

I'd appreciate your help. Thanks.

EDIT: The feather-like endings are easy to customize, of course. I'm more interested in the general shape of the rest.

Steven Acres's picture

Look at the top, at the title! Tangier has a nice italic F like the one you're looking for.

Nick Shinn's picture

AFAIK there is no outline dropshadow feather script font.
But it might be possible to take a sporty script and featherize its "brushes" (those are ostensibly the foxy parts, but with suitable detailing they could perhaps be made to suggest feathers/wings, if that's what your intent is).

Steven Acres's picture

Nick, I'm not quite sure but I don't think he's necessarily looking for an outline/drop shadow... I inferred this was merely the shape of the "F" he was looking for, not necessarily with that kind of stylization already applied. Then again, I could be wrong. :)

Nick Shinn's picture

We'll see how literal he is...

riccard0's picture

Not the right F, but already "feathered":
http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/larabie/sloe-gin-rickey/

kentlew's picture

Did somebody say “ballpark”?

http://www.fontbureau.com/fonts/Casey

Dan B.'s picture

Wow. Sorry I couldn't get back to this earlier.

To clarify, I'm not looking for an outline font or one that has the feather motif (mentioned that at the top). I probably should have mentioned "Falcons" refers to the athletic program at a school. They play soccer, basketball, and volleyball.

Steven, I looked at Tangier before I posted, but it's shapes are too "stylish" for what I need, as if written with a pen, which is too formal for an athletic program.

Riccardo, I'm not too fond of Sloe Gin Rickey...

Frode, Bello is indeed an interesting option, but lacks "sharpness," which would require quite a bit of customization. (Don't get me wrong, I'd love to do it, I just haven't attempted anything this extensive yet.)

Kent, Casey is the closest of the suggestions to what I had in mind. Love the capitals, but the lowercase again lacks sharpness. (That F is phenomenal, though!) I'll keep this one on the list.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Why not hire someone to draw it for you? You obviously have a clear idea of what you’re looking for.

Dan B.'s picture

Frode, that would be ideal, but there is no budget for this. I'm just trying to improve on what they currently have, if possible. If I can't do it, they just continue using what they have.

And this could be a good exercise for me, as well.

riccard0's picture

I'm not too fond of Sloe Gin Rickey

Neither am I! :-)
I mentioned it just as a reference to an already "feathered" face (plus, the price is unbeatable, but, as often mentioned on Typophile, you get what you pay for, at least more often than not).

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Don’t worry about me:) I’m telling everybody they should hire someone nowadays (and hopefully that someone might be me).

I think you should give it a try yourself, perhaps starting with a font that’s close to what you want. Feel free to post a thread here, if you need advice! If you’re completely new to type, my best advice is trying to understand how your shape would look drawn with the same tool as the other letters (thicks/thins/angles/terminals) and keeping your bezier points at extremes and handles at 90 degrees.

Dan B.'s picture

Frode, if I have time for this, I might give it a try. If I do, I'm posting it on Typophile!

Just have to find the right base font first, since it's going to make my life much easier.

eliason's picture


If groovy is okay, Candice might be an option.

Dan B.'s picture

Quick trace to see if this will work. s currently looks like a tail, so I'll have to fix that! l might need a loop. Please feel free to critique all my errors. I'm trying to learn.

Anyway, do you think this is going in the right direction?

DISCLAIMER: I've not bought Casey yet (just traced these letters). I have every intention of buying if I take on this project.

Dan B.'s picture

Another go.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

It’s easier to see if you post black shapes, but I think this looks quite nice. The right leg on your “n” has a bumpy curve, and it might be a bit too heavy down where it touches the “s”. The lower left part of your “s” also seems slightly bumpy. I you decide to keep that loop on the “l”, try smoothing out the top left curve.

Steven Acres's picture

Yeah, make the right loop of the "l" seem as though it actually passes through the letter to the bottom left and connects to the "a." As of now, you can tell it was just added on.

Dan B.'s picture

Good points, Frode and Steven. Will keep working on this.

riccard0's picture

I'm not sure about the l's loop. I would try it "unlooped", but "curvier".

Dan B.'s picture

Can't work on this over the weekend, but I might start a new thread for this. I'll post a link here if I do.

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