PROJECT 001: Letter
Right after downloading all the fonts, using text tool in illustrator I typed every Latin and Arabic alphabet from different fonts and stared at them for about 10 minutes. At first, they all looked similar to me but then later I started noticing their huge differences. I also made a thick stroked square with a white background to see which alphabet would blend in with other.
Even though I was pretty confident that I would be able to them properly, unfortunately, I was wrong. I faced so many difficulties, maybe it is because I am a noob. It’s so hard to keep black and white balanced and when that is balanced enough the alphabets become unreadable.
My first attempt was a huge failure but after looking at other’s work and professor’s help, I pretty much got the idea where I went wrong. I started off with latin and Latin alphabets and came up with different results
Even though they were not perfect I was glad I could at least do this much. I then started Latin and Arabic and felt like a newbie again, I realized working with different language is just like how I started with latin-latin alphabets.
It’s the second week and I am still struggling. I noticed that it is very hard to follow all the rules. Since I am struggling a lot, I asked one of my senior for help and guidance. I started all over again. I asked one of my senior to judge, he told me which all were wrong and how I am depending a lot on the background and how most of the alphabets are not 50% within the frame.
I have noticed that letter P(p) B(b) & D(d), look similar when rotated or reflected and are difficult to work with, so I avoided using these alphabets.
Latin – Latin
- I used the alphabet B & Q because visually they seem to fit together. We can tell it is a B because half of the letter Q covers the letter B.
- Here I used the letter S and a. S can be seen because of its curves that I had decided to show and for the letter a, there is no other letter which looks like a.
I used the alphabets K and R, they are easily detected. For the alphabet K, I decided to show its joining point and corners and R is used after reflecting it vertically.
- Here I used the letter K and Arabic alphabet ن. Here ن detaches the letter K but the alphabet K is still recognizable.
- I used Latin, lower case letter “e” and Arabic letter ط. I used the already existing spaces in e and manipulated ط in it.
- Here I used the alphabet “a” and Arabic letter ط. The letter a is easily detectable whereas for ط I made sure that standing line is visible because it could look like ص otherwise.
- Here my letters are ح and و. I used و as the background letter. It could be confused between م but if looked closely م line goes to the left directly whereas for و there is spacing and makes a wide curve.
- For this, I used م and ى. I used م from the font Sana so it does not have the long stick and is pretty visibleى.
- I used ة and ل here. I used ة as a background because it has more curves and basically is round so that I could fit ل, which is thin.
A helpful site which tells the basic terms for typography.
Hopefully, I will know these basic terms before next project. 😛
PROJECT 002: WORD
Start of the week, we were said to type two pairs of Latin words and two pairs of Arabic words on A3 and align them accordingly. I started off by searching the meaning of every word.
bitter- having a strong and often unpleasant flavor that is the opposite of sweet.
saccharine – too sweet or sentimental
euphoric- characterized by or feeling intense excitement and happiness.
miserable- wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable.
stultify- cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, especially as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine.
galvanize- shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action.
dismal- depressing; dreary
cheerful- noticeably happy and optimistic.
ornate- made in an intricate shape or decorated with complex patterns.
austere- severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance.
chaotic- In a state of complete confusion and disorder.
tidy- arranged neatly and in order.
precise- marked my exactness
inaccurate- not correct or exact
hilarious- very funny
serious- having an important or dangerous possible result
adorable- very appealing
repulsive- causing strong dislike or disgust
fleeting- not lasting
leisurely- without haste
Next, I made notes on my chosen words
then I fixed the word by forming a solid shape in between, I realized giving them equal space made the word look horrible I also noticed that it depends on where you measure the distance from. I also made a green line so that I can see that my letters are aligned properly.
Then I wrote down my ideas for the word “adorable”
After feedback from my friend Hessa, I canceled some of my ideas because they were not working well and finalized one main idea for the word adorable.
I decided to make creepy a** doll heads. OH, MY GOD! I love it and there’s another idea of making the letter from peacock feathers which Prof. Law loves so much. I have decided to push both these ideas and see which one works better for me.
I also tried experimenting. Since my idea is about creepy dolls, I am thinking to sculpt these dolls using clay. After some research, I found out that these dolls are made by cold porcelain clay and there is a way to make it yourself so I experimented to make cold porcelain clay.
corn flour- 1 cup
white glue- 1 cup
vinegar- 1 tablespoon
baby oil- 1 tablespoon
Mix all together and cook the mixture on low heat stove.
Unfortunately, my experiment was a failure and the dough got stuck everywhere.😣 I made the clay again and it turned out just fine. Hip hip hurray!
I started sculpting and it’s so much fun even though I cant get the look of a professional doll.
It’s week five and I have made a final decision to choose “adorable” word to experiment with and use disgusting looking doll faces. I printed out the letter “a” from the word adorable using clay which I made I made normal faces and started to make them creepy. I filled out the spaces with some disgusting insects.
Also tried the peacock feather idea, unfortunately, I did not have enough time because It took a whole day to make the doll faces so I just randomly stuck the feathers. I felt it was really hard to control the feather’s It may be because of the medium glue which In used to stick or It might be the paper, which became wet from the glue.
Unfortunately, after critique, I was told that it still isn’t creepy enough so I decided to use dolls to experiment with rather than making them from clearly it isn’t working.
SORRY DISNEY FROZEN CHARACTERS❄️
Finally, I have reached somewhere. I had started off with something really different. I had the intention to make creepy dolls from the beginning but I was not able to bring out the effect that I wanted well no matter my failures has led me somewhere. I still find it difficult to place and fit the dolls in the letters. I think taking the letter out in physical form will be better rather than using flat letters. I might try cardboard and then fix the dolls on it. I have a lot of space left in the letters I am thinking to add small heads and fill them and with some insects.
All these are failed experiments again😭 I keep taking the wrong track. I went and asked professor again, he suggested me not try so hard to make them look creepy instead just use one of the body parts for one letter that would make it look creepy by itself.
I cut out my letter on theromocol sheet for a strong base.
I divided the torsos to make a proper design with then, unfortunately, I don’t have enough dolls and need to buy more.
I Started cutting the base
It is really hard to fix the faces exactly on the alphabets so I still have to refine it and also the way I took photos are horrible.
Agh FML! It’s pixelated.
I already knew what was wrong with my previous work so I tried fixing it. I took my photos again but my issue is that my word doesn’t fit in one frame so I decided to photograph them separately and edit them and save them as png.
My word still doesn’t fit in A2. When I kern them, my letters don’t fit the page and when they do my experiment with the dolls isn’t visible & I noticed that when I separately edited them they look more like digitally done.
I retook my photos again
again I could not make it fit in one photo shoot. I still had the problem of getting them together because for some reason they have different shadows even though I took them in the same light.
I tried fixing the background with healing tool in adobe photoshop, which I learned from professor Mahmoud, but I think I still don’t know how to handle the tool here.
I retook my photos again😩
& again 😒
I think this time it worked well and I can edit it to make it final.
I edited it & made the hair disappear because it looked weird and didn’t go along with the other parts.
Working with light room
What I learned from this project is that there are fun ways to learn anything. I mostly learned about kerning and how the typefaces work. I learned that kerning the letters equally doesn’t make it work. I learned that the materials I worked with were hard to fit within the typeface but experiments helped me with that issue.