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Alpine Font 30 March 2012 by brianskywalker Alpine Font 30 March 2012 by brianskywalker
Another update to Alpine. Mostly added more glyphs, but also refined some of them a little. I'm trying to decide if I like the direction everything is going in or not. The 'g' especially may need a little help. I was also thinking I may want to use a different tail on the 'u' and 'd', rather than the same as the 'a'.
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work but I also see several things which need to be worked out. The 'f' seems to want to fall forward but I think it has just the right amount of tension when coupled with other letters. It might be too heavy at the curve before the terminal though. 'g' and 's' want to fall backwards too much though and I can't decide wether 'r' is a case like 'f' or that it just leans too much forward.

The tail on 'a' looks good, the tail on 'd' somehow doesn't look robust enough compared to its serif and on the 'u' it looks a bit awkward and too heavy compared to the tail in 'a'.
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brianskywalker Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

'f': Hopefully it works, I think I like what I have right now. The bottom half of the stem actually slants to the left, and I made the left side of the crossbar more like a beak, as on the 't', in order to help balance it out. I'm going to start testing prints of this at text sizes once I get the glyphs for the rest of the lc.
'r': I might try bending the stem backwards a bit like on the 'f'.

I think I agree on the 'g' and 's'. Actually, the 's' was more balanced before but I was experimenting with making it top-heavy. It actually improves spacing alongside most glyphs, but beside an 'r' or 'v' looks wonky. Maybe I'll experiment with this more using contextual alternates. Also, slightly new 'g': [link]
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hmm I like the top of the new 'g' more, but the character is still falling to the left, and I actually like the bottom loop in the old 'g' with the sharp angle. Now I look at it again though it's too sharp and the new 'g' works better with the organic look you're going for.

Don't you mean the bottom part of 'f' slants to the right? I think it's indeed a good idea for 'r'. I like the heavy top of the 'f' buy the way, but I think there's too much contrast in some of the other characters to make that work. It looks like your Alpine typeface is going to be a great typeface for body text. I'm curious how you're going to handle the italics.

I believe I forgot to mention in the last post that the tittle is also a little small. I think it could do with a 5–10% increase in size.
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brianskywalker Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do like the sharp 'g' better too, but I don't think it was working. I may try something again later on, though.

I mean the the stem of the 'f' slants backwards a little, in order to even it out a bit.

> It looks like your Alpine typeface is going to be a great typeface for body text. I'm curious how you're going to handle the italics.

Thanks. I actually am a little curious as to how I'm going to handle the italics too. I'm waiting until I have the roman nailed down.

I posted another update btw.
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