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A swarthy and stout decorative script of humble origins. Gaze fixed on the far horizon, he readies himself to cast fortune on the seven seas. Every pirate has their beginnings somewhere...
Info: Created on 27th May 2013 . Last edited on 27th July 2013.
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18 Comments

Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 27th May 2013
This is, like, unbelievable!!! I don't stand a chance against you, fk, and beate. This is one of the best enteries in this comp already!
Comment by Noah (winty5) 27th May 2013
A beauty of a script :) I can imagine it painted on the side of a stereotypical cartoony pirate ship now...

Both z's are genius. The x may be a bit overdecorated though.
Comment by Umbreon126 27th May 2013
Thanks guys. I had fun experimenting with fin bricks, a small grid, low-res textural effects via composite stacks, and this quirky fusion geometric script. It’s rather formative, a lot of uncharted territory here. But I don’t know how far I’ll take it, honestly. You’re being too generous to call it a winner at this point. Unless I flesh it out with some strong and stalwart caps, numbers, &c. let’s just call it a fun entry that can get away with a bit of flamboyant swagger. ;~)

p.s. Umbreon126, I took heed of your perceptive feedback on the x and tightened it up for a better result. Thanks!
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 27th May 2013
Shiver me timbers, this is the stuff of treasure maps! It is as if waves are rolling through the text, with little slits subtly mirroring the connectors of subsequent letters. All that's missing is a jolly roger dingbat...
Comment by four 27th May 2013
Thanks for the poetry of appreciation, four! I love your concept of piratey dingbats. I should see what I can do at this scale. : )

I’ve enabled cloning because some treasures are best not to be hoarded.
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 27th May 2013
Fin bricks are awesome, aren't they? Even though I've been experimenting with them for a while now, there are lots of possibilities still to discover. Solid entry with pro execution.
Comment by architaraz 27th May 2013
Wonderful - the delightful detail that comes alive at full magnification is exquisite. 10/10+++
Comment by p2pnut 27th May 2013
Awesome use of fin bricks!
Comment by cablecomputer 27th May 2013
nice entry and very nice work, once again. your work is very sublime. easy on the eyes, but i never underestimate the effort it takes to make it look so. this one has surprises large and small. good luck.
Comment by funk_king 29th May 2013
I updated my sample with improved e, f, k, x, z, and an opened-up w. I feel particularly pleased with the revised x. It taught me new approaches to the composition/stroke order for this historical form while challenging me with fancy brickwork to strike a better balance of color and structure.

@architaraz: Thanks, my friend. I agree; fin bricks are full of surprises! I have an affinity for your many innovative approaches to them (I could list more!).

@p2pnut: I’m glad you enjoyed exploring this from different perspectives. I’m intrigued by how the brush details adapt to different resolutions.

@cablecomputer: Cheers! I want to take this opportunity to praise your Yamko Rambe Yamko. Top-shelf work in my book.

@funk_king: Thank you for your kind compliments. As they say, gods in the details. Or is it devils in the details? After so many hours staring at the fontstructor, one can’t be entirely sure! ;)
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 29th May 2013
Just a beauty! 10/10.
BTW, "Alhambra" means "The Red (fortress)" in old arab language. Also, it's the name of one of the arab monuments more marvelous in the world, near to me, in Granada (Spain).
Comment by elmoyenique 7th June 2013
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 8th June 2013
@elmo: Thank you for teaching us. You are very very lucky, my friend, to live near such stunning and historical monuments as Calat Alhambra! I wish to visit there and soak it all in. Pure, visually arresting architectural arabesques.

Did you know the impeccable tile work served as a major inspiration for the mathematics and artwork of M.C. Escher? My sample above plays with some of these tessellating forms found there. Looks like they already had fin bricks all the way back when. ;)

I named this fontstruction after Calat Alhambra from early on while pursuing a much more Arabic flavored script. The style began to blend with blackletter motifs and then took on a fat, round brush texture. The “pirate” theme emerged. Actually, that all sounds pretty Moorish to me.

The cross-cultural shorelines and artistic achievements of Andalusia dwarf mine a million fold...I just couldn’t resist a beautiful name and an epic reference. :)
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 8th June 2013
Very entertaining form of scripture. 10/10.
Comment by Isaiah Garcia 8th June 2013
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “fs Alhambra” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 5th July 2013
Just to know, you pass here every once in a while, makes me smile, master
Comment by kix 27th July 2013
Cheers, kix! And likewise, my friend! :)
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 27th July 2013

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