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Remolino Stencil

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by Frodo7


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Yesterday afternoon I was sipping Coke on a sunny terrace and thinking about life, and the universe, when an idea came out of the blue about a new stencil font. The idea was so simple, I almost felt ashamed not having it much earlier. Back home I started to work on it, and created the first set of letters. It's a work in progress, fraught with imperfections, including the usual spacing-kerning problems. Remolino is a Spanish word for vortex.
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Fri, 30th April, 8:59 PM 2010
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Thu, 19th May, 2:34 PM 2011
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intaglio
intaglio Sat, 1st May, 2010

I'm jealous. It's got wonderful energy.


Frodo7
Frodo7 Sat, 1st May, 2010


funk_king
funk_king Sat, 1st May, 2010

love the sample. it really shows your work to great advantage. again, wonderful movement within the glyphs. and the shapes are elegant as well. it is amazing how fonts come to us. much like a songwriter who hears a melody before anyone else, we must also 'hear' our fonts before others do. nice job.


p2pnut
p2pnut Sat, 1st May, 2010

Wonderful - it looks as though you have run your fingers through it to produce these sinuous shapes.


djnippa
djnippa Sat, 1st May, 2010

Looks great, for some reason it reminds me of the stylised version of the British Flag. I think because each character can be split into 3 or 4 different colours. My only crit would be 'w'. Is there anyway you can can have it curling up in the middle, rather than perfectly flat, also have you though of making a shorter 'r' a bit like the 't'?


afrojet
afrojet Sat, 1st May, 2010

Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Remolino Stencil” is now a Top Pick.


afrojet
afrojet Sat, 1st May, 2010

Great direction. There's some twisting three-dimensionality at certain sizes. I want to clone it. I like the story of inspiration too. Although the "Coke" seems out of place. Maybe it doesn't have the poetry of say, an espresso or a cigarette or a tumbler of Whiskey. But hey, if it led to the production of this FontStruction, then stay the course.


riccard0
riccard0 Sat, 1st May, 2010

It reminds me of a windmill toy! :-)


thalamic
thalamic Sat, 1st May, 2010

Cool, sophisticated, masterful. Win.


aphoria
aphoria Sat, 1st May, 2010

I love it...great job.


Frodo7
Frodo7 Sat, 1st May, 2010

Thank you very much for your comments and votes. This work is an end of a long quest to find a way how to create a stencil font of this kind on FS.

@intaglio: Believe it or not, you were on my mind when I was working on some particular letters. I thought, you would shape it just the way I did (e.g. those little spikes at the end of the strokes, they were added later).

@funk_king: You've said it beautifully: the "fonts come to us". I was looking for this font for months, carrying around some sketches and samples with me all the time. They all suffered from being too complicated and polygonal. You are right about the songwriter and the melody. One could not put it more clearly.

@p2pnut: How interesting these shapes draw different pictures, metaphors in peoples minds. I thought at some point it looked like toothpaste squeezed out in three colours.

@djnippa: The Union Jack, interesting. I just wrote about the toothpaste tricolor. I might do some demo pic in red, blue and white. Special thanks for the critique. This is the sort of feedback, practical info I was looking for when I decided to publish this work half finished. I've modified the "r" accordingly, and it looks a lot better. The flat bottom "w": well, I've made a new version, but it looks inconsistent with the rest of the set. I'm not sure whether it was really what you suggested.



Abneurone Fluid Types
Abneurone Fluid Types Sat, 1st May, 2010

I'm agree, the basic shapes have an "intaglioish" flavour, but the treatment is 100% Frodo7, a new genetically mutated fontstructor is born !
More seriously, the illusionary 3d effect reminds me some of your past scientifically crafted optical fonts. It seems that now you have the maturity not only to study and adapt to Fontstruct existing illusionary patterns, but to work on more personal designs integrating unconsciously, "naturally" in a much more subtle way effects derivated from your past studies. Great improvement in your own path.

Also, I find your aternate v absolutely cute and delicious.


Frodo7
Frodo7 Sat, 1st May, 2010

@afrojet: Thank you for the special mention. The font is only half done. I hope it won't disappoint you when completed. You are right about the 3D, and this is where it gets very exciting. I plan to make a set of small caps, and a version of lighter weight.

You can clone it. It's a great honor to me that a pro designer sees potential in my work. I've changed the license, it remains open for cloning for a day. Other honest members are also welcome, if they're interested. I'm thrilled to see some new version(s) I would never imagined. And I can imagine a lot of things. I'm also aware of my own limits, and the huge potential of cross-pollination of ideas. I keep my works locked only to prevent copying and potential abuse by third parties. Sales for profit at some time in the future is not completely out of the picture.

I wish, I could have written something more fanciful, but this is how it happened. (How about this: Drinking good old ale with friends in The Green Dragon and smoking pipe-weed - longbottom leaf, of course.) But the exact location, the drink, and the scenery are not important. What is important, that after a tumultuous week I had a few minutes of perfect peace and happiness, and got the idea and inspiration for this font.


Frodo7
Frodo7 Sun, 2nd May, 2010

@neurone error: Thank you for your comment. I've made a lot more alternative characters before deciding what went to this version. The whole creation process is like a tree: hard choices at every branching. It's funny, but I don't feel any mutation or major change. What I know, that a couple of months ago I turned my focus to stencil fonts. I wanted to have more stencils in my portfolio, some with quite original features, and with strong visual impact. I've done some research, some experimenting, brainstorming, and now I have 4-5 promising designs in the incubator. The first two hatchlings were Boikot and Remolino. It's only a matter of inspiration and having enough spare time before the others will emerge from the eggs. What I'm saying is that the whole process is more conscious, preplanned and managed for me, in contrast to what you've suggested.


Abneurone Fluid Types
Abneurone Fluid Types Sun, 2nd May, 2010

You are THE scientist of Fontstruct, shame on me to have suggested you had let a more unconcious aspect inject itself in your work.


Frodo7
Frodo7 Sun, 2nd May, 2010

@neurone error: Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. Of course, the "unconscious" is essential in any creative work. I used the word "inspiration" for the same thing. No amount of planning would result in a new font without a great deal of inspiration. Inspiration is the key. Planning and management only help to stay focused. I also tend to deviate from the original idea and go wherever my Muse takes me. It's a small miracle that anything gets done at all.


elmoyenique
elmoyenique Sun, 2nd May, 2010

You see? This happens when FS gives you more tools... you make (in a blink of an eye) other sorpresive and unique typographical masterpiece of art! My most sincere congratulations, Señor Frodo7!


elmoyenique
elmoyenique Sun, 2nd May, 2010

Nooo, I'm wrooong... No new toolsss here, just wooork and imaginatiooooon!!! Very, very great work this your one. I beg your pardon for my previous scatterbrained comment.


Frodo7
Frodo7 Sun, 2nd May, 2010

@elmoyenique: Thank you for your comments. Your second guess was right: no fancy FS 2.0 tools have been used here. How do you like the font name? Sometimes it's difficult to find a good name for a font.


elmoyenique
elmoyenique Sun, 2nd May, 2010

"Remolino": this is a name with much elegance and pleasing sound, it fits very well to what your font lets see the person who stops to watch it slowly. A very good choice IMHO, you are using Spanish names very well. Soon we will see you writing in my language, apreciado señor.


Upixel
Upixel Mon, 3rd May, 2010

WOW can we call you the Stencil man ? nice work
10/10


Frodo7
Frodo7 Mon, 3rd May, 2010

@Upixel: Thank you for your comment and generous vote. It gives me much needed inspiration. I'm working on the capitals at the moment. As usual, it takes more than one attempt to get some glyphs right.


gray.scale
gray.scale Tue, 4th May, 2010

Good shapes and effects!


afrojet
afrojet Tue, 4th May, 2010

Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Remolino Stencil” is now a current Featured FontStruction.


djnippa
djnippa Tue, 4th May, 2010


elmoyenique
elmoyenique Tue, 4th May, 2010

Many of us build fonts, you build font-arts, no one can doubt about my words after seeing this work. 10/10 again.


Abneurone Fluid Types
Abneurone Fluid Types Tue, 4th May, 2010

I'm agree with all, but, hey, guys, let him breath, he has not finished yet !!!


Frodo7
Frodo7 Tue, 4th May, 2010

@afrojet: Thank you for selecting my work for Featured Download. This is a special recognition I still have to earn by finishing the set.

@djnippa: Eight different versions for a letter! Now I can see better your point. I really like the 1st,3rd, and 4th. I've made one identical with the 4th version, but I thought the bottom notch was too small to make any difference. Not anymore. Thank you for your help.


afrojet
afrojet Wed, 5th May, 2010

@Frodo7 I think you've got the final characters in you. Onward towards the final push!


p2pnut
p2pnut Wed, 5th May, 2010

Congratulations on the Featured spot. It just keeps on getting better.


Qaj
Qaj Wed, 5th May, 2010

How did you make that?! I saw it first hand and soon it gave me an idea for something. I am Qaj, I have been trying to find a language for myself. Which bricks did you use? I'd love to learn how you work them? Please, help a new comer...


Frodo7
Frodo7 Wed, 5th May, 2010

@Qaj: Thank you for your comment. I gladly help you if I could.

First, it is very important to have a good idea to start with. What sort of letters have in mind, what style, for what particular purpose. I usually start making sketches on square paper with pencil, and/or marker pen. I start with the most difficult letters to fit in the grid (e,s) or the ones with diagonal strokes.

The next stage is to build the font in Fontstructor using the selection of bricks. That's easy, since I already considered the possible bricks on the square paper. You can start working straightaway in Fontstructor omitting the first stage completely, but for me paper & pencil is still the most flexible medium for brainstorming.

Third stage: a series of refinements until I am happy with the result.

In this case with Remolino Stencil I've set the filters to 2:2 (select Advanced > View > Filters, set the values of both the Horizontal and Vertical Brick Size to 2.) This magnifies the bricks to equal four squares on the grid, and consequently gives you more freedom to place the bricks. You can see my selection of bricks on the picture. Very simple bricks, nothing special really.

You can also learn a lot by dissecting and reverse engineering some good fonts, in cases where cloning is permitted in the license. You can make your own modified version under the same license as an exercise to hone your skills. That's all.

What do you mean by "trying to find a language for myself"?

@Qaj: Thank you for your comment. I gladly help you if I could. 
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<br/>First, it is very important to have a good idea to start with. What sort of letters have in mind, what style, for what particular purpose. I usually start making sketches on square paper with pencil, and/or marker pen. I start with the most difficult letters to fit in the grid (e,s) or the ones with diagonal strokes. 
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<br/>The next stage is to build the font in Fontstructor using the selection of bricks. That's easy, since I already considered the  possible bricks on the square paper. You can start working straightaway in Fontstructor omitting the first stage completely, but for me paper & pencil is still the most flexible medium for brainstorming.
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<br/>Third stage: a series of refinements until I am happy with the result.
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<br/>In this case with Remolino Stencil I've set the filters to 2:2 (select Advanced > View > Filters, set the values of both the Horizontal and Vertical Brick Size to 2.) This magnifies the bricks to equal four squares on the grid, and consequently gives you more freedom to place the bricks. You can see my selection of bricks on the picture. Very simple bricks, nothing special really.
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<br/>You can also learn a lot by dissecting and reverse engineering some good fonts, in cases where cloning is permitted in the license. You can make your own modified version under the same license as an exercise to hone your skills. That's all. 
<br/> 
<br/>What do you mean by "trying to find a language for myself"?

Abneurone Fluid Types
Abneurone Fluid Types Wed, 5th May, 2010

Frodo7, you could open a class, you are a really good fontstruct teacher !


Frodo7
Frodo7 Wed, 5th May, 2010

@neurone error: Actually, I thought about opening a forum for FS tutorials and ask some seasoned masters to share their secrets. We don't really have a forum here for that purpose (yet); some of them already shared very useful pieces of knowledge (e.g. brickstacking) before. The atmosphere here has been always very friendly and helpful, and not much secretive, and that alone sped up innovation and steadily improved the quality of works.


Qaj
Qaj Thu, 6th May, 2010

I am coming up wit my own conlang and I've already made few. But there is one that I am having trouple with. But When I saw your's it hit me. But I won't steal, because that is what God want's me not to do. But, if I could. may I modle?


stoni
stoni Thu, 6th May, 2010

Very nice this is your work! Congratulations!
Training it's week? :-)


FerreTrip
FerreTrip Fri, 7th May, 2010

Wow...I think I'll download this. It's so pretty. Great job! :D


LexKominek
LexKominek Fri, 7th May, 2010

This is very very nice. I like the dimensionality it has, and that J is just killer. Excellent work!


Qaj
Qaj Fri, 7th May, 2010

Look at my All God's Script... He's an example text I've did!
Hope you like it.

Look at my All God's Script... He's an example text I've did!
<br/>Hope you like it.

Frodo7
Frodo7 Fri, 7th May, 2010

@LexKominek: I've made another version for the J, a more modest one. Your comment is the reason I keep this one as a default.

@Qaj: You are a rare mind around here (as folks making fonts in their spare time would not be queer enough). You invent scripts with ease, whole systems of writing with their "alphabets", and create some nice fonts for them. This is a whole new level of abstraction in typography, and don't expect much understanding from us literate almost exclusively in Latin script. We marvel at your works without much comprehension.

I ventured outside the realm of traditional scripts only once. See my Tengwar script Elrond .


Qaj
Qaj Fri, 7th May, 2010

I agree with you on all that. Thank you for you comment. I hope to have a fav from somebody here on one of my fonts. If you know, have you heared of Ominglot.com? I have two of my scripts there. Check it out.


zen_killa
zen_killa Fri, 7th May, 2010

i love it !!


Frodo7
Frodo7 Sat, 8th May, 2010

@Qaj: Yes, I know Omniglot.com well. It helped me a few times with useful information about obscure scripts I was looking for. Having two scripts listed there is a great achievement. What scripts are we talking about?


fugitiveglue
fugitiveglue Sat, 8th May, 2010

Wow, who says “stencil” and “sexy” can’t be used in the same sentence? NICE.


Qaj
Qaj Mon, 10th May, 2010

Acttual one I did was made on paint and the other here. The one from paint is Qelsh and the one made on this site is High Hwarian.


Qaj
Qaj Mon, 10th May, 2010

Look at my other comments on the Elfen Nenuial Meldraug font. There are two!


Qaj
Qaj Mon, 10th May, 2010

I will do that! Read the rest in my comment in Elfen Nenuial Meldraug.

P.S If you are wondering... Nenuial Meldraug is my Elvish name. I have a book by Ruth S. Noel called The Languages Of Tolkien's Middle Earth! I came up with the name.


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Frodo7
Frodo7 Fri, 14th May, 2010

@cewill75gt1hb: Is it a sign of a senior moment, or a serious distraction?

I often observed, if I wanted to focus on something, there was always something else to interrupt, hinder or thwart my effort. The only reason I could manage to do anything at all was because a third thing interfered with the second one...