FS Ariapenciroman

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by kix


hey fellas. let me introduce my personal CROSSOVER of "arial" and "times new roman", two of the most famous fonts of western typefaces. nicely presented in a scetchy pencil drawn quickie style :) it's just lower case yet, but i wanted to share it. upper case, numerals and symbols to come. really :) this is especially tasty in small pixel sizes! thanks for attention! try it... *UNDER FONSTRUCTION*
55 characters, 6851 downloads
Fri, 22nd August, 8:17 AM 2008
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Wed, 9th June, 7:58 PM 2010
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kix Tue, 26th August, 2008

thalamic Tue, 26th August, 2008

So this is what you have been doing all this time. Well, what can I say's superb! Every single character is gorgeous. Your skill, creativity, and daring grows with each new font. Very admirable. An 11.

funk_king Tue, 26th August, 2008


intaglio Wed, 27th August, 2008

I must find a new word to replace wow. The "chalk" effect looks magnificent in your reverse example. As thalamic says, 11 out of 10. Surely we need a "font of the year" category.

guentersen Wed, 27th August, 2008


alexfulton Wed, 27th August, 2008

Kix, that's really impressive. It seems an hand-drawn font in every piece of letter. Wonderful!

afrojet Wed, 27th August, 2008

Although everyone might not agree about Arial and Times New Roman being the "two most important fonts of all western typefaces", I think we can all agree that you've created something incredible here, Kix. In the words of Tim and Eric, "Great Job!".

kix Wed, 27th August, 2008

thanks all :)
i really had fun doing this.
arial and times new roman were indeed very important for me, but i agree with you. i changed that :)
i'll start "drawing" upper case.

geneus1 Wed, 27th August, 2008

OMG KIX! Great Job, Awesome Show! Can't wait to see the rest of it! Outstanding!

sliveress Wed, 27th August, 2008

Words fail me. This is awesome. Fantastic job!

saberrider Wed, 27th August, 2008

it's always such a nice contrast seeing someone throwing all the modular typface rules over board compared to all the 1/4 circles and 45 degree lines. it's absolutely fantastic.

Axel Leyer
Axel Leyer Thu, 28th August, 2008

WOW! Absolutly georgeus typeface, congratulations... KEEP ON WORKING!!

Érico Lebedenco
Érico Lebedenco Thu, 28th August, 2008

Incredible work! Good use of the irregularities.

Stewf Thu, 28th August, 2008

The new Featured FontStruction.

funk_king Thu, 28th August, 2008

dude, you're #1 with a bullet! congrats.

nemoorange Thu, 28th August, 2008

Jebus. That's a lot of bricks.

saberrider Fri, 29th August, 2008

i will have to ask him something in german because i guess it's his mothertongue and it's mine as well

darf ich fragen ob du beruflich im bereich typographie tätig bist? deine schriften sind ja ausnahmslos gut und zeugen von viel erfahrung/know-how

Fri, 29th August, 2008

Arial, Times New Roman
I agree

JH34 Mon, 1st September, 2008

When can check this fontstruction with 52 characters (26 lowercase letters and 26 uppercase letters)

kix Mon, 1st September, 2008

thank you all so much.
featured fontsrtuction?!?!!
i feel so honoured.

thanks stewf, thx fonstruct team.
i cannot believe it! kix on the index page! :D
i was on a festival this weekend, but as soon as im sober i'll finish this baby.

ich ab mal 4 jahre design studiert. dann hat mich die studiengebühr da raus gekickt!
seitdem jobbe ich alles mögliche. aber ich wünschte ich bekäme die chance irgendwann mal im bereich typo mein geld zu verdienen...
ich liebe buchstaben schon immer.
Typo in jeder form (graffiti, kalligrafie, posterkunst, streetart oder was auch immer)ist einfach mein ding. kannst aber auch gern mal hier reinschaun. enjoy!

@JH34: wtf? ;P

patricknas Tue, 2nd September, 2008

trully a great one, really impressive!!


autonomouse Tue, 2nd September, 2008

Wow, this is amazing! Just noticed there's nothing past K in capitals.. =p. Lovely =]

Raketentim Wed, 3rd September, 2008


kix Thu, 4th September, 2008

Thanks again.
I finished the work on Upper and lower case plus ".".
i actually wanted to add some more symbols and maybe numerals, but it's already TOO big in size. i had several errors downloading this, when it had more characters in it. so i had to erase some glyphs...
the actual size of this is 56,5kb... in comparison geneus1's Arkham Bloodletters is 64,4kb big and it was no problem to download...
i don't get it :P

cheers kix

Stewf Thu, 4th September, 2008

Rob Meek might correct me, but I believe it is not so much the file size but the number of bricks that affects the Font Mortar's ability to generate a font.

geneus1 Thu, 4th September, 2008

Astounding, kix. :-D

In regards to file sizes, the Bloodletters font is puny in comparison to ariapenciroman. It's file size is only large because of the complexity of translating intersecting curves and circles into their mathematical equivalents. If ariapenciroman used circles, it would easily be over 100KB.

The Bloodletters gridspace is about 25x15 which covers an area of about 375 bricks per glyph. The ariapenciroman gridspace is about 75x50, which covers an area of about 3,750 bricks! Quite possibly one of the largest fontstructions ever! Whew! I guess we'll have to trust in Rob to expand the Font Generator's brick array once again.

intaglio Thu, 4th September, 2008

Moore's flaw.

kix Sat, 6th September, 2008

like always.
you (intaglio) are impossible to understand for a european. i thought i barely know how to speak "american" english, but you guy are toooooo far out.
so whoever moore is... you did a flaw

intaglio Sat, 6th September, 2008

Sorry, just me being a smart-alec.

Rob Meek created a monster when he made FontStruct. Now he's got all these crazy FontNerds chasing him, gullets demanding more worms. I, among others, created gigantic files that couldn't be saved properly which led to a techy-upgrade, which facilitated even bigger ball-breaking FontStructions as we all set about using FontStruct in ways never originally envisioned, probably.

Hence, a vivid demonstration of enslavement to Moore's Law; hence, Moore's Flaw.

Sorry. Can't help it.

Stalker Sun, 7th September, 2008

I think I could say that this one is professional. Stylish shape, good intervals, interesting idea, innovative technique.

My rating is 10.
You are the winner bro.

Harmonic Sonic
Harmonic Sonic Mon, 8th September, 2008

Hey, Kix - I've got kind of a question, and this seems like the best place to voice it. I'm new to this, and I've tried making a couple high-rez fonts, but when I press the spacebar, the space always ends up being really tiny. Is there a way to fix that?

fontsy54 Wed, 10th September, 2008

Nice font! I'm a newbie here; trying to learn and be unique! How the heck did you do that?? Very cool.

kix Thu, 11th September, 2008

just take every square you place as a pixel.
thats all the secret :)
@harmonic sonic:
thats the same for the spacebar. logically the space you create with the spacebar is only about 1-3 pixels...

saberrider Fri, 12th September, 2008

Danke für die Antwort. Ich hab eine Ausbildung zum GTA gemacht und bin jetzt im 3. Semester Kommunikationsdesign. Typographie liegt mir auch sehr am Herzen.
Bin nach wie vor begeistert von deiner Schrift. Das einzige was ich anmerken würde ist, dass die Arial zu Prominent im Titel und der Beschreibung vorkommt. Schliesslich ist Arial nur ein Plagiat der Helvetica und hat so eine schöne Schrift garnicht verdient ;)

kix Fri, 12th September, 2008

wo studierst du?

und zur schrift: das mit der namensgebung und helvetica und so wusste ich noch gar nich :)
schräg... und mit dem namen bin ich eh nich so zufrieden. dachte nich im traum, daß die kleine sau SOOOO einschlägt!
1000 downloads geknackt.. is schon n geiles gefühl. ich glaub ich kann die schrift jetz auf keinen fall umbenennen, aber wenn dann würd ich sie in "precambrian" umtaufen.
so heisst das album von THE OCEAN, daß ich dabei gehört hab.

thepillow Sat, 13th September, 2008

over the top! i give it an 11

CaptianOlimar Mon, 15th September, 2008

there ae no nubers. are you working on them?

clecia Tue, 16th September, 2008

Very nice work ;))))

clecia Tue, 16th September, 2008

Very nice work ;))))

kix Tue, 16th September, 2008

there are no numbers because i'm afraid of editing it too big in size.
if it gets too big it won't be downloadable any more.
maybe i do a symbols&numbers set one day...

caseycastille Tue, 16th September, 2008

What can I say about this that hasn't already been said? Truly fabulous. I love the attention to detail that successfully renders something "handwritten" out of such a structured medium. You deserve a laurel wreath for this one!

kangaroo_mara Sun, 21st September, 2008

love this font!!!! how do you do it? it's amazing! personally i think helvetica is the most important font but that's just me. but i still LOVE this font

angelal Mon, 22nd September, 2008

I love this font - thank you. It is nice to see something "handmade' amongst all the "Digital" design out there. 10/10!

hellotheresa Wed, 24th September, 2008

You did a great job, the white on black image replicates chalk well and having it just as black text makes it look hand drawn in pencil.

shasta Thu, 25th September, 2008

great job, without any doubt. beautiful characters that really show your typography skills, great scetchy style, impressive consistency... it might just about be the most professional looking fontstruction. chapeau for this, great work, kix!

still, i think this might be a good point to talk about the limits of this application. even though this font looks great in the preview, i'd probably never use it on any print or web design, just because it's pixelated and will never look truly smooth. don't get me wrong: there's no way kix could have done this better - as a fontstruction. and well, the main reason why we're all building our fonts here is (apart from the fact that it's great fun, of course) that we can't handle professional font building software (or well, just can't afford them either...;P). on though i might just soon get crucified as the big enemy of innovation, i think using a huge number of bricks to get somewhere close to a smooth appearence will at the most bring you to a concept scetch of a font that would have to be produced in a vector-based font software to actually be really useable... and then it might just be more efficient to invest the undoubtedly considerable amount of time you put into fontstructing it into learning to work with the real fontdesign software.

but then maybe it just pisses me off to see such a great font and not to be able to print it in poster size...;)

wie dem auch sei, trotzdem eine wunderschöne schrift, und verdientermassen die nummer eins auf dieser seite...:) grüsse aus der schweiz!

Rockycrox Wed, 1st October, 2008

This font is truly amazing! Compared to my fonts, it's, like, a god.

kix Wed, 1st October, 2008

haha. thank you.
"praise the font" :)

don't be so hard on ya. i think some of you fonts seem to be a good start!

just play

namroud Fri, 3rd October, 2008

Love it. Great work.

Emil97 Sat, 25th October, 2008

Really nice!
I'm lookin' forward for the symbols!

kingpin Tue, 4th November, 2008

i like you`re typographi

Su-chan Tue, 11th November, 2008

Thank you, it's really great! ;)

cam.ill Thu, 4th December, 2008

hey chef.
wirklich gelungene typo, besonders die tropfenform bei g, j... gefällt mir sehr. hab versucht, auf dein myspace zu kommen, da seh ich aber auf firefox nur den background, sodass ich nichtmal den addme button finden konnte:)
meins ist:
vielleicht könnten wir ja in zukunft mal zusammn was auf beton typographieren..
schönen abend und grüsse aus hot india.

cutielicouso9 Sat, 6th December, 2008

can this be use in adobe photoshop?

kix Sun, 7th December, 2008

mein code ist ein wenig strange auf myspace. ist aber alles da. nur halt in die breite und tiefe gezogen... fands irgendwie cool, deswegen auch nie geändert.

das ist aber nur in firefox so. in IE sieht se normal aus.
graffiti mach ich eigentlich nur noch auf papier... das war früher :)

sure you can. just paste the ttf-file you downloaded into WINDOWS' font folder and PS will find it. enjoy!

WickedTwilight49 Wed, 21st January, 2009

hey, maybe, since you are worried about the file being too big, could you make a whole new font file for the numbers?

i LOVE this...must've taken forever! :)
good work

kix Fri, 6th February, 2009

the new spacing features are exactly what was missing to make this perfect. now i fixed several spacings PLUS finally edited the space button, which was way to small for this huge fontstruction.

hinachan Sat, 14th February, 2009

Coolest chalk/pencil font evver!

kix Sun, 15th March, 2009

I made picture with about 135 of my favorite glyphs done on this website.
It's wonderful to see how different all the fontstructions are.
I uploaded this to and added this to the fontstruct group, you should join :)

Click here to get to the full size!!!

I made picture with about 135 of my favorite glyphs done on this website.
<br/>It's wonderful to see how different all the fontstructions are.
<br/>I uploaded this to and added this to the fontstruct group, you should join :)
<br/>Click <a href="">here</a> to get to the full size!!!

marciovinicius Wed, 8th April, 2009

"Font Generation error
Connection refused"

I can't download it...


xariseto Tue, 14th April, 2009

thank you !!!!

:) :) :)

alanpf Mon, 20th April, 2009


Krad34 Wed, 29th April, 2009

should this be 1.47 Kb?

the downloads on this site seem to all be seriously messed up

Hevast636 Tue, 9th June, 2009

This is absolutely beautiful. How you pulled it off is a mystery... but this is one of the best fonts on the site.

p2pnut Sat, 25th July, 2009

Just came across this (while cruising the site) ... it's amazing

MartinLarsson Tue, 22nd September, 2009

As a suppose you know. When typing two j:s after each other (jjjj), the letters overlap. But how often do you have two j:s... Really great font. I want the full character set!

fontcollector Sat, 28th November, 2009

Hello, Kix!

Are you aware of the fact that someone called "Ella Fontes" has recently uploaded this masterpiece to If not, you'll probably want to investigate. It is presented as Aria Penci Roman, and the person states that it's his or her first font on that site.

Best regards!

kix Sun, 29th November, 2009

thanks dan.
I'll take care of that...

fontcollector Sun, 29th November, 2009

You're welcome, kix!

Although the download statistics seem to be available only to a font's "author", you can sort any category by popularity. You should also take a look at the Top 100 fonts, since ariapenciroman is already on this list after only three days, and it's moving up quickly.

Incidentally, a few FontStructors have chosen to offer their fonts at, beginning with funk_king, I think. My first entry was accepted the same day your stolen font was posted there.

I hope you don't have any trouble convincing that you're the actual designer and rightful owner of this magnificent font. They may not know the identity of "Ella Fontes", but this person was required to provide a valid email address in order to register and to submit your font.

Good luck!

funk_king Sun, 29th November, 2009

no, fontcollector. i wasn't the first and hopefully won't be the last to release FS fonts on and elsewhere. gus (fsstaff) mentioned that it wasn't illegal or a violation of terms to redistribute FS fonts. and many sites obviously allow it without any absolute way of verifying ownership. that is why awhile back, i suggested that FSers should release their work elsewhere vs. letting someone else do it. this font has been one of the most popular here and will no doubt be a crowd-pleaser wherever it appears. i think those that try to redistribute someone's work because they think FS has limited exposure are only fooling themselves that they won't be discovered. i think each of us has a responsibility to police our work from thieves, but don't lock it down; put it out there so you will get proper credit for it or someone else will :)

Fuente Thu, 3rd December, 2009

Excellent font, with a modern style, congratullation

gferreira_admin Thu, 24th December, 2009

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

fdsa Thu, 7th January, 2010


berthold Fri, 26th February, 2010

Phenomenally beautiful. As close to manual sketches as can be without literally being sketched. I also love your canned heat fun font. Superb worksmanship. You, sir, deserve a job in a type foundry or a big agency.

Und ehrlich gesagt würde ich an Deiner Stelle mal eine ordentliche Seite bauen mit der Deine Referenzen angemessen präsentiert sind - myspace ist dafür nicht wirklich sinnvoll.

cheinwai Tue, 8th June, 2010

I really like many fonts you created!
Thanks for free download!
And I feel very happy to use them

kix Tue, 8th June, 2010

Thanks again and again!
You're all welcome :)

I'd looove to see, what all you guys are using it for. This goes out to everyone, who's downloading it.
I wish i had more time for hangin out here. Watch out what's going to come, i got some baaaad unfinished shit going on :P


Fabrificios Mon, 14th June, 2010

I love sketch fonts like that.

Pixels all arround
Pixels all arround Fri, 18th June, 2010

One of the best I've seen, so far. congrats!

Romeo Figueroa
Romeo Figueroa Wed, 21st July, 2010

Wow. What is there more to say? Just look and be amazed.

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xenophilius Thu, 17th March, 2011

Oops... that was me, xeno. I just commented using a friends profile... I left it open on accident.

kix Thu, 17th March, 2011

Ha! and I love you

fonsasa Fri, 1st April, 2011

thank you.

CarlosLuna Sat, 21st May, 2011

Amazing... are you planning on making a "solid" non-drawn version of this typeface?.

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Csteph Tue, 26th July, 2011

Beautful, beautiful, beautiful!

mac69graphics Sun, 21st August, 2011

I LOVE it. It is awesome. Between elegant and casual. Will definitely be using it. Thanks

armentap Tue, 23rd August, 2011


khalilsidaoui Fri, 30th September, 2011

I love it!!!! Thank you very much, attractive font!

kimty5401 Tue, 27th December, 2011


JChi Thu, 12th April, 2012

Tolle Schrift!
Kann ich die Schrift auch für kommerzielle Zwecke nutzen (Website)?

19florisk Thu, 13th December, 2012

He guy's, go to my fond sharpoint plz.

Mairi Wed, 9th January, 2013

Wow! Very nice! I love the "sketchy" look! Very even, too. Looking forward to more from you.


Andreaintoronto Fri, 15th February, 2013

Do you have it as a solid, i.e. no stripes?

natic Sat, 6th April, 2013

Great work!

judypal Thu, 18th September, 2014

super nice!

mohammad qandeel
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SKARIDE Tue, 7th April, 7:09 AM

Why can't download ?

Umbreon126 Tue, 7th April, 5:19 PM

The designer of this FontStruction has chosen not to make it available for download from this website by choosing an “All Rights Reserved" license.

Please respect their decision and desist from requesting license changes in the comments.

harnam Fri, 10th July, 6:57 AM

please i wnt to download it

j4s13 Mon, 13th July, 12:48 AM

"Please do not request download access or license changes in the comments"

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armanes Fri, 2nd October, 8:53 AM

it is perfect for school stafs