Bat Country

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I produced this for my "communicating with words" first year module on the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course at UWE Bristol, England. It pays homage to Ralph Steadman and is a true testament to what you can do on fontstruct, if you’re willing to spend a week in front of a computer in your underpants. Recently reviewed on P.C World Downloads www.laurieguy.co.uk
Info: Created on 29th October 2009 . Last edited on 4th January 2010.
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I don't know how you did it, but it looks like a masterpiece quite out of this FS world. 10/10 Can you do Rorschach cards?
Comment by Frodo7 6th November 2009
oh, yes. mighty magnificent. i can see how doing this would make you a little batty. i think would work well for a couple of Poe titles :) even more impressive using a relatively manageable grid and 1x1 filter. i cloned it to take a peek and have deleted clone. kind of you to share your technique, but i would put this on lock-down :) this is so outstanding and a great technical achievement, that even after seeing how you did it, i remain in awe.
Comment by funk_king 6th November 2009
Like fk, I just had to clone this and have a peek at the workings of this really fine bit of artistry.

An absolutely amazing job loboarches ... looking forward to seeing what else you come up with. Gets my 10 :)
Comment by p2pnut 6th November 2009
Amazing work.

I agree with funk_king...lock this baby down!
Comment by aphoria 6th November 2009
:O
Comment by cayo 6th November 2009
The gob is smacked.
Comment by intaglio 7th November 2009
I've made a clone too. But don't worry, I'm not going to copy it, or use it in any way to create some derivative work. I just wanted to learn more about your technique, that's all. I also agree with funk_king and others: it is so unique and of high quality, you'd better lock it down before it's too late. There are some vigilant folks registered on FS, but never made a font themselves, waiting for some juicy stuff they can clone and list under a different name on their websites.
Comment by Frodo7 7th November 2009
thanks for the heads up guys i'm new to this so i wasn't sure how to lock them down but i think i've sorted it out now. thanks again for all your comments! Laurie Jackson (lobo)
Comment by loboarches 7th November 2009
Absolutely amazing achievement. I didn't know there were an ink tool in FS... And I'm so sad I'm coming to late to clone and see how did it. But my fellow fonstructors are right: you unfortunately need to protect your work these days.
Comment by igorrossi 7th November 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Fear and Loathing” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by gferreira_admin 9th November 2009
Wow. This is totally Gonzo. Ralph Steadman meets Fontstruct. Bravo.
Comment by afrojet 9th November 2009
Sorprendente!
Are you shure you are using the same FontStruct as I do? I'm going to refresh my cache just in case...
Comment by cayo 9th November 2009
Thanks again for the comments folks and cheers to the powers that be at fontstruct for putting my fontstruct as a top pick.
many thanks. Laurie
Comment by loboarches 10th November 2009
Personally love it!
Comment by CrazyJGraphix 10th November 2009
Truly wonderful especially when you get up close and see the geometry of the ink. I can't believe you're in your first year.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 10th November 2009
Laurie, you are a legend. Good work that man!!
Comment by ssymonds 10th November 2009
interesting description of your process. it would be nice to see pictures of the initial glyphs you created before doing them in FS. the outcome is great, but the back story is intriguing as well :)
Comment by funk_king 10th November 2009
The tracing-onto-graph-paper and digitizing-via-fontstruct steps must be killers – though they definitely speak to the intricate handcraft you are putting into all this! I have a suggestion for how you can dramatically speed things up (and avoid some more tremendous, soul-sucking tedium and save yourself some vital energy) while adding the lowercase.

kix first published this technique here, though to my knowledge I was the first to use it for my homage to Lichtenstein contribution to the first multi-user fontstruction – Bubble Lab. The basic idea: open up the fontstructor in a semi-transparent window with an image you desire to “trace” appearing directly beneath it. Really, it’s just a cunning extrapolation of a common technique used in any number of graphics programs to trace, embellish, or otherwise digitize images from an existing source – usually a scan or digital photograph. There are a number of ways to make your browser window transparent, depending on your OS. Contact me directly if you have any trouble figuring this part out. You will have to come up with a method for scaling your images to the grid, but I imagine you have already gotten used to this with your hand tracing approach.

If you look closely at my “finger pointing” glyph in Bubble Lab, you will see that I extended this technique to its logical extreme of detail. Rather than stick to the “smooth-edged” approach you and kix used – as you said limitating each line to only 4 given angles – I treated the fontstuct grid as a sort of pixel matrix where each partial brick (and all their brickstacked permutations) are considered as grayscale values. Since almost all bricks are available in four rotations, selecting the right bricks in a given position always allows for a “continuous” line – lines which will appear from a certain distance to hold to any given angle. Back in the category of tremendous labor and tedium, one can come up with limitless, even fractal-like textures which define the line quality of a gien work. Intaglio – another old-timey fontstructor – called my first use of the technique “crayoning outside the line”, for instance. :D

Your method has some very intentional and well-considered constraints, so please don’t get me wrong. They are especially apropos to the subject matter from my highly personal perspective. I too was enamored with Steadman’s lettering on the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas book jacket. So much so that I actually scavenged a cardboard box once containing movie poster for the same so that I could roughly tear out the title (which for some reason was on this cardboard box :) and pin it up as the center piece for the large and eclectic collage which adorned one of my teenage room’s walls. Whenever I see these letters, I can’t help but imagine them in this context – as thick black ink pooling erratically on the surface of rotting corrugated cardboard with the underlying, prison-bar like rib pattern still showing through as they characterize the surface flow. The four–angle grid yields a very similar quality.

How all this triggers such a poignant and timely memory for me! Thank you for sharing these elegantly trashy letters splashed as if on scraps of cardboard, a precise metaphor as any for the decline of the American Empire! 10/10 and I hope all this saves you some time!
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 10th November 2009
cheers will its always nice to here feadback espcially that Thorough! i had a look at that tracing technique that you used and it's pure genious! i'll definalty be looking into that for my further design's. i'm very pleased you like the font and that you seem to find a nostalgic quality in it. hopfully that means i've done it right! thanks again for taking the time out and parting wisdom lol.
laurie
Comment by loboarches 11th November 2009
Comment by loboarches 11th November 2009
Congratulations on the TP - well earned.

@will.i.ૐ: Thanks for the info about transparent windows - have d/l and installed Transparent Windows already ... now to play with it:)
Comment by p2pnut 11th November 2009
laurie... you make me sick!!! this is so good... after seeing yours in the library in the early stages i decided to completely re think my entire project, its still not finished, but it's way better than it was... amazing stuff. i for one, feel seriously threatened ;) love it - Jo xx
Comment by pinkpanther 11th November 2009
wahouuua !! incredible thing that !
a big "BRAVO" for your work !
You student give some real inspiration for font creation on fs !
Comment by zen_killa 13th November 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Bat Country” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
Comment by gferreira_admin 25th November 2009
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Bat Country” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
Comment by gferreira_admin 25th November 2009
Are you do this with fontstruct ?
Comment by darkseeid 30th November 2009
brilliant.
Any plans to do the numbers or more punctuation?
Please say "yes"..
Comment by linehand 1st December 2009
Thats incredible!!!!!!
:O
It's a masterpiece. How did you do it? 10/10
You should make a living out of doing that!
Comment by DiabloDemon 1st December 2009
I want to bumb this font, have you ever watchd Helvetica!?
Comment by GypC14 8th December 2009
loboarches, I was about to put my ideas on hold, perceiving the allotment of shapes as limiting, but what you have shown me is no less than inspiring, and I love tedium so graph paper will be my way too. But I do like the Idea of transparency givin by will.i.ૐ, I just have to figure out how to do that.
Comment by twelvish 10th December 2009
Pros : Artsy

Cons : Such fine structure of lines disturb the clarity of characters (i, w, m etc). Also there are no numbers or punctuation included in your font so it fills in with default font (which is then cut in half) This is okay for artwork but isn't good for applied use. 5/10
Comment by Denzel Johnson (mobilesuit) 10th December 2009
Bat Country has slipped from No.1 to No7 in the last two days after it accrued three troll votes (see the picture). These votes are not about evaluation, we all know that. These votes are guided by sinister intentions to manipulate the TP list. I don't want to
consider the inferential perpetrator(s), it seems unimportant at this point. Needless to say, I'm always angry, regardless of who the victim is, when I see such deliberate attempt to make our positive ratings a nullity.

Loboarches came to FS recently (along with many talented artists from University of the West of England, Bristol). They infused fresh new ideas, and shared many outstanding works here on FS, raising the standards to new heights, so I think, we ought to
appreciate that. Bat Country was instantly recognised as an exceptional work by many, and within a few weeks it has climbed up on the TP chart to be the No.1. I appeal to you, all who have opinion, but did not vote for this particular fontstruction, to help to restore its position. We could ask FS staff to delete those troll votes, of course. Easy. But I think, it is a good opportunity for members to show their qualities.

I have no more stars left for this work. It is upon you to show your esteem, respect and admiration in numbers at the voting boot.
Comment by Frodo7 11th December 2009
I fully endorse Frodo7's appeal. Sadly, I only had the one 10 to offer ... wish I could give more. So, c'mon anyone who hasn't voted and slap you 10 on here.
Comment by p2pnut 11th December 2009
Wonderful! Considering the tools that you have to work with, you were able to create something so organic on a strict grid system. Kudos!
Comment by hellotheresa 11th December 2009
My word... I though I put too much effort into my work, but this font shows me just how wrong I am!
I can hardly believe... In Fontstruct... That much detail?!
This is the best font I have seen at FontStruct thus far, and I sincerely doubt I will be able to find a better one (unless it comes from you, that is)!
Comment by WolfieMario 12th December 2009
Outstanding! The product of a creative and troubled mind. I like that. Keep 'em coming...
Comment by moonshot 13th December 2009
thanks for all your comments everyone i honestly didnt think my font would do this well! if anyone has used it for any thing at all i would be delighted to see them. cheers. laurie
Comment by loboarches 14th December 2009
This is such a great font! If only it had an apostrophe I'd be using it right now :(
Comment by Deebster 21st December 2009
Love it! Looks creepy but very artistic :)
Comment by americanfridge 12th January 2010
wow. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, amazing... I love it.
Comment by p!nkluver 20th January 2010
Hey Laurie. I am totally digging and relating to this particular brand of insanity. I find it both maddening and inspirational at the same time. I also feel impelled to remark on the creative work of your fellow classmates and the bold experimental work that has been produced. Please keep the crazy coming. =)
Comment by geneus1 22nd January 2010
Impressive...
I would say, that this is one of the best projects on FS.

I don't know how long you've been working on this, but creating something like this from scans in serious program, not only would be faster, but would give much, much better effect.

...so it's impressive in kinda' sad way, really...


Chears.
Comment by szndm 7th March 2010
Nice imagination and creativity. Well done.
Comment by syamsunders 29th March 2010
wow, very nice =]
Comment by spacebabi 31st March 2010
very awesome!
Comment by juliannicole 10th April 2010
That could be compared to "Chiller", but its better, very inspiring stuff, keep it up!
Comment by Matt Grey (mattgrey) 9th May 2010
did you use font-struct to mske this?
Comment by pappappeppermint 9th May 2010
Very impressive! :)
Comment by gspace 13th May 2010
°∆° How?... How??? Looks now modular but whhaaaa???
Comment by m_frind1_m 14th May 2010
°∆° How?... How??? Looks now modular but whhaaaa???
Comment by m_frind1_m 14th May 2010
I just joined FontStuct just to compliment you on this work. Wonderfully done.
Comment by Mary Domowicz 14th May 2010
szndm: Although most of us might agree that using a vector-based drawing program and a scanner would be the intuitive approach for realizing a display face like this, the fact that the designer followed her own process in creating this is notable and commendable. As she stated, this seemed to be a required restriction, which to me, is what FS is all about...testing the boundaries and seeing what FS can do. I think that the faceted nature of Bat Country at large sizes is what makes it so intriguing, giving it a particular character that it might not otherwise have. Lastly, I must disagree with your inference that FS isn't a “serious” program. Sure, there are plenty of other professional tools out there, and we all have a wish-list of what FS COULD do (no offense to 2.0), but what it DOES do, it does extremely well... and it's FREE! I've been able to use FS to quickly create display fonts for professional projects… fonts that I would have never otherwise taken the time to make. I've always thought that part of what makes FS so exciting IS the limitations. I think most professional designers would tell you that some of their best work is a result of limited parameters, materials, etc. So... thanks again to Laurie for sharing with us all an avenue of exploration we may not have considered. (… steps off soapbox, loses balance, laughs nervously, wipes brow.)
Comment by fugitiveglue 14th May 2010
amazing work! very impressive
Comment by kenblueswell76 15th May 2010
amazing work! very impressive

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forex
Comment by kenblueswell76 15th May 2010
hahaha brilliant!
yet again i've got to thank everyone for the comments, it's benn extremly enlightening for me to progress trough my first year of my degree and have such great feedback on somthing i've done. so yet again thanks a bunch.
although sorry to dissapoint (fugitiveglue) but i'm not a girl i'm afraid lol. though i know the name laurie can throw people off.
Comment by loboarches 15th May 2010
Oh crap. Sorry for the gender-confusion! And for the record, I was fawning over your work, not you personally. :)
Comment by fugitiveglue 15th May 2010
apik
Comment by Adien Gunarta (Adien Gunarta) 28th May 2010
this is soooo awesome! I downloaded it. How did you make that? That is soooo cool!!!!!
Comment by rexy19456 19th June 2010
Mate of mine got this done, cheers samboi!
Comment by loboarches 5th August 2010
I like this!!!How u did it???Oh My God!!!
Comment by Prince Ang 24th September 2010
It is a very interesting-looking font and I'm downloading it now - I'm thinking that it will work great when I want to use interesting-looking fonts in some of my artwork!
Comment by Sister2brother 29th October 2010
I was now produced my "communicating with words" first year module on the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course at UWE Bristol, England too~but i dun noe how to make such a nice curves~
Comment by YgHui 30th October 2010
really thanks for your advise~I will try my best~
Comment by YgHui 3rd November 2010
As if it hasn't been said enough, I'm going to say it it again: this is incredible!! Awesome work!
Comment by carolineelizabeth 4th November 2010
how can you do it
you dont get all the bricks you want
Comment by malavika 12th December 2010
great job, what a fabulous font!!!
Comment by avidartist 17th January 2011
As I look to the right, I see a shirt with this A on it. Congratz!
Comment by Drgrit 20th January 2011
cheers dude. i was pretty surprised my self i can tell you!
Comment by loboarches 21st January 2011
Could we see some screenshots of the font in action?
Comment by Agent Demonic Ladybug 21st February 2011
i'm feeling so.. childish! the perfection made fontstruction! 174599/10
Comment by sive 1st July 2011
@meek: The comment above appears to be just an excuse to spam the link (see also the comment on 'TFa SquareSans' also today) The author 'loopslike' only opened the account today and has already placed two spam links to unconnected businesses.
Comment by p2pnut 31st December 2011
avenged sevenfold? whatever. only thing that i can say is omgwtf awseome! 10/10
Comment by Jabuto 17th July 2013
I'm new to this site. I love your font. I'd like to suggest it for a design I'm doing for a local band. Are there terms of use that I can't find here? This would be an independent release sold, mainly, at shows.
Comment by fordzign 25th February 2014
Hey 'fordzign'

Use it to your hearts content. All I ask is that you'd send me what you've done with it afterwards as i'd live to see.

All the best
Comment by loboarches 11th March 2014
Love your font! Been trolling the web for hours and can't find anything better than this. Is it okay if I use this font for a logo design for my small craft beer brewery in New Zealand. It may end up on t shirts, stickers and of course beer labels if Im ever successful
Comment by doid 4th January 2015
perfect!
Comment by Barlas 28th August 2015

How is this even possible. I'm literally just dumbfounded. 19/10.

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