Hasta Siempre (Suppl.)

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This is a supplement for the font Hasta Siempre: my Fontstruct rendering of the iconic photograph of Che Guevara by Alberto Korda.
Info: Created on 13th March 2010 . Last edited on 19th May 2011.
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Comment by Frodo7 14th March 2010
NIce addition, and clever use of FS!
Comment by fugitiveglue 10th May 2010
Disclaimer: Ernesto Che Guevara remains to be a controversial figure, and only history will tell a final, unbiased judgment upon his merits. This work of mine is by no means to endorse his political views or deeds attributed to him. Still, he is an icon, a symbol within popular culture, a hero for some, and a lot more for others. Let me put two quotes to illustrate my point:

Che was the most complete human being of our age.
(by Jean-Paul Sartre)

Che's life is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom. We will always honor his memory.
(by Nelson Mandela)
Comment by Frodo7 10th May 2010
As I just told you, another stunning exemple of your incredible artistry in making beautiful "replicas put in another context". You used here Fontstruct as when the photorealists painters replicate photographs painting a giant grid of small details and when you add the cases of the grid the puzzle gives you a painting that is so close to a photograph that you can't tell it is a painting. Here you really can't tell it is Fontstruct.
Sorry for my english, it was not easy for me to explain here, hope you have understood.
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 10th May 2010
ha! jus great
Comment by kix 10th May 2010
I'm not usually a fan of hi-res tracings, but this is a fantastic little work of art. Looks great when jumbled by some sample text. Very impressive that you didn't just use pixel bricks.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 11th May 2010
Impressive, genial work! Very good use for FS bricks! (This is just a new road that I will like to walk... once I've learned a little more from you to make fonts something better than now).
Comment by elmoyenique 11th May 2010
An incredible achievement ... technically and artistically. I remain amazed at the scope of your talent.

By the way, I'm in full agreement with Nelson Mandela on this one.
Comment by p2pnut 11th May 2010
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Hasta Siempre (Suppl.)” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by afrojet 11th May 2010
Thank you very much for your comments. I think, it is safe to say now that Hasta Siempre was well received, far beyond my expectations. I was a bit worried about the possibility, that someone might mistakenly believed I tried to sell marxist propaganda here. It couldn't have been further from the truth, and I think, I've made that clear in my disclaimer note. I have no intention to promote political ideas; I leave that to the politicians, who are always very good at furthering their own interests. However, since Voltaire's Candid we all know this world is not the best of all possible worlds. In fact, it is not even close to that, and heading to the opposite direction. Thus, there are several issues we strongly disagree with the official versions politicians want us to believe. I see a niche role for creative art, and typeface design in particular, to convey important messages to people, they would never hear on Fox News.

@neurone error: Well, that sounds very tempting to believe this Che portrait is photorealistic, but it's not. And I'm very happy with the imperfections, the rough polygonal look, and the small deviations from the original I've consciously made. The reason you think it's close to the photo, that it is easily one of the most ubiquitous, famous portrait, you probably knew the original, and you mind simply completes and corrects the small flaws.

@meek: Thank you for your comment. I've tried the sample text too. I put tiny dots to some otherwise empty glyphs to enable the sample text feature. Since it was produced using simple bricks and no fancy advanced techniques, it is a proof of concept to use Fontstruct to design/prototype large scale artworks for murals or floors with tiles.

@elmoyenique: Thank you very much for your praising words. If you really interested in this kind of technique, I tell you here briefly how I've made it. It's called tracing, and I've used the same grid paper method as Bat Country by loboarches. The other example is a bit different using transparent windows for tracing: FIGURE COLLECTION Part 1 by kix. Both were very inspirational to my project. Follow the links to find the info you need. Apart from the technical settings (size of the grid, magnification, contrast of the original pic, etc.), the result depends on your decisions brick-by-brick to best approximate the original. As for this particular case, I started with the right eye. I thought the glint was the most important detail to be faithfully reproduced. Without that the whole portrait would be soulless. I tweaked the parameters until I got it right. In general, it is a good practice to start with the most challenging part. Then Bob's your uncle.

@p2pnut: I'm always happy to have your comments. The quote by Nelson Mandela - I was lucky to find it. His endorsement of Che made a huge difference to me. I've learned a lot of things about his quest, and the modern history of Latin America, all because of this project.

@afrojet: Thank you very much for the special mention. Though I've invested significant amount time, thought, and effort, I never really hoped for such recognition. It comes as an icing on the cake.
Comment by Frodo7 12th May 2010
Wow! What craftsmanship. Very cool!
Comment by gspace 13th May 2010
Something simple after Andy Warhol.
Comment by Frodo7 16th May 2010
Some hints for T-shirt designs.
Comment by Frodo7 16th May 2010
Wah-hah-hao!
Comment by thalamic 19th May 2010
I wouldn't want to walk around with the face of a mass-murderer on my chest. Why does Fontstruct allow such left-extremist stuff?
Comment by defefe 4th June 2010
@defefe: Frodo7 says in his Description that this is inspired by the 'iconic photograph of Che Guevara by Alberto Korda'

He adds the following (above) 'Disclaimer: Ernesto Che Guevara remains to be a controversial figure, and only history will tell a final, unbiased judgment upon his merits. This work of mine is by no means to endorse his political views or deeds attributed to him.'

In this (as always) Frodo7 shows himself to be fair, unbiased and motivated by a deep, educated and fair-minded approach to the aesthetics of design.

You would do well to emulate Frodo7's example and leave your prejudice behind when visiting this site.

Comment by p2pnut 4th June 2010
@defefe: I wrote a Disclaimer note because I foresaw this coming. Your comment is nothing more than a provocation based on largely unfounded allegations recycled by many political media outlets. Their sensational claims painting Che Guevara as mass murderer could be hardly considered as factual or unbiased (e.g. Exposing the real Che Guevara and the useful idiots who idolize him; a book written by Humberto Fontova). To see the whole picture, we have to wait at least 200 years for a reasonable distance in history, and then let the experts tell their opinion.

The reality is more complicated than to be fit in a short comment. It has many aspects, insufficiently considered by those who accuse him. I encourage you to be always open minded, see the same thing from different angles, and study history more vigorously, so as to understand it better.

"Why does Fontstruct allow such left-extremist stuff?" (What do you suggest, censorship?) FontShop USA, owned by FontShop International, is based in San Francisco, CA. In 2008 they launched FontStruct. In case the operation of FontStruct falls under US jurisdiction, the First Amendment to the US. Constitution applies. Freedom of speech is protected on many levels of state constitutions, and state and federal laws. In 1997 the US Supreme Court extended the full protection of the First Amendment to materials published on the Internet (see Reno vs ACLU). In Europe similar constitutional and legal rights apply in all signatory states of the European Convention on Human Rights. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)

What "left-extremist stuff" are you talking about? My work is more about his image in the popular culture. It transcended the actual person he was, and the actual history he was part of. It is viewed by many as an icon of revolution, a generic symbol of the idealist, the iconoclast, the hero. It is easily the most reproduced photograph in history, the most ubiquitous face around the world. Andy Warhol could use it for artistic expression, and so could I.
Comment by Frodo7 4th June 2010
Ah, here we go again, Art & Ideology, like i said on my comments on the superb font "DIAGOSIS" by SSSam that nobody except me seems to have noticed (sorry, i don't know how to make a link), and which shapes are mostly derivated from swastika, shouldn't i find beautiful the music of Wagner because of his xenophobia and because the nazis overused it ? Shouldn't i find cinematographicly amazing Einsenstein because most of his oeuvre was in dedication of Staline, a real mass murderer ? Shouldn't i admit that Leni Riefenstahl has invented techniques of camera shooting to film atheletes that are still used today in sport broadcasting ?
Even if Frodo7 had made an image of Hitler, Charles Manson, or the Countess Bathory, that would not change a thing. Art is not only an affair of subject, it is also, and i would say mainly, an affair of treatment. I remember a significant interview of the post industrial music band Laibach when they were in their "divided states" tour in USA, the interviewer asked them about the nazi imagery of their plakards, where a military man in uniform was treated as in an uneasying propaganda feeling; The member of Laibach answered : _Yes, but do you know what is this uniform ? look a bit closer : it is a genuine uniform of a contemporary american military officer ! What seemed to be an apology of a fascist ideology of the past, was on the contrary pointing subtlely and cleverly the hidden violence of our polished democracies.
What frodo made is directly linked to Pop Art and its assimilation of icones, the real thing is not what is important, it's its impact on popular masses, the subject would be Mickey Mouse, a Hot Dog, a movie star or a serial killer, Warhol made a large series on that subject, it's always the same, it has become an idea of an object, and the work is on this idea, no more on the object. that's why Pop Art, despite its seductive and colourful appeal, led to the radical austerity of conceptualism, After having exhibited Warhol or Lichtenstein, Leo castelli will show the conceptualist Lawrence Wiener in a perfect continuity.
The image of Alberto Korda has become an icon telling much more the global feeling of a certain youth of the seventies than being an apology of the revolutionary political man who is the subject. The romantism of this hippie youth was destroyed by the nihilist desillusioned punk youth that succeeded, but maybe the rave techno party movement of the 90s mixed both in an unexpected way : these concepts who marked history for their opposition were unified in a postmodernist way.
That's why the treatment is the most important : if i had a small reproach to make to Frodo7 on this one, it would be more on the treatment, never on the subject : Frodo, i think you were too much humble and fair to Korda and Warhol in these works, as if you were too shy to have a more personal approach, that's why i prefer the Elmoyenique variation, who dared to go beyond the simple hommage.
It is not the first time you are so fairly close to the works that inspire you that sometimes i say to myself : how well made and technically terrific these things are, but what is the ultimate point of these hard and successful efforts when we already have the originals somewhere ? You also proved sometimes that you could have your personal world, don't be so shy even if you feel that Escher and others are Masters, let flow and why not explode your deep inner world of creation, i'm sure we'll all love it !

Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 5th June 2010
Just to add here too that the designer of the excellent DIAGOSIS is Ssaamm, all my apologies to have mispelled his name
Comment by Abneurone Fluid Types 5th June 2010
@neurone error: I think you explained it well with Eisenstein and Leni Riefenstahl. Actually, I'm working on something inspired by El Lissitzky. What would they say to that. Of course, first they have to know who he was, and whom he worked for.

You are also right to point out I didn't go far enough with my interpretation of Che's image. At the beginning I thought about using it in a fractal pattern, but I didn't like the results. Then I opted for something very modest. The primary purpose of this work was to supplement my Hasta Siempre font.
Comment by Frodo7 5th June 2010
Wow! Great work. It was a stunning art.
Comment by naveenchandru 14th June 2010
The Che image is good. I got some Che fonts and put them into good use and use Che heads to count film rolls now and then. I put Che to work with my projects.
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