This morning’s ‘playing with techniques for Drowning City’ turned into ‘picking fonts for Drowning City’.
Walt Kelly’s work taught me the power of careful font choice in comics; a generation of web cartoonists picking fonts from the wide assortment of Internet Novelty Fonts available for free taught me to put some thought into those choices. So once I arrived at the idea that the elves would speak in a ‘prettier’ font than the humans, I spent most of the day looking at calligraphic fonts to find just the right one.
I ended up spending a hundred bucks on a couple of good prospects. Nothing makes me feel more like a grown-up than spending money on The Right Font.
I am aware the calligraphic swashes make the elven dialogue a little harder to read. I kinda don’t care; I just really love the idea that their speech gets more precise when they want to emphasize a word. That really fits with how I envision these folks – concerned with appearances, to a fault. And seriously, someone who can pronounce ‘and’ in such a way that it’s rendered on the page as an ampersand? That is someone who is pretty persnickity about their words.
I am sort of hoping to keep on doing little style experiments and guides like this every now and then, so that when I finish Rita I’ll be able to jump into drawing pages of Drowning City with a nicely-curated set of the myriad tools Illustrator offers.