Sketches below and in earlier posts are to some extent absent minded. The hand moves over the paper without aesthetic consideration. At least at the start… Once something strikes, the next few attempts may try to refine the emerging idea. Sometimes for the better, but after a while – and often while ‘style’ creeps in – they soon become boring. Gimmicks that can amuse for a while but are a dead end. It is hard to keep things to the basics.
These ones were vaguely inspired by working with Maple, a great font by Eric Olson at Process Foundry. The incisions between the stems and joining bowls or curves are amazingly deep and deliver a very lively image for a sans serif font in the Benton tradition.