afloat-letters5-02Likely because I’m a terrible swimmer, my previous foray into the waves put rubber rings into my head.

Rather than try and draw or model one – though one complete with cute duck is just asking to be done someday – I thought about combining that flow of the water and the ring. This immediately took me back to lettering, and aiming for a rounded, fluid face.


I expect some characters would keep you afloat better than others.



I originally looked at full colour and rounded segments within the glyphs – perhaps that would have been better, in retrospect. It does have a bit of a whirl to it.

I wanted to do some animation with the below, but the simulation options didn’t seem cooperative – which makes this concept all the more fitting, I suppose. I didn’t try to replicate the colour of the seawater here, as I don’t think even my computer has that shade of brown.

Whatever the result, it’s always fun to play with lettering!



    • Jacob said:

      Thanks as always, JP – yes, I’ve taken a real liking to that one too, right after I’d created a whole alphabet with the hard lines! 😛 I’ll have to give it another go some time.


  1. I love this font, and so many varieties. Jacob you are so full of surprises. Thanks for posting.

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    • Jacob said:

      You’re always so kind Sharon, thank you. Glad you enjoy all this stuff!


    • Jacob said:

      Yay for play! Thanks so much, Kerfe. It’s such a therapeutic process, and so satisfying to have a complete alphabet at the end.

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  2. I’ve always loved artwork with lettering, I’ve got no confidence with adding text to my own work but I love these Jacob, the roundy , flowing quality of the letters , nice work!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks ever so much, Phil! It is quite a balancing act when you combine words and image – it can be intimidating. It’s a good thing we have these digital platforms with which to experiment! I especially admire those who do it all manually. I hope you can give it a whirl someday, as I can see your work lending itself beautifully; playing through the skies, lurking within the trees and over the arches – lots of possibilities! 🙂

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  3. Thea said:

    This is great! I love the splash the best, I think because of the movement. Nice!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Thea! Yes – while it’s the raw cuts I usually like best, it’s exciting to push it and see what the possibilities are.

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