Likely 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!