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Wed, Jan. 2nd, 2008 | 02:58 pm  slavezombie


Revivalizing Fraktur
slavezombie
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2nd January, 2008 ©
Today's blanket sin
This is the closest I've ever come to finding a font remotely resembling a sample copy I keep stashed in a file. Just call me pack rat. I had a copy of a one liner sample from a reknown calligrapher from one of those how-to books on calligraphy. He called it Fraktur Revival, but I've never been able find an equivalent font version on-line. At least not by searching under the keyword "fraktur revival". What I'm so desperate to find in a font file is basically just a simple, rough, freehand rendition of black letter, see image, with the accentuations that differ regular Antiqua style print preserved.

I guess I was motivated to try again to pull up something similar using I.D. that font, a web site I found plugged in a blog called I heart typos. I had to scan my copy into photoshop to adjust the greyness of the background and separate the letters a bit since they were running into each other. I'm getting good at using photoshop for minor touch ups like this.

Meanwhile, I can't think of anything to draw. Comicstrips seem so silly to me now, in comparison with the manga I've seen published. That's where the money is in cartooning, big, wide eyes with tear drops building in them.

There was a nifty little line that was brewing in my head. It occurs when
a guy tries unsuccessfuly to pick up on a woman who doesn't want anything to do with him.

SINGLE GUY
Hello. Do you… come here often?

GODDESS
Hi. Where? … to the supermarket?
SINGLE GUY
I know what you're thinking. I don't mean to be flirtatious. I'm not the kind of guy who picks up on women
GODDESS
Oh? Maybe that's you're problem. Look, before you say anything further. I'm taken.

            SINGLE GUY
Oh really? That's okay with me, you know. I'm not the jealous type and, well, as long as you're not married or anything serious like that…

            GODDESS
You know what, eat shit and die!
The goddess woman then swings herself around and walks away.
SINGLE GUY
Who's shit are you talking about?



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Revitalizing Fraktur

from: anonymous
date: Fri, Jan. 4, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
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And run your spell checker too... LOL

Fraktur is not only an alphabet but also and art form.

You can check on eBay most anytime and find something there for sale on both ends of the "artistic" spectrum.

This is my latest project. http://www.thesimplelife.net

There are artist in PA and TX working on keeping the "fraktur" document craft alive.

Respectfully,

CP

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Bier de Stone

Re: Revitalizing Fraktur

from: slavezombie
date: Fri, Jan. 4, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Somehow, though I knew no such word existed, I couldn't bring myself to correct this phrase. What I meant was "reviving" but my head kept banging out revitalizing. Unfortunately the spell checker wouldn't check the subject portion of my entry, but thanks for coming back to check on my response. It's good to know that I'm being noticed all the way in Virginia. I like your site too. Perhaps we can corroborate in some way toward a mutual interest in reviving Fraktur.

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Wilhelmus van Titchfield

webſite

from: moonhot97
date: Mon, Jan. 28, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
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I love Fraktur. When I was just a little 'un in the 1970s I studied German, getting my parents to borrow textbooks from the adult section of our local library for me. Some of them were printed in the 50s and still used Fraktur to print all the German words. I loved it and still do. Bring on a revival!

I see the font you depict above has a Roman-style k. I prefer a proper Fraktur K with the two diagonal strokes at the top and the middle bar. I was greatly saddened when the Germans betrayed their lovely ß in 1996 by reducing its use.

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Bier de Stone

The esset shall return

from: slavezombie
date: Tue, Jan. 29, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
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I know what you mean about the ß. Somebody should enlighten Julius de Goede about changing 11th letter of the Rockner alphabet so that it looks right too. Thanks for your input! Whenever I come across a word with a K in it (as a calligrapher), I cringed that, out of exactness to the sample "Rockner" alphabet I'm copying from, I would ink the roman version as a way to be consistent. I think I'll change that now. I owe it all to you.

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Wilhelmus van Titchfield

Re: The esset shall return

from: moonhot97
date: Tue, Jan. 29, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I owe it all to you.

Glad to be of service :) Another difference between Rockner and true Fraktur is that in echte Fraktur, capital I and capital J are identical. Tschus!

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