don't stop imaging

“g.” “o.” Two letters of the 26 available in the western phonetic alphabet. Unbeknown to the casual flapping lips of the hundreds of languages that use their melodies, “g” and “o” are special. Why? Because they are in love; I have pictures to prove it.

Today, I drew “g” and “o” going through the motions of being in a relationship. The initial bliss, the fights, the need for space, and, since in my lifetime they will, their years aging together have all come together in these sketches.

Sometimes the font sets the mood. Soulstalker, for example, creates an intense sexual connection, whereas Champagne and Limousines allows for the letters to coddle one another.

More than anything, the proximity that the letters were to each other showed the closeness of their bond. Script fonts easily lean into each other, so that the viewer can see o and g holding hands and reaching for one another. g tended to curl around o, and give guidance and protection, whereas O was happy to let g cuddle up and fall asleep.

Not all times are happy with o and g, though.

Sometimes o has enough of g’s complaining and sucks the air right out of their space. g can’t stand it when o embarrasses it and yells defiantly at its partner. o sometimes gets so mad that g plays dead.

Like children, they will sometimes separate to the point that one misses another, and begs the other to come back to them. g clings, and o walks away. Luckily, they tend to stay together.

Yeah. G can be really nasty.

Luckily, both letters tend to realize that hey just need their space.

G can be a bit stifling. It knows that and tries to control it. Luckily, o doesn’t mind too much.

Sometimes o and g are off doing their own thing. That’s okay, because it doesn’t change the fact that they still mean something to each other. Just because they are in their own space doesn’t mean that they won’t still reach for each other a bit. And they certainly aren’t fighting the whole time.

Growing old together doesn’t necessarily mean that one dies, but we have explored the sadness of what would happen to g or o if they were lost in the world without one another.

Yeah, they do grow old. Luckily neither of them are actually dead, and they do still love each other. What a healthy relationship!

Overall, the mood was determined by the line quality, shape, and intensity in the letters, which was complimented by the use of negative space. Different fonts made  a big difference, but placement, in my opinion were more important. Their relationship could be described with the following restrictive guidelines :

  • Every panel has two distinguishable letterforms
    (but does not have to contain the entire letterform)
  • Black and white only
  • No other elements besides the letterforms (no, color, design or image)
  • Do NOT manipulate (stretch or distort) a letterform. If you want a certain aspect, select a font that contains the characteristic in its form

While drawing, I played with space, font, and size. Though I did jump from idea to idea, the themes remained the same.

Next time: what will I use for my actual project?


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