Any and all suggestions are more than appreciated. You guys rock!
I made this design for my wife just yesterday. I had made ambigrams of her name in the past, but felt with the way things have changed for me since I last redesigned hers, I needed to try it again. The ambigram is much improved on the old one (the old one is a few posts down from here). I definitely like the M/N combination much more. This font has turned out to be one of my favorite ambigram fonts yet - ruritania. The horse I drew myself. I never used to sketch anything but letters, but recently I feel I've finally found my style. Simple, thick, straight (or slightly curved) outlines with minimal detail. The sketch was probably my favorite part of it all. Scanned in the sketch of the horse, homogonized the lines (i sketch with blue pencil), and added in the ambigram. I fully realize that flipped, the horse will be on it's head, but it's meant as an art piece more than just an ambigram. The horse is because my wife has a passion for horses, she used to show and hopes to someday show horses again.
I feel like I'm getting on a more artistic kick than designing ambgirams for tattoos. I still ove designing ambigrams for tattoos, but really, I'm enjoying, maybe a bit too much, the different shapes, colors and designs involved in creating something more with words.
Back to the design; once I finished with cleaning up my sketch, and recreating the ambigram, I rotated the ambigram to fit the head of the horse, and combined the sketch and the ambigram together. From there it was just a matter of adding in a sepia filter, and fading the edges of the image to make it look like an old photo.
First off, to all you watchers, hello, how's it going? I'm sure both pilgrim_eye and myself would love to hear from your guys from time to time. I'm getting a lot out of this community, pilgrim_eye has been a great soudning board for me, and has helped me get through a few tough spots. I'd love to see some of what you guys have made, or just hear what you've got to say.
Secondly, I've created an ambgiram of my last name, and I found out my parents are going to build a pergola in their garden. I was wondering if anyone knew of a place I could go to have the ambigram I created made into one of those all weather garden plaques, or some sort of all weather sign? I was thinking that the GIMP brush tools I've been palying with would help liven up the plaque.
I know I said duality, but the last bit about the plaque made me remember. With Kroger's grocery store, you can upload any of your jpegs onto their photocenter website and they will print off your image for you, on photo paper, pretty cheaply. They say "...4" x 6", 5" x 7" or wallet prints - or one of two types of Photo Greeting Cards. Then choose whether to pick your pictures up in your neighborhood Kroger store - usually available the next day - or have them conveniently shipped to your home. Finally, you can either pay online or pay at the store."
Print Pricing 4x6 $0.25 5x7 $1.29 8x10 $3.99 Wallet (4) $1.99 Kodak Picture Greetings Set of 20 Cards 4x8 Card $9.99 - $11.99 5x7 Card $15.19 - $19.99
Pretty good deal. Here's the link.
3rd draft -- playing around with the t/m, and getting the letters on each line to align (better). This approach to the 'm' exposes the danger of reading it as a 'w' the other way, which would make my business name "Van Pel Wart". Not good.
Next I think some stylistic variations -- perhaps returning to old english as suggested by trypd.