Elbereth

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A fractal font project. Work in progress. (Elbereth: Queen of the Stars. The Sindarin name of Varda. She set the stars in the sky, for which the elves of Middle-Earth called her by this name.)
Info: Created on 11th April 2015 . Last edited on 7th May 2015.
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Elbereth is still under fontstruction. It is far from complete, and glyphs may be changed in the final version.
Comment by Frodo7 25th April 2015
Comment by Frodo7 25th April 2015
oh my ...
Comment by geneus1 25th April 2015
Unbelievable!
Comment by thalamic 26th April 2015
What a beauty!
Comment by elmoyenique 26th April 2015
It is beautiful even without being finished!
Comment by elmoyenique 26th April 2015
So beautiful!
Comment by Aeolien 26th April 2015
I have a feeling that this beauty may yet surpass all your other magnificent creations. Bravo!!
Comment by p2pnut 26th April 2015
Mindblowing great!
Comment by Eʟᴇᴋᴛʀᴏɴ 26th April 2015
oh my ...
Comment by geneus1 26th April 2015
Hmm. Refreshing says it twice.
I have to agree with elmo. I find that the most interesting glyphs are the partially filled ones. I like the letters that are fractalized on their most defining features. The contrast is more prominent and therefore augments the aesthetic. Boundlessly inspirational.
Comment by geneus1 26th April 2015
I agree with geneus and elmo. The part-filled letters show the fractal development very well due to the contrast with the blank space.
Comment by Aeolien 27th April 2015
I have been thinking of something to say about this. But words fail me... Genius!
Comment by laynecom 27th April 2015
Dear friends,

Thank you very much for your feedback and generous rating. This work is not a sudden idea, but has a history. It goes back to 2011, when I first came across with this beautiful fractal pattern on the internet. I thought, I could replicate it in Fontstruct and make some complex patterns.

After building several versions, I considered the possibility to use it for decorative letters. However, that idea proved to be elusive. After many failed attempts I put the project in to my "drawer" to work on it later.

In the meantime, the new advances of FS tools, e.g. new bricks, composite bricks, made it possible to reduce the size by half while retaining the same level of detail.

It was this spring when I finally cracked the problem and created Elbereth. After the first letters, I realized, it would take a lot of work to complete the basic character set. I decided to publish it as it is, unfinished, so as to force myself to work on it with redoubled efforts.

My design using this fractal pattern is only one of many possible designs. I wish, that some of you would experiment with the pattern and create something different. You may find the Fractal Patterns 5 here.

(to be continued...)
Comment by Frodo7 27th April 2015
This is awesome. The partially filled ones really stand out!
Comment by aphoria 27th April 2015
Wow! Exquisite. I agree that the partially filled are the best, they're not too busy.
Comment by V. Sarela (Yautja) 27th April 2015
@geneus, elmoyenique, Aeolien, aphoria, Yautia and others: Your comments reinforced the notion that sometimes the less is more.

At first, I wanted to fill the letters with the pattern completely. However, I realized soon that the partially filled ones look even better, as you pointed out. They also can be arranged to emphasize the character of the particular glyph with their spiral tails or straight borders.

Therefore, I have introduced the outline to define the overall shape. The outline itself is less than perfect, having the diagonal strokes slightly thinner than the orthogonal ones. (I've worked out a nearly perfect formula for same width 45 degree lines, using composite bricks and stacking, but it was not suitable for concave polygons.) You may have also noticed, there is a slightly wider gap between the edge of the fractal pattern and the outline at the diagonal strokes compared to the horizontal and vertical ones. This is not lack of precision, but a consequence of the geometry and the inherent limitations of Fontstruct to replicate the same pattern at smaller and smaller scale: there are 6 iterations towards the orthogonal borders, and only 5 iterations towards the diagonal borders. The true distance between the pattern and the outline is represented at places where there are large solid black fields facing the border. The rest of the pattern would reach out that far only in case of infinite number of iterations.

At present, I am happy with C,F,H,I,L,O, S,Z,Y, 0,1,2,5, and the period. I think, I'll make 2-3 versions for each letter, and the user may pick and choose the one that suits the job best.
Comment by Frodo7 27th April 2015
Thank you, dear maestro.
Comment by elmoyenique 27th April 2015
You have a mathematician brain.
You can think in fractals.
Unbelievable!
Comment by thalamic 29th April 2015
You. Are. LEGENDARY!
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