The 6th 'Founder Type Awards' Chinese Typeface Design Grand Competition
I didn't expect to draw these 48 characters until 15 days before the deadline. It was done because of my curiorsity over 'what if I was a Chinese type-cutter a hundred years ago?'
My keyword to Fang Song style is simple: wood-carved Kaishu. The first Fangsong styled Chinese font family came out 90 years ago by Din brothers. They first drew out character shapes on wood and used burins cutting the shape out, same as craftsmen in Song dynasty thousand years ago. My thought on this Fangsong is similar – ack to the historical root, digging up valuable source for study and referencing, 'carving' on FontLab, and I would love to try on Fangsong bold as well. End up I chose Tang dynasty's calligraphy master 顏真卿 Yan Zhenqing's 多寶塔碑 Duobao Ta Bei stone rubbing, bold and handsome, enabled me to departt from the general source, i.e. 歐陽詢 Ouyang Xun calligraphy as my main reference. I held 'wood carving' in mind and drafted on FontLab directly.
Fangsong is more difficult than everyone can imagine. Its skeleton is flexible, made visually consistent with extremely standard; Simplified Chinese exists in-between made old master's reference doesn't work anymore, or will result in very uneven space. Most of the working time had been used up ofr sizing and space-refinements.
It was came out obviously a 15 days' work but the wood-carved flavour is there. With consistent size and even negative space, the word pattern just the same as those wood-carved print thousand years ago. This draft is definitely full of potential for further development.