There's a long tradition of filling letters with leafy ornaments, from the Middle Ages on. The question is how do you get the living, multi-coloured, 3D effect which the old manuscripts have, with a single-colour 2D computer font?! Here's one solution, inspired by a modernised version of some renaissance capitals: three family members, using the upper and lower case spaces for diferent versions, giving six variants.

This font family isn't finished yet — with such complicated contours weaving in and out of one another and different versions, it's a pretty slow job — but about the half the characters are done: do try them out and give me some encouragement to finish it all off ;-)


- click on the thumbnails for a full-size image! -

- three fonts - six elements to combine in various ways

- a complete character set of all three font variants, with an overview of different effects

- a close-up view of one 3-D letter

- an 'alphomegon',
each letter used in turn as a drop cap for a phrase of text