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Free fantasy font: LSW Drachenklaue by RetSamys Free fantasy font: LSW Drachenklaue by RetSamys
All right! New font. I actually wanted to do something different at first (a true font, you know, one that's usable, with real letters), but that will have to wait because it takes soooooo much time!

This font was made as part of a project with Lese- und Schreibwerkstatt Nalbach. In the last few weeks, we have been covering all kinds of topics related to dragons! In one of those weeks, we made some cryptographic alphabets. Alphabets like dragons would use them. So we thought it would be nice to provide anyone who is interested with a font. Hence the name: Drachenklaue, "dragon's claw" or dragon's writing".

So, here's the concept: Dragons would resort to a natural advantage when it comes to writing, their claws. That means that their alphabet consists of mostly simple lines. Due to their global presence in mythology, their writing system would be inspired by existing ones.
I thought, I'd try to implement a few aspects from other writing systems. The design of the glyphs might remind you of traditional Asian inking, the horizontal lines in the capital letters were an attempt at creating a ligature, like in Arabian, but I used three lines, which makes it look a bit like a musical staff.
At the same time, the horizontal lines were also a nice way for me to make sure I had a baseline of some sorts.

I used a few ideas of another, more complex, fantasy alphabet that I've created a few years ago. I might make it a font some day as well. Unfortunately, the spacing won't make it such a good design as this one.

I realise that, while the design might be interesting, the font is actually not all that legible. Even if I had done some kerning. Oh well...
This is probably the final version of the font. For me, it's purely for entertainment purposes and it looks OK right now.

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The downloadable ZIP archive contains the following files:
LICENSE.txt (text about the licensing - short version: it's basically Public Domain!)
LSW-Drachenklaue-Samys-0.1.otf (OpenType installable font file)
LSW-Drachenklaue-Samys-0.1.ttf (TrueType installable font file)
drachenklaue.xcf (original GIMP file - not installable)
drachenklaue.svg (original Inkscape file - not installable)
drachenklaue.sfd (FontForge raw file - not installable)
drachenklaue.png (preview image file)


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Given 2015-07-28
[Stock & Resources] A completely free font to use for whatever you like! Free fantasy font: LSW Drachenklaue by RetSamys is a brilliant font with subtle charming details. ( Featured by PirateLotus-Stock )
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Duck-Roulette Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
This is perfect for what I need. ;v; Thank you for making and sharing this!
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:la: That's great! You're most welcome.
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bjeppson Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Professional Artist
I'm missing something. I can't find a download link.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
On deviantArt, the download button is under the Favourite button on the top right for the desktop page and in the information section on the mobile page. If you cannot find it or if it is broken, don't worry, I've got you covered:
Do let me know if you're having trouble with any of these!
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, wow, that's awesome. I image it'd also make for a great way to write to others in code :lol:
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
=) I don't think it's very practical for this kind of thing, with many characters looking too much the same, but it would be cool looking!
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pfft, maybe not if you spaced them out a bit. One can accuse any language of having characters that look the same.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Here are a few pairs of very similar glyphs:
u and y (bottom left and bottom right)
g and r (second row, second pair and fourth row, third pair)
l and m and n (especially the lowercase letters ; third row, middle three pairs)
k and x (second row, first pair and fifth row, fourth pair)

Considering that this is supposed to be a handwriting (clawwriting?) of some sort, those wouldn't be distinguishable enough and people using these letters would alter them in a way that makes them more unique.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, yeah, the characters would probably be accentuated more when written, such as digging deeper at the start and trailing off. You could also have 'dialect' writing styles. A great example would be the 1 in English and the 1 in German.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm... I don't think I can find anyone. Those who do poetry commissions understandably don't want to do a project that big. So, I'll probably release a very basic English translation so that English speaking Deviants can play it. But if you want to try and translate it, go ahead, I have Core for 4 months, which is until when I will be able to update it. After that, maybe I can update it on a day on which dA gives away free Core for a day (if they still do that for Core).
Or, if you definitely want to, I will not publish it and wait for your translation.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'dialect', but I'll link the German and the English text parts to their counterparts when it's done.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do coded journals actually stay coded without the membership?
When do you plan to publish it? I definitely want to give it a shot, but with me it's always best to have a deadline to make me actually get work done.

Handwriting dialect ~ for example, there are people who write 1 as a line. (Me.)
There are those who write it exactly as 1
And people who write it as 1 but without the line on the bottom.
I've noticed in Germany, a lot of people use the third way. But what I've only ever seen in Germany, and nowhere else, is when people write 1 like an upside-down V. In New Zealand a lot of people just use the first way.
Which is why I call it 'dialect'. This was referring to the dragon handwriting, and how you said the characters would be altered a bit in actual writing.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
They stay coded. As long as you don't update them...

Ah. Yeah, I guess.
Whoops, I mixed up your replies.
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Kickstarter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so fantastic!
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Fantastic is what I was going for. =)
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Kickstarter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Achieved!
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the amount of thought put into this!
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I don't know why, but I really like creating new systems. Even if they wouldn't make much sense practically.
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that's great :)
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Niobesnuppa Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015   Digital Artist
That's really cool!
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you agree. =D
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skaveor Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Won-der-full-!!!
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:love: Thanks.
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MOTHdevil Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional Writer
That's wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! That's kind of you to say. And how could I not share it?
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TheButterfly Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing your beautiful font, and congrats on the dd!
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am so thankful for the exposure, it was so unexpected and it is so cool to have people like you comment on my font!
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kittenwylde Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! Thank you for sharing.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
And thank you for commenting! :hug:
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LAN0RA Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015   General Artist
You know, it's funny... I think I saw that the Skyrim game used an idea like a dragon handwriting based on using their claws, too. 

I think you can find a page about it here: www.thuum.org/learn/grammar/al…

I really loved that aspect of the game. There's some interesting differences between yours and the game's. :D
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! Interesting!

I knew the idea wasn't so original in itself (this kind of thing is rarely the case). I'm sure I've read a similar concept somewhere, either in one of Walter Moers' books or in some kind of dragon encyclopaedia (those books are well worth their money, I tell you), which I must've read of at least three different ones.

I knew about Skyrim, but I didn't know about that particular aspect. I'm not a gamer. So thanks for telling me and even giving me a link!
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's super cool. :D I'm not sure I'll ever have a use for it but it has a lovely look to it. :D It's funny, I didn't see it in the DD section, I found it through a group and was going to suggest it as a DD and then here it has one already!

Nice job.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:-o Whoa... you mean... I would have been suggested more than once? :faint: That' so nice of you!
I'm glad everyone likes it. I didn't expect this kind of exposure.

Thank you.
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calthyechild Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:D

I don't suggest things that often, but when I do, they're things I think that are awesome and deserve exposure.
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Congratulations on your DD! :clap:

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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your kindness towards others is coming back to you. :)!  Enjoy, you deserve it. :sun:!!
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It is just unbelievable. Joy!
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hockeymask Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Excellent - I like because it just ' looks ' great !!!!Congratulations on the DD! :)
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
=D I still can't believe it. A DD! Me!!
Well, it does look great. It might not be a perfect font. But it looks great. Which is what I was aiming for.
:dance: You are great! Have some pizza! I haz pizza 
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hockeymask Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Thanks for the pizza !:)
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it wouldn't have felt right to have a pizza celebration without giving someone a piece. =) :yum:
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Rhyn-Art Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015   General Artist
Congratulations on you're amazing DD Heart
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have never thought to get one in the next five days! I still have so much to learn!!! Thank you for your comment. You are wonderful! :hug:
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Rhyn-Art Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015   General Artist
You are so welcome
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My eyes are watery. And my inbox is full. And... and... :sniff: thank you! You are a beautiful person!
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure, i am happy you got the attention you deserve! 5 seconds hug by Bad-Blood
But in all reality, the ones who deserve to be thanked are the lovely CV and suggester because they got you on the spotlight :heart:
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RetSamys Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. I am writing a Journal entry to thank them.
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome idea! :clap:
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Kizyoi Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really awesome!  I might just have to borrow this if it's okay?  Also, is this in order, like A, B, C, D, etc.?
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