Last week I covered Ð, ð, Þ, and þ. This week I’m doing Ŋ, ŋ, Ɲ, ɲ, Ĳ, and ĳ.
These glyphs all have the j terminal, so it made sense to draw them at the same time.
Ŋ and ŋ
Eng (Ŋ, ŋ) is pretty simple. These glyphs are essentially the lowercase j descender attached to the bottom of the right vertical stroke of N and n for upper and lowercase respectively. I dived right into these without any problems.
Ɲ and ɲ
I approached hooked N (Ɲ, ɲ) the same as I approached Eng. They’re the same as &Eng; only the lowercase j descender is attached to the bottom of the left vertical stroke instead of the right. They’re actually kind of fun to draw.
Ĳ and ĳ ligatures
The Dutch treat ĳ as a singe letter—a dipthong with ligatured characters. While the ligature may not phisically connect the letters, it ensures that the two separate letter shapes are treated as a single glyph.
What I realized when I began drawing, however, is that I may have to wait to do these. I need to begin building the font in the computer and start spacing the font to get a sense of the text color. Once I have a good sense of color and spacing, I can work on putting together the I and J in a way that harmonizes visually with the rest of the typeface.
I also fooled around with a TT and tt ligature, but it poses the same cart-before-the-horse problem as the Ĳ.
Up Next: Diacritics!
I’m going to work on line spacing in order to get a sense of how much room the diacritics need, and then work on making marks.