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Smash Mouth's "All Star" in Fraktur

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

A client asked me to interpret song lyrics that he wanted to gift to his friend pursuing music - namely, Smash Mouth's "All Star" lyrics translated from Aramaic to English. The request was relatively simple - black and red ink, use Fraktur and highlight certain lines, use some red dots as décor, and add a simple red border.

I decided to write on 9.5 in x 13 in Pergamenata paper with a 1.5 mm nib and a 0.75 mm nib for the contrast. The 0.75 mm nib gave it a thin enough line and it came out nearly monoline. I added a simple filigree border and filled the space at the bottom with a bar because the client requested no byline or song name. This was an enjoyable yet challenging project for me but I learned a lot about spacing, planning, and fixing mistakes. The client was very pleased and I can rest easy.


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