3D Typography – Hand Drawing/3D Glyph and Initials 3.5.16

Initially I set off to produce a range of hand drawings to create my 3D model of my initials with a monogram in mind, I experimented with a range of hand drawn logos.

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Research and Development

I found the monogram particularly difficult due to work with curved letter ‘c’ and a straight letter form ‘w’.  I decided to use a modular typograph so it was easier to construct due both having some straight lines.  I was inspired by Bauhaus design for this, also creating modular typography in other assignment.

Researched modular type on Pinterest.  These are also saved on my Pinterest as reference material.

I began with my mock up design, after drawing it out above.  I used tutorial on YouTube to understand how to construct the model.  I found it quite challenging at first.  I cut an opening into the ‘w’ to insert the ‘c’ so it sat as a monogram 3d design.

Following on from my mock up design, I decided to use purple and yellow card for my design.  I drew out the ‘w’ using a rule and created strips of card for the sides, allowing 1cm parameter for the teeth to fold over to glue to the front and back to create the 3D design.  For the ‘c’ I used my handy colour wheel to measure out the inner circle, allowing 1cm parameter I then used my compass create the second line for the teeth.

Once I had constructed both parts, I then cut measure where I wanted the monogram to cross over with both letters, I then cut into the ‘w’ to insert the ‘c’.  Tested to stand.

Finally, I put the rear card on the ‘c’ after it was positioned into the ‘w’ to ensure the design was finished to create a 3D design.

Final Design

My initials CW as monogram in modular typography.



The Glyph Design

One of the symbols I love is the quaver (music note), created in the 16th century for western music, the note is one amongst many for use in reading music.  Having played the violin in school and still learning to play my guitar, I am faced with musical notes to read, so I though this would be great symbol to construct in 3d form.

Research and Development

I found this glyph in Helvetica, so using Illustrator I created an outline or it on A4 paper to print.  I printed on white card as I knew I wanted to paint it black.


I used the same design to construct the glyph as like the modular type above. Reversing the outline to sit inside the frame.  Due to the bends within the glyph I had to ensure I waited for sections of the sides to dry before moving onto the next bend to glue.  I used a side width of 10.5cm, which I found a lot easier to construct.

Finish on the Glyph Design

I used black water colour paint to paint the glyph black.  I choose black as the quaver comes in black colour form when written in music.  I decided I wanted to jazz it up a bit, so I used glitter polish on the side of the design.  I tested green only glitter and multi coloured glittered and decided to go with the multicoloured glitter.


Once the design was dry from both paint and second coat of glitter, I then put a glaze over the black paint.

Final Design



Other Cut Out typography

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