Saturday, April 27, 2013

Kapampangan Class

Let's review:

Baybáyin Script is an umbrella term for the Abugida (alpha-syllabary) writing systems of the Philippines. Generally, the Sulat Tagalog version is what people think of by default when "Baybáyin" is mentioned. However, there are different varieties of the script, Kulitan is one of them.

Súlat Kapampángan (a.k.a. pámagkulit or kulitan) is used for writing the Kapampangan language spoken by folks from the Pampanga province in the Philippines.

Kulitan differs slightly from Baybayin as it has been adapted solely for Kapampangan orthography. A different method of writing garlit (kudlit) diacritic marks and character ligatures & stacking were developed. Much of the character shapes originally were the same as Baybayin but through limited but continued use, Kulitan handwriting evolved to match a vertical direction of writing preferred & popularized by Kapampangan practitioners, scholars, artists, and academics.

So what's new?

Since Kulitan has been kept alive within the Kapampangan Academia; I created this Varsity styled font in dedication to the linguistic scholars of Pampanga.

I have been following up and observing how the new generation of Kulitan students & practitioners write their Kulitan characters. Many of their written works and calligraphy art has become available online through the Kulitan community in facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Kulitkulitan/ and other various Kapampangan websites. I gathered & compiled the different handwriting styles to watch for uniformity and emerging standards in strokes. What became apparent is that a new generation of Kapampangan writers and Kulitan Calligraphers are starting to develop not only particular stroke styles, they are also developing new ways of stacking, ligatures, tracking, kerning, and cursives.

This study ultimately affected the character spacing, coupling, & grouping of this new font:




Download this font set from: http://nordenx.deviantart.com/art/Kapampangan-Schoolitan-Font-368209306

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A different angle on Kulitan:

For more info about Angulo, review: http://nordenx.blogspot.com/2011/08/kulitan-angulo-typepad.html


Download this font set from: http://nordenx.deviantart.com/art/Kulitan-Angulo-Font-368214990

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