I've ran into some beautiful carved type on a music box for sale in an antique shop some time ago. After some chit-chat with the owner, he agreed for me to come back and take a picture sometime. I was thinking of redrawing it as a personal project and seeing if I could come up with a lower case set at least to practice some. For now, this is all it is, just an idea.
But it got me thinking about the etiquette of retracing an old font.
- How would one go about tracing back the origins of the font of something that old? (other than whatfontis and posting it on a forum)
- If I managed to pull something nice out of this and would like to add it to my portfolio, should I take any further steps than referring to the original photo?
- When dealing with a revival, what should be done differently from releasing original work?
- Could it even be called a revival if I have just 4-5 words to work from? I don't think of it as inspiration as I was planning on retracing the letters precisely.
Thank you for your time,