Cup and Talon font

By S. John Ross on Sep 05, 2018

Cup and Talon

Cup and Talon

Cup and Talon

I named Cup and Talon for the oldest tavern in my fantasy campaign ... The same one I've been mentally bumming around in since I was sixteen (as of this year, I've been mentally bumming around in fantasy taverns for more than half my life, and I guess that's worth a font name if anything is).

The font began as just a doodling exercise. I'm really, really terrible at actual calligraphy, so I was trying out a new wedge marker and attempting to make a reasonable, light handed calligraphic script. I failed at that, so I just let the sample languish in one of my writing notebooks. Recently, while doing some housecleaning, I ran across it again and decided to play around with it in Photoshop, experimenting with a new kind of stressing I wanted to try, with a kind of textured series of horizontal lines "showing through" where the image is weakest. The combination of good stressing effects, a little vertical rescaling, and my mediocre calligraphy made for a font I'm suddenly very fond of - a sincere if inexpert fantasy font, just about right for the signage and paper menus in my oldest fantasy tavern (there were a few shameful years in my life where I cared if it was "historical" for an RPG tavern to have paper menus, but I got over that with a vengeance and now most of them even offer cheap hot wings on a Tuesday night). Cup and Talon is a full-keyboard font with assorted extras tucked in, including curly quotes and full dashes.
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<style type="text/css">
@font-face{
    font-family:"cup-and-talon-regular";
    src:url("https://fontsme.com/wp-data/c/724/3724/file/cup-and-talon.regular.ttf") format("woff"),
    url("https://fontsme.com/wp-data/c/724/3724/file/cup-and-talon.regular.ttf") format("opentype"),
    url("https://fontsme.com/wp-data/c/724/3724/file/cup-and-talon.regular.ttf") format("truetype");
}
span.font0{font-family:"cup-and-talon-regular";font-size:px;text-transform:;}
</style>
Cup and Talon Regular

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