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Empresario Stephen F. Austin (1793-1836) is considered by many the “Father of Texas” for leading the first Anglo-American colony into the then-Mexican territory back in the 1820s. But while on a diplomatic mission a few years later, Austin was arrested on suspicion of plotting Texas independence and imprisoned in Mexico City for virtually all of 1834. During this time he kept a secret diary—much of it written in Spanish. Austin Pen is my interpretation of his scribblings in this miniature prison journal (now in the collection of the wonderful Dolph Briscoe Center for American History). On digitizing his bold, plain script, I’m hoping to create a font that’s both legible and evocative of commonplace American penmanship of two centuries ago.

Of course Texas did in fact gain independence, in 1836, and Austin ran for the new republic’s first president. He lost to Sam Houston (see Houston Pen), who appointed him Secretary of State, but soon after Stephen Fuller Austin died at the early age of 43. (Incidentally, our Emily Austin font is modeled after the hand of Austin’s sister, Emily Austin Perry (1795–1851).) For more details about my work on this font, visit The Antique Penman. And to be among the first to hear of Austin Pen’s release, consider subscribing to our e-news list.

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*Note: Anyone who purchases our Historical Pen Fonts Collection or our Full OldFonts Library will receive a copy of Austin Pen when released—at no extra charge.

The Austin Pen font has a bonus handlettered uppercase alphabet

12 December 2017. The Austin Pen font will come with this bonus, hand-lettered uppercase alphabet (which I’m polishing off now). Nearly finished with this one!

A mix of the regular and bold of the Austin Pen font

09 December 2017. A transcription of a passage from Stephen F Austin’s Mexican prison diary, showing how a mix of Austin Pen’s regular and bold weights can enhance the authentic look of antique penmanship.

The Austin Pen font's bold weight should be finished soon.'

09 November 2017. I am remiss for not having posted an update in a while—but the bold (a.k.a., leaky-pen) style of Austin Pen is coming along nicely. Stay tuned!

Austin Pen ornaments, cross-outs, and ink blots

18 October 2017. A couple weeks have passed, but I’m happy to report that all characters in Austin Pen Regular are complete. (The Bold weight shouldn’t take quite so long.) The last few glyphs were ornaments, ink blots, cross-outs, etc.

A showing of all the Austin Pen (Regular) lowercase ligatures and contextual alternates

25 September 2017. A showing of all the scores of Austin Pen (Regular) lowercase ligatures and contextual alternates. (The typeface will also have a full set of uppercase alternates.) Stay tuned!

More Austin Pen discretionary and contextual ligatures and alternates

21 September 2017. Here’s a sampling of a bunch more just-designed Austin Pen discretionary and contextual ligatures and alternates—focusing this time on the upper- and lowercase “t.”

Austin Pen discretionary and contextual ligatures and alternates

17 September 2017. More Austin Pen discretionary and contextual ligatures and alternates—focusing on lowercase “n” through “s” (but you’ll find others here also).

Another sampling of Austin Pen's ligatures and alternates

06 September 2017. Here’s another sampling of some newly minted Austin Pen ligatures and alternates—including glyphs for Mr., Mrs., and Miss.

Austin pen will have a bunch of f ligatures

31 August 2017. Austin Pen will have a whole bunch of “f” ligatures—in fact, more than just these.

Samples of more ligatures and alternates in the Austin Pen font

28 August 2017. A few more examples of ligatures and alternates—mostly using various “b” and “d” alts.

A few words that show a selection of ligatures and alternates in the Austin Pen font

23 August 2017. Here are a few words that show off some of the alternates and ligatures I’ve been working on. (Can you spot them?)

The first few lowercase alternates in the Austin Pen font

21 August 2017. The first few of nearly 300* lowercase ligatures and alternates. (*Including diacriticals.)

Austin Pen alternate S, T, U, and V glyphs

16 August 2017. Alternate caps S through V (along with regular bold styles). Still tweaking.

Austin Pen alternate O, P, Q, and R glyphs

15 August 2017. Here’s a few more alternate uppercase characters.

Austin Pen alternate L, M, and N glyphs

13 August 2017. Today’s batch.

Still more alternate uppercase glyphs

12 August 2017. Another batch of alternate uppercase characters (along with standard bold caps counterparts).

More alternate uppercase glyphs

11 August 2017. Here are a few more alternate uppercase characters—alongside with standard bold caps versions.

Working on the alternate uppercase glyphs

07 August 2017. Been working on the alternate uppercase characters. Here are just a few.

Austin Pen will have a bold style

02 August 2017. Decided this day that the “blot” stylistic set will in fact be a full bold style. This means it’ll take an extra week or so to finish—but I hope you agree a second weight will be worth the wait.

Austin Pen font blot glyphs

21 July 2017. Worked today on an alternate “blot” alphabet—to be accessible as an OpenType stylistic set—that’ll replicate the look of Austin’s script when applied to paper with a leaky pen.

Austin Pen font extended Latin

18 July 2017. Nearly all the extended Latin glyphs are done. Now on to the stylistic alternates.

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