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Joaquin Sorreta is a Filipino

artist currently living in Quezon


City, Metro Manila. Coming from a
business-oriented family of five, he
mostly had to look outward for
inspiration and motivation to hone
his craft even since childhood. A bit
of a perfectionist, Joaquin is a tad
too meticulous when it comes to
his art, often spending too much
time on one piece before moving
on to the next. Though a bit self-
righteous at times, he acknowledg-
es and understands his flaws as an
artist, doing his best to surpass
them bit by bit. Currently studying
Fine Arts in the CIIT College of Arts
and Technology, he aims to one
day be skilled in medical illustra-
tion, a profession that incorporates
both art and medicine.
(Avianoid on parchment)

The name Avianoid comes The Avianoid typeface was


from the word avian (meaning first drawn on parchment paper
“bird”) and the suffix -oid (mean- placed over guidelines which indi-
ing “resembling”). This typeface cated the ascender, cap, and x-,
design is typically inspired by birds heights, and the descender depth.
and related avian creatures. With a 3.0mm calligraphy pen and
Following the fantasy theme, the a 0.38mm Uni-ball pen, the cursive
concepts of mysticism and the like strokes and decorative elements
have also been kept in mind, were drawn respectively and alter-
giving the typeface a sort of natingly.
“eldritch” feel.

(Avianoid on parchment, top-down view)


The script style of writing Liberties were taken when it came
has been highly incorporated to to adding decorative eyes, certain
give a sort of essence of formality. feathers, and extra strokes since
Certain elements like the serifs, they don’t normally correspond to
finials, arms, and tails are repre- any existing element too exactly.
sented by feathers while other In the end, the typeface presents
parts like ascenders, stems, etc. are itself as eerie, ominous, recondite,
represented by cursive strokes that and at the same time, mystical,
have been adapted to comple- esoteric, and magical, useable for
ment the decorative elements. most decorative pieces.
- Excerpt from “Gallows Bird” by
Joaquin Sorreta