So, I've started on my "free choice" alphabet. I've tried some of the ideas before but never progressed beyond a few sketches. I'm using a Japanese theme focusing on traditional Japanese objects etc. It's fairly hard to fit all the letters in as the Japanese syllabary does not contain some of the sounds we have in the Roman alphabet - "L" for instance, so I have to do a bit of creative interpretation. I plan a book with the letter on one page and the explanation facing. So here is A.
The font is Polo, which I like for its fluidity and vague Oriental look. The paper is a lovely smooth Zerkal and the letter and illustration painted with gouache.
My first four letters:
A is for AKACHOUCHIN which is a large red paper lantern hung outside a drinking establishment to show they are open.