Initial ain & hah. Stroke question.

froo's picture

I would like to face down the initial stroke of letters ain and hah. I know usually it's directed upwards or at least horizontal, but my design needs an exception here. Is it possible? Thanks in advance.

Khaled Hosny's picture

Everything is acceptable as long as it is still Ain and Hah i.e. just draw it and ask people, if they recognise it then it is good.

AzizMostafa's picture

The initial stroke of ain is a shrimp looking right and
the initial hah is (the head of) a seahorse looking left?!

froo's picture

Sorry for the flip of the tongue; I meant the baseline stroke. I would like to try directing it downwards (slightly below the baseline) - I plan to reshape the typical diagonal ramp of the words into something more sinusoidal. This works with initial Seen, Meem, Hah etc. But with the Ain and Hah I am afraid of the Meem ligature effect.

John Hudson's picture

A sketch might help.

froo's picture

That is a primitive sketch. At this moment I am interested in obtaining basic directions, before I move on to the stage of searching for letter directions and design details. (So eg. Ain is still open because I cannot draw a satisfactory "shrimp" stroke at this stage).

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