The Emperor's Writings

This book, which is a historic fiction, chronicles the writings of Emperor Akbar to his son, Jehangir. Historically, Akbar is thought to be illiterate and there are no records of letters actually written in his hand. Since the art of writing is so important to the book, we decided to use Islamic calligraphy and have Akbar's entire name including his title — Abū al-Fatḥ Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Akbar — into a profile that is quintessentially Akbar.

An interesting back story is that Ashraf the calligrapher mentioned that the word Akbar was coming at the bottom part of the body, and that's not accepted in Islam, so he altered the order of the name to make sure that "Akbar" is still included. Calligraphy by Ashraf Ansari, Jaipur.

In the images below, you see the original sketch, the inverse of that, the vector with initial design, the final design.