The ArtPhabet: An Alphabet Inspired By Artists

WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring IMAGES courtesy of CESS


Madrid-based 3D illustration studio CESS has created an alphabet inspired by 26 world-renowned artists.

“Everything begins by assigning the name of the artist to the letter,” says designer César Cid Rivero. Spending time studying the work of the artist, César then adapts the shape of the letter according to one of the artist’s most well-known pieces. “Once I make the sketch, I put it to shape in 3D,” he says. “The whole project, like the rest of my work, is made with CGI.”

The 26 letters, which each take a day or two to complete, celebrate the work of artists like Andy Warhol, Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Piet Mondrian, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock.

Inspired directly by modern and contemporary artists and their masterpieces, César’s aim was to pay homage to the works of each artist. “The idea, in principle, is to match the letter with the initial of the name or surname of the artist,” he says, but this wasn’t always possible. “The process is very varied, sometimes even experimental, as each letter has a very different form and process of work.”

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