The way of reading and writing is fairly simple, a few basics:
- Direction of reading/writing is, starting from the bottom, counterclockwise
- Every seperate circle represents a word
- Within each circle, different combinations of circles and lines represent letters
- A vowel that directly follows a consonant, is drawn within that consonant
For a more exact explanation, I used this site: http://www.shermansplanet.com/gallifreyan
Step 1: Step 1: Preparation
I look for quotes I like, for instance from movies or series I love. Here, I chose for a quote from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: "Babbling, bumbling band of baboons"
I take a new piece of paper, and write the quote on it (just for reference). Under it, I draw the amount of circles I need for this quote (third image). The circle for 'of' is intentionally smaller, because it only has two signs in it. Words like 'a', 'the', 'me', etc. are easier to leave small.
Step 2: Step 2: Drawing Up the First Words
In 'babbling' and 'baboons', double letters can be made by doubling up the lines.
The small lines coming from certain letters (like the 'f') represent the lines that have to be attached to that sign. Later more on this. For now, just clearly mark the amount of lines.
Step 3: Step 3: Transfer to the Final Medium
Take a piece of paper (I use normal printer paper), and draw the rough draft of where to place the different circles. Start at the bottem, and work your way counterclockwise. Look at the signs you already drew. Signs for letters like 'T', 'R', 'S' and 'W' make dents in the circles, which can be used to interlock the different circles. You can play with the placement of the signs within the circles, as long the first one is at the bottom, and they are in order.
Use a pencil for this step! Until you have placed every line and circle within the drawing, you'll have to make changes and erase parts. Only start inking when you KNOW it all fits.
(sorry for the unclear photo's, my camera did not pick up the pencil lines well)
Step 4: Step 4: Retracing the Drawing
When you are done with the circles, it is time for the lines. The aim is to connect the exact amount of lines to a certain sign. If you can't connect one to a second sign which needs lines, continue it until the sentence line, or stop it at the edge of its own circle, given that it does not stop at a sign that does not need that line.
Step 5: Step 5: Inking
- outline of the word circles
- Additional signs in the circles
- the sentence circle (plus punctuation)
- The lines (sometimes changing it as I go)
- the outer (story) line
And then we're done! You can cut out the sentence and hang it somewhere, show it off to friends, or just adore it on your own :)
Step 6: What Does This Say?
Can you read what it says? :3