Gallow Tree font a lively brush typeface that looks spooky

Hey there, quick heads up about this blog post – it's a bit outdated. I've made some changes since this was published. I've left my job to focus entirely on creating fonts. Because of this shift, the font mentioned here is no longer available for free.

Gallow Tree, another free brush typeface, hot on the heels of Thirsty Dog that you can download free for non-commercial use. I drew this with a Faber Castell brush pen, I wanted it to look horror like, with a hint of grunge.

Gallow Tree name, weird name huh?

Whenever I want a darker name for a new font I turn to Nick Cave and the bad seeds. The name is taken from the song Up Jumped The Devil.

Nick was described by the NME as the grand lord of gothic lushness —Who I'm I to argue with that.

How I created the Gallow Tree font

Gallow tree was created with a Faber Castell brush pen that I bought on Amazon. It was then scanned in and converted to a font with Glyphs App. There was a bit more to it than that, but I will spare you the detail.

Oh the horror

Gallow tree was inspired by the classic horror posters like creature from the black lagoon and house of dracula. I love those old horror movies, but the posters were bright, brash, and tacky—I totally love them. So the font is kind of creepy, but it's still lively and very legible. The font includes around 370 glyphs, including uppercase letters, numbers, and punctuation, and supports western European, central European, and south-eastern European characters. The font is .otf and .ttf format.