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I am looking for a word that describes a drawing of a word which looks like itself – almost like an autological word, but different because the word describes the image it is drawn within rather than itself.

E.g., drawing "fire" in a fiery blaze.

Here are some example picture that this word should be able to describe:

fire ice

As you can see, both these drawings are _________

  • Illuminated script. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 3 '16 at 18:32
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    Autosymbolic. – John Lawler Sep 3 '16 at 18:36
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    This is answered at our sister site graphicdesign – bib Sep 3 '16 at 19:24
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    @bib The question appears there, but autosymbolic is a better word than autological (which the OP acknowledged as deficient). I'm tempted to add another answer on the GD.SE question! – Andrew Leach Sep 3 '16 at 19:34
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    @bib * autologlyph – theonlygusti Sep 3 '16 at 19:58
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Autologlyph

After being pointed in the right direction by bib in the comments, I found out about the word autologlyph, which seems to fit my purpose:

An autologlyph is an image that describes itself (perhaps loosely). [1]

The name, 'autologlyph' is with reference to autological words, and they could equally be called 'autological images'. [2]

http://www.segerman.org/autologlyphs.html

Here are some images which are given as examples, they all seem to conform to what I was wanting to be able to describe with such a word:

entropy pentominoes

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