Recently, there has been some notice about the resurgence of calligraphy, or at least its recent rise here on the Internet. With more and more outlets to show our art (most notably Instagram and DeviantArt) as well as places to just get together and learn from each other (such as Reddit), there have been an increasing number of calligraphers who have decided to put not only their finished works but their process and practice out for the world to see.
Here are a couple of high-profile articles that have helped draw attention to calligraphy online:
I hope that this trend continues, if only so that more people can get into this hobby. It’s creative, doesn’t require a huge investment to start, and while it’s easy to get the hang of, it’s something you can spend a lifetime refining and mastering. With more and more excellent examples to learn from, I hope to see more and more people taking up the pen and writing words that make them happy.
The effect here was done with gouache, a medium I’m slowly getting the hang of, and it was done by carefully, meticulously… tediously going from color to color within each letter. I mixed the gouaches a little more watery than usual so as to encourage blending, and then just tried to be as quick as I could. I think it worked nicely. I used the same techniques for these two as well:
Finally, in further celebration of the season, I went out to Osaka Castle to see cherry blossoms and did a little calligraphy en plein air. I wanted a quotation with some kind of flower reference, and I had this one hanging around.
The script, in case you were wondering (and I know you were) is a variation of Uncial as found in the Vespasian Psalter (8th century-ish). It’s a difficult script, and I still have a lot of practice to do, but I like how this turned out.
So enjoy your spring, everyone – here’s to new beginnings and hope trees full of blossoms.
I’ve always liked this quote. It has a very special truth to it.
I’ll probably end up doing it again at some point, because there are some little spacing issues that nag at me. Someday, when I have the hang of proper spacing and proportions, it’ll look truly wonderful. I’m reasonably sure the ink is Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue, but it’s been a little while. I could be wrong.