The Magic of Pi

The duo Hard ‘n Phirm came up with a song about Pi a while ago that sang the praises of that irrational, irresistible number, and I thought I would take a shot at representing it in calligraphy.

Pi - Clean

This was a learning experience. First, if you’re going to use a light gray to write the background numbers, keep in mind that it’ll dry darker than you think. So there’s that. And writing with gouache upon gouache will require liberal applications of spray fixative in order to make it work.

I’m not sure about the fine white lines on the red – in my head they were an essential step, but in practice… I’m not sure. Still, it looks good in Real Life. Maybe I’ll donate it to the math department…