THE ULTIMATE SECRET OF ART

Art is the application of human creative skill and imagination in the production of objects intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

Since time immemorial human beings have been expressing themselves through decorative handwriting or lettering with pen and brush. The lettering were either thick or thin lines depending on the direction of the stroke. This art of creating artistic lettering was called calligraphy.

Calligraphy is believed to have started with the ancient story telling pictographs drawn on the walls of caves.

Calligraphy has been defined as beautiful writing and it derives its roots in the Greek language KALLI means beautiful and GRAPHIA means writing.

Before the invention of printing in the fifteenth century, books were handwritten by scribes on materials such as vellum or parchment and they used quill which served as pens

 Different Types of Calligraphy

Calligraphy developed in many parts of the world in different times. These are broadly classified as

1) WESTERN CALLIGRAPHY.

This is the art of writing as practiced in the western world and they use Latin and Greek alphabet. Romans began using this script as they replaced heavy rolls of papyrus scrolls and reed pens with the first books made from animal skin which were simply folded pages of parchment and quill pens. The Romans learned their writing skills from the Greeks. The roman book hand had two distinct styles of writing known as the uncial and the half uncial (inch in Latin).

It is through the church that that written language was preserved because Christian churches promoted the copying of the Bible.

Western calligraphy follows geometric pattern rules and has some special features such as the illumination of the first letter of each chapter or book.

2) EASTERN ASIAN CALLIGRAPHY

This tradition of calligraphy developed in China and also used in Japan, Korea and Vietnam. The shape, size, brush, density of the ink and quality of paper is what determines the kind of calligraphic work to be produced.

3) SOUTHERN ASIAN CALLIGRAPHY

This type of calligraphy was mostly used by the Indian, Nepalese and the Tibetan. The Indian calligraphy was used during the reign of King Asoka when inscriptions were curved in stones .The Nepalese calligraphy was used for many Buddhist texts while the Tibetan was widely used for all religious and secular writings.

In southern Asian calligraphy the inscriptions were carried out in burnt clay, copper, birch bark and smoke treated palm leaves, the leave was an excellent surface for pen writing, making possible for the delicate lettering used in many of the scripts.

4) ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY.

The calligraphy evolved landside Islam and Arabic language as it is based in Arabic calligraphy. The Islamic art follows geometric patterns and are mostly used in mosques. The Quran has also played a significant role in the development and evolution of Islamic calligraphy.

Modern calligraphy continues to gain popularity in the forms of wedding and event invitations, religious art, memorial documents and original hand lettered logos among others. It ranges from functional inscriptions and design to fine art pieces. Many people crave for r handmade work such as calligraphy because of the uniqueness which mechanically reproduced work lack.

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Art In 2016

These times are a changin’

 

A lot of great things are happening in the world of artistic expression in the year 2016. The great advancements in today’s technology and social media have lead to huge opportunities for artists around the world. Our ability to create new content and other forms of art has never been more important. New advancements in cameras and ways to share our creations should not be underestimated. In fact the ability to create and then instantly share it with the world has lead to many opportunities that did not exist 10 or 20 years ago. The biggest way artists in the year 2016, in my opinion, can get exposure has been the development of new social media platforms like vine and snapchat. The sheer power of instantly connecting with an audience is absolutely magical. If you are an aspiring artist and have not leveraged social media then I highly recommend you do so. If you have any questions about techniques or specific questions about certain platforms please reach out to us so we can help you take advantage of these unique times.

I have met some very interesting folks during my travels across this globe. One person in particular that comes to mind was a great craftsmen down in Las Vegas that used his talents to create custom garage doors for high end clients. The sheer talent this guy has in absolutely amazing. Visit his garage door repairs las vegas website to check out some of his creation and new cutting edge ideas.