Learning how to write calligraphy and apply flourishes was one of the hardest things to master. I will say I am still mastering it. Because flourishes are decorative elements to jazz up a piece. By Jazz up I making the piece look luxurious and elegant.
The way that I really improved my flourishing was by studying other work I came across. The act of studying and seeing what others have done helps a lot. Because learning from others you begin to develop a better eye for what works and what does not.
The video above goes into how I went about learning how to flourish and what I have done to improve and continuously improve.
Here’s how I go about working on a Calligraphy/Brush lettering piece.
The past week I had tried out streaming my morning practice sessions on periscope. Because if you don’t follow me on snapchat and Instagram you’d know I post what I’m working on every morning (most of the time ). I loved how it happened organically and I wasn’t fully awake and aware what getting featured meant.
Because I was just hanging out with friends and just doing what I usually do. Then I get a notification saying you’ve been featured and then another saying that periscopetv has retweeted your stream.
Immediately I got nervous and was thinking to hard about what I was doing. Because imagine going from having like 5-6 people viewing then it goes up to 80 then 100 in a matter of minutes. Something like that happening was great for me to see. I say that it was great to get featured and I’m thankful for periscope taking the time to do such a thing for me.
There honestly is nothing I did to get featured other than stayed consistent with streaming and just having fun.
You shouldn’t be so focused on having immediate success. Just focus on building one brick at a time. While building you have to have patience.
This is a free Custom Valentines day card. I hope you have a very wonderful valentines day even if you are not spending with anyone other than yourself.
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On instagram there are many times people will ask how did you do that shading on posts. I wanted to show a very simple way to add shading to typography. Because at times it can feel as if they person behind an account that you ask a question can feel as if they are keeping it a secret. So I wanted to share this simple tip.
Using a Pilot Parallel Pen for calligraphy it takes some time to learn how to use precisely. Also learning how to hold the pen while using it for calligraphy requires patience and to not rush.
Here is part two of the two part series I created on how to critique calligraphy work. This a way that I go about critiquing the calligraphy work that I do. The process of learning how to see the fine details and why something is working vs not working takes time to develop such a skill.
Critiquing calligraphy is something that I feel is learned by more practice. Also learning how to see little details of you work better with each piece. One major thing is learning how to see different angles that your pen should be at while constructing each letter.
Another thing is being able to see the spacing that is needed between each letter. Because if you are writing a word and the letters are crashing into each other it will not be a solid piece. This video is part one of a two part series of me explaining how to critique calligraphy work.