How To Draw Calligraphy Pictures

How To Draw Calligraphy Pictures

This is a very unique and to-the-point way of using calligraphy to draw images. It looks like it would be fun to try!

How to draw calligraphy pictures - quite an odd title because calligraphy itself can be pictorial so you can make something out of calligraphy called a calligram where you take the structure of the lettering. Now, let's say your talking about a cat where it's a poem about a cat, you can do the whole outline of the cat in the lettering and so that's essentially a calligraphy picture. What I am going to look at is I'm going to look at how to draw bits of decoration, pictures or pictorial decorations, that is generally associated with calligraphy.

So what I've done here is I've done a letter Q using a type of letter form a Lombardic letter and I'm going to outline and inline the letter and once that's done, I'm then going to start playing with the letter itself. So I'm using one of Manuscript Pen Company's nibs because I need a really fine nib for outlining and then I'm going to do an internal order. Then I'm going to do another order.

I'm using a sort of typical paisley pattern from the middle ages and just by creating this sort of little bit of indentation, these are called invected lines, you get a really nice delicate sort of decoration. The other thing we can do is we can actually block an area in, so let's take this C, I am going to block the C in. This would usually be done in raised gold and that would be an outline.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to block this in some more by basically making a series of internal borders. Once the borders overlap, I can then start working alongside basic geometric shapes. So we're going to work in this corner up here and were going to make something called a trefoil because it's a flower with three lobes.

Most people think this type of decoration is very difficult. What you must remember about this kind of decoration is do not look at the decoration and be confounded by its complexity. Look at its absolute simplicity underneath the complexity so you might want to get a piece of tracing paper and put it over a letter, don't press too hard with your pencil, you can damage the book.

So how do you make a trefoil out of a triangle? First thing you do is you make three little triangles, right? Then you make a pollen ball and you can see it starting to take shape and then very carefully make a gentle little swooping curve. You find this kind of thing quite a lot in ornamentation from the Gothic period as well as ornamentation from the Gothic revival. So this is quite an important aspect to flourishing which is where you turn the page because if you keep the page studded, you're going to have to turn yourself.

Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to add just some wavy lines to indicate that the petals are not flat and there you have a trefoil. You can then make the trefoil, let's take the center and we can turn the center into a quatrafoil. Notice how I'm using my arm to pivot and work around.

Again, we go back to the little triangles and you can see quatrafoil. Now fortunately, this Manuscript Pen Company is also slightly flexible so it allows you to really play with the shape and add weight to the thing which makes it just a little bit more alive. I'm making these little over-loops so it looks like the petals are actually looping over each other, one going underneath the other.

There we have a simple trefoil. Essentially, that is how you use decorative pictorial art alongside calligraphy. .