Thursday, June 20, 2019

Calligraphy update -- brut style

The other night I was intrigued by the label on our wine bottle, what you might describe as calligraphy brut.

Always searching for new ideas for my daily calligraphy, I took this one home and tried it out a few times.

I like it!  Legible, but not beautiful.  (Legibility is not a requirement for successful calligraphy, in my opinion, but it's OK in its place.)

I keep searching for a calligraphic style that would let me use letters in a more abstract way, more like art and less like writing.  Maybe this is a first step in that direction, but I'll have to work on it.  It's still too pretty, and I want a little more grit.

Different sizes of letters?  Overlapping letters?   Letters going in different orientations?  Script?  Less legibility, more brutalism?

I'll try again this evening.

1 comment:

  1. On the more-like-art-less-like-letters front: if you haven't already you might check out Arabic calligraphy. I frequently find it exquisite, and as a non-arabic speaker I'm drawn to it simply for the artistic forms. It's interesting, almost after-the-fact, to realize those are letters. It might give you some thoughts on some directions for your letters.