Intermediate Western Calligraphy Tips : Calligraphy Vines & Flowers: Part 2

Intermediate Western Calligraphy Tips : Calligraphy Vines & Flowers: Part 2


So Ivy, there’s different kinds of ivy. But
I would say that this is a pretty typical looking, kind of an ivy design. So there are
so many variations on just this one theme alone. That you could decide whether you want
to paint this to look very realistic. Or you want to paint it the way, I just did with
a brush. But in any event, you want to think in terms of having it be, you want it to be
even. In terms of how you’re placing, placing the vine. You want it to be even in terms
of shapes. And you know, just think in terms of what the real, the real plant would do.
How the leaves would turn towards the sun. And stay out of each other’s way. So what
you’re after here is something that’s very even. And then you can go ahead. And you can
add other things to the vine. Maybe, it’s not an Ivy vine, maybe it’s some other kind
of a vine. Where you can start to add flowers. So what you’re doing is, you’re, you’re making
something richer and richer. And there’s also one other thing that I want to point out to.
And that’s a really neat thing. A really neat idea. And it’s called Grissaile, which is
French word meaning gray. So the first Grissaile paintings were probably done in gray. And
what that means is, you’re doing something that starts to look sculpted. But it’s really
only with one, with one color. So, here’s an example of a piece that I did for a calendar.
And this is I would call this Grissaile. Because it’s face is all one color. So, it’s a matter
of washes. It almost begins to it almost begins to look like a pencil drawing. Pencil painting,
even. And what I’ve done here is I’ve given it some sense of shadow. So that it just gets
a little bit more three dimensional. So, now I’ve mentioned the idea of shadow. And I just
want to show you. Because a lot of times, shadows are used with lettering. So, the way
I do shadows is, I decide where I want my light source to be coming from. So I would
imagine. Let’s say we imagine that the light source is coming from this direction. O.k.?
So, if the light source is coming from this direction, then everything on the other side
is going to take a shadow. So, let’s see if I can figure this out. So this would be, this
would be the shadow side.

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