Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Traditional Calligraphy

Arabic calligraphy is an art form developed over centuries. Many styles have evolved over the years and the art has emerged in its abstract contemporary form also. Though contemporary calligraphy looks great, it requires considerable mastery over the traditional forms. It takes a long time and lot of minute work to get the entire piece correct. This is a piece where I have tried to imitate arabic calligraphy style in the Indian alphabet.

Arabic calligraphy involves a lot of grammer or rules as to how a letter must be placed or how much space has to be in between two lines and so on. The deewani style followed in this picture is more flexible in the form of the alphabet.