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The Dabbler
07-18-2007, 09:08 PM
Can anyone recommend a link or reference for a tutorial on Arabic calligraphy?

marie_d
07-19-2007, 10:44 AM
Hi David, been delving through the internet sites for arabic calligraphy and found one that might be of interest to you. I dont know how to insert hyperlinks in posts yet so I will give you the web site address. It is sakkal.com
and is by an arabic calligrapher named Mamoun Sakkal. Some lovely stuff on here, informative history about arabic calligraphy, as well as links to other arabic calligraphy sites too. Will be keeping an eye out for your arabic calligraphy postings. Hope this info is of use to you.

The Dabbler
07-19-2007, 11:52 AM
Well thankyou Marie.
I visited your link. While I didn't find a tutorial (in american) I did catch a glimpse of an incredible artform. Is this the same culture we hear about on the news every night?(just jok'n).
I decided to pursue this on my own without the benefit of instruction.
I took the first four letters of the alphabet and drew the four separate forms using a ball point.(what a mess) I then went to a flat tip (not sure what size, probably 1.5) The first 4 lines of practice were terrible. I just couldn't get used to pushing the strokes. I then went to my left hand (so I could pull the stokes) and that was even worse. I stopped took a deep breath, chanted a little mantra (hmmmm this ain't gonna kick my hmmmm)... started again with my original hand ..., and before you know it I was cranking out something that looked like Arabic.
Anyway... here are the first four letters that I drew using the ball point and then edited with impunity using paint. After I practice a little I'll post the results of my practice with a flat tip (if anybody is interested)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2007/69601-first_four.JPG

The Dabbler
07-19-2007, 02:51 PM
This the initial form of the Arabic letter (Ba'). It is used at the beginning of a word. Keeping in mind that Arabic reads from right to left it follows that the letter is drawn from right to left. (Someone tell me it ain't so!)
Starting at the upper right of the letter to be drawn, I hold the pen at 60* and pull the pen down in a shallow arc.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2007/69601-ba.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2007/69601-ba2.JPG

I then proceed to push the pen to the left (there must be another way!). Witness by the ragged appearance of the line that I haven't quite mastered this yet.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2007/69601-ba3.JPG
Finish the letter with a short arc up and to the right.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2007/69601-ba4.JPG
The position of the dot (below the main body of the character) distinguishes this from other letters that use the same shape.

The Dabbler
07-19-2007, 05:51 PM
This the initial form of the Arabic letter (Ba'). It is used at the beginning of a word.
I mispoke in the previous post. The form shown in the previous post is reffered to as the "Detached form" of the letter (Ba'). Quite frequently letters are used as "stand alone" letters (Not part of a word) or in some cases, are a word in themselves such as the letter "I" in the English language. Sorry for any confusion I may have caused. You may now go out and burn an effigy of me, and I will feel your pain

Rose Queen
07-19-2007, 07:06 PM
As a person who spent years in college learning Arabic, I must say I admire your pluck!



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The Dabbler
07-19-2007, 09:05 PM
.... I admire your pluck!
Is my future so bleak?:o
I sometimes spend hours trying to decipher Al Jeezera headlines in an effort to get their bent (to paranoid to trust their English version).

Rose Queen
07-19-2007, 10:16 PM
Not bleak at all, until you actually try speaking it! I think it's one of those languages you either learn as a child or you go around all the time with a sore throat...that's certainly how I remember my college years!

No, you're doing fine; I just meant it's hard to learn Arabic from books, especially since the vowels are usually omitted in text, so...I admire your pluck! :thumbsup:



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The Dabbler
07-20-2007, 12:36 AM
Ah that explains it. I tried picking up on their speech but my hearing is just too bad, especially in the higher frequencies where consonants are discerned. And those gutteral choking sounds, your right, they're impossible

marie_d
07-20-2007, 03:26 PM
You are doing well! I can imagine the difficulty trying to write the opposite way with your pen nib. Do you think a reed pen may slide better over the paper than a hard metal nib, you may be able to push the ink around easier too. I know arabic calligraphers do prefer reed pens.
Will be following you, good luck.

The Dabbler
07-20-2007, 05:21 PM
I imagine anything would be an improvement over what I''m doing now. I certainly appreciate the tip. Looks like another trip to the store. Can you recommend a vender?
Then on the other hand, since I'm a wood carver....

scribblet
08-12-2007, 04:32 PM
You are doing well! I can imagine the difficulty trying to write the opposite way with your pen nib. Do you think a reed pen may slide better over the paper than a hard metal nib, you may be able to push the ink around easier too. I know arabic calligraphers do prefer reed pens.
Will be following you, good luck.
I've heard people who write Hebrew say they use a left handed nib, would the same apply to arabic ?