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bloodgroove
12-16-2007, 08:13 AM
Hello everybody
I am a self-taught calligrapher from Bulgaria.
You see, this art is not popular here, there are no workshops, no seminars or lectures even at art schools! My calligraphy books and the net have been my only source for inspiration and training.
In the beginning I would like you to comment on and assess my works which you can see here:

http://battlesteel.googlepages.com/%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%84%D0%B8%D1%8F

quills
12-19-2007, 11:38 AM
Excellent varied work you have reached a very high standard be very proud :clap:
Passion is my favourite work of yours :wave:

Jakeally
02-19-2008, 01:58 PM
I think Calligraphy has a minor following these days, which is such a pity. It is such a wonderful artform but sadly it has been taken over by technology.
People seem to want a quick fix and turn readily to their computers to add the text.
I think your work is just tremendous ... thank you for sharing with us:thumbsup:

blackhills
02-20-2008, 02:07 AM
I can see by the poll in the previous thread that we are in need of a calligraphy tutorial! You should do one, you have such beautiful work. Myself, I have a problem with a steady hand - is there a trick to this besides cutting out coffee :(

blackhills
02-20-2008, 10:57 AM
I came across this link for Roman style calligraphy tutorial, which may be interesting! http://www.mmwindowtoart.com/wordart/cal1.html

quills
02-21-2008, 10:26 AM
I personally would not be comfortable with the examples given in that tutorial.

quills
02-21-2008, 02:04 PM
This exemplar from Speedball particularly Chart 3 gives some excellent examples.
A little slow in loading a PDF file

http://web.archive.org/web/20060423191537/http://speedballart.com/pdf/letteringcharts.pdf

blackhills
02-21-2008, 11:30 PM
Thanks quills, I will check out the link! I am not very experienced calligrapher so that will help me thanks. Bloodgroup your pictures are very beautiful, I especially love the double alphabet white, green, red and ochre on your website and I love colors and placement of #2 and 3. I will visit your website often to drool.

bloodgroove
03-16-2008, 01:12 PM
This exemplar from Speedball particularly Chart 3 gives some excellent examples.
A little slow in loading a PDF file

http://web.archive.org/web/20060423191537/http://speedballart.com/pdf/letteringcharts.pdf
Nice hands, thanks! :thumbsup:
Some special techniques in handling the nib are clearly demonstrated, too.
As far as the construction of an energetic letterform is concerned, the key to success is practice. I have to admit that sometimes it is a tedious process. However, I think that practising calligraphy for an hour a day is quite sufficient. Maybe I should post a brief tutorial about Roman Capitals/lowercase and Italic letterforms as they are the most versatile, in my view.

quills
03-16-2008, 03:21 PM
As far as the construction of an energetic letterform is concerned, the key to success is practice. I have to admit that sometimes it is a tedious process. However, I think that practising calligraphy for an hour a day is quite sufficient. Maybe I should post a brief tutorial about Roman Capitals/lowercase and Italic letterforms as they are the most versatile, in my view.


There is a hunger on here for good letter forms great offer,
I think a tutorial from you would receive a very warm welcome.
Particularly if you are able to find time to give feedback on folks lettering efforts .

CPM
03-16-2008, 03:59 PM
Kiril, Your artwork is put together very well. I really like the "blues". The music bar with the splash of color is very effective. - Chris

bloodgroove
02-03-2010, 11:26 AM
This is my latest work. Written with a steel nib and brown ink on a piece of wallpaper (30 x 20 cm):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2010/125937-Keats.jpg

Detail:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2010/125937-KeatsDetail.jpg

Hiraeth
02-04-2010, 06:20 AM
I love the textured look you achieved by writing on the wallpaper. Is that walnut ink?

jjsangel
02-04-2010, 12:45 PM
Very beautiful work. You self training has done you well. I love the piece on the wallpaper. The rough texture and the touch of color on the background makes for a very nice piece of work.

dgford
02-05-2010, 12:31 AM
I like the alignment in what we call "hanging up the washing" method. In other words, keep the letters level along the waist-height and don't worry too much about the baseline levels. It gives a lively freedom. The texture and colours are beautiful.

My critical eye sees one thing to be wary about --- there is a slight tendency to slope back. The top of many letters is further to the left that the bottom. That is not natural among calligraphers.

Great variety and great skill.

Geoff

bloodgroove
02-06-2010, 06:46 AM
No, I didn't use wallnut ink, I used something that can be defined as 'wood stain' (it is sold as crystals which I dissolve in water). Thank you all for the comments!

Hiraeth
02-06-2010, 09:26 AM
I'll bet what we call walnut ink in America is what YOU call wood stain in Bulgaria!:lol:

I mix my walnut ink from crystals. . .

DMcGowan
02-07-2010, 06:50 PM
Beautiful work. Lovely to look at. I enjoyed the wallpaper pieces posted here the most because they were larger.

bloodgroove
02-10-2010, 01:59 PM
No, we do not use the term 'wood stain' in Bulgaria. We say ''байц за дърво" :) (The crystals I use are sold in hardware stores and the solution is used to stain wood)
I mean, what I use as tools and materials is not specially designed for calligraphy. Few people here are familiar with Western calligraphy and there are no calligraphy supplies.
I would like to ask all of you what kind of gouache you use to write light letters on dark (or black paper). I tried the best brands on Bulgarian market of art supplies (http://www.trinity4arts.co.uk/pages/gouache.htm) but still the problem is that either the paint is too thick to flow or too thin to leave a visible mark on black paper. Should I use acrylic paints instead?

bloodgroove
01-08-2012, 03:31 PM
Two works done a few days ago. Shadows in the background because of a bad scanner.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jan-2012/125937-TheSun.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jan-2012/125937-TheRiver.jpg

JanetSmith
02-09-2012, 06:26 AM
Light lettering on dark : can you get hold of Dr Ph Martins Bleedproof white? This on its own or mixed with gouache will give you a paint that covers well on dark card or paper. It's always going to be harder than on white paper because you want the paint thick enough to cover the coloured surface, but not clogging in your pen. I find I have to clean my nib much more frequently if I'm writing light on dark.
Keep up the practice!
Janet

dgford
02-10-2012, 05:04 AM
A lovely quality of freedom in the second piece. My only real crit would be the "tailing away" of many of the letter S --- just a hint of weight I think would improve them.

Geoff

nzuriel
03-24-2012, 05:30 AM
Beautiful work and stroke. I consider it unique talent of learning on your own and improving at the same time. Please keep it up and always be inspired. :thumbsup:

Gwenever
06-15-2012, 03:12 AM
Kiril, Your artwork is put together very well. I really like the "blues". The music bar with the splash of color is very effective. - Chris


I completely agree with Chris. I'm really lovin that particular piece.

Soul Mover
07-12-2012, 07:27 AM
I take off my hat to you. :clap:

dkk
07-13-2012, 02:14 AM
I like the alignment in what we call "hanging up the washing" method. In other words, keep the letters level along the waist-height and don't worry too much about the baseline levels. It gives a lively freedom. The texture and colours are beautiful.

My critical eye sees one thing to be wary about --- there is a slight tendency to slope back. The top of many letters is further to the left that the bottom. That is not natural among calligraphers.

Great variety and great skill.

Geoff
I wondered if that slope back was part of his style? or not? Just wondering.....

dkk
07-13-2012, 02:22 AM
Bloodgroove........I'm inspired by your passion for this art! I checked out your art on your site. I see a variety of different directions you are going with your calligraphy. Directions in style, type of quote, combinations of words, as well as compositions.
Keep on creating! Look at your work from a linear perspective and see which threads (direction) you would like to go.
I'm glad you posted here!