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Showing posts from October, 2013

Napoleon's Imagination Quote

This project has gone through various changes until I settled with this. I'm still an amateur with painting gouache but I like how it came out. I drew the celtic knot pattern without thinking too much about it. The IMAGINATION word is done on Roman Capitals while the rest is on Foundational hand. I decided not to include Napoleon's name to see how it will look like, but it would have been more convincing if I included his name, right?

I'll try a different style next time and see how it will come out.

Quote source: Brainy Quote -- Napoleon Bonaparte

Travel For Beauty

I picked this quote after reading several posts in my stream in Google+ that some of them are going to travel to other countries. It is normal to hear differing opinions from people who have traveled to different places and their experiences are filled with the good and the bad but above all you can see from their faces that they have definitely enjoyed their time.

The decorated letter is something I created out on a whim. I drew it first before I painted it. To be honest, I got mixed feelings about what I did with that letter but went with it anyway. I think it is better done in illumination paired with theology quotes. I'll try that out in my future projects.

The rest of the quote is done in Foundational hand. I like how the letters are formed but my handwriting still needs more improvement.

More practice!

Quote source: Brainy Quote -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Quote on Augustus Hare

After I have done this work I noticed something wrong with the Gothic letters. They are too thin! I tested all of my calligraphy pens that I have and realized I used a lower nib width. I used a brush for the decorated letter T (I think they are called flat brush).

Quote source: Brainy Quote -- Augustus Hare

Practices and Projects

Instead of posting one project per post, I gathered all of my practices and projects that I have created in here.

In Maryanne's book, she guides you first by practicing  the hands with a no. 2 pencil. Since I did not buy any materials mentioned in the book, I make do with what I had. I always find it irritable that my handwriting is not good (and here I thought my handwriting was perfect!).

This time I used the Sheaffer calligraphy pens I bought several weeks after I ordered my first calligraphy instructional book from Amazon. It writes nicely but will not produce the same results as those in the book. Still, it is  a good alternative for practicing.

This was my first project after practicing each hands in the book. The upper version was smeared because I erased the guidelines while the silver metallic ink was still wet.

I really love writing names ever since I learned how to write Italic during first grade. Whenever I have free time (or trying to make free time), I'd get so…

Welcome, Stellar Camp!

Normally the title of the very first post of a new blog site (or any website) would be 'Welcome to (insert name of blog here)!' but I was thinking of welcoming Stellar Camp into the virtual world so I put it that way.

Stellar Camp is created solely for my love about western calligraphy. The reason why I use the words stellar and camp is that I love watching the starry night sky (stellar).

edit: The truth is the idea of Stellar Camp came from an action RPG game I played: Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning. There is mission that will invite you to join the Travelers faction, which will take you to their three main camps: the Sun Camp, Moon Camp and Star Camp. I combined the three and came up with Stellar Camp.

I discovered calligraphy when I thought of improving my handwriting because it was complemented by a friend. I opened up YouTube to look for tutorials on about it. After the search, one of the videos featured about how to start on calligraphy. The instructor in that video was Pa…