Making the Jump into Digital Calligraphy

GIMP Magazine - Issue 9 v4-page001So many people have asked me how to move authentic traditional calligraphy & illustrations into the digital world.  I started calligraphy back in the 1980s, and my first digital calligraphy piece was around the mid 1990s when “Pagemaker” was king.  All of my calligraphy today is still authentically created by hand, but the vast majority of my work is digitally post processed. Here are my recommended steps to get you started into this totally creative world of digital calligraphy. Continue reading

Personalized Greetings Cards

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Learn how to create personalized greeting cards using GIMP, Inkscape and Scribus. This year I decided to change things up a bit and do some cards for my family, friends, co-workers and calligraphy guild members (card exchange). Continue reading

Oktoberfest Calligraphy Tutorial

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Oktoberfest is right around the corner, and what a better way to mark the event but with classic German calligraphy.  This calligraphic typeface is based on Klingspore by Rudolf Koch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Koch). This is a beautiful Gothic typeface.

This authentic calligraphy was created using a 6.0 mm Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen.  It was later scanned, and digitally processed to create the gold raised effect.  It was finally draped on top of the two background images.  The pooling of the ink by the original calligraphy pen creates differences in height and colour.  This effect mixes authentic calligraphy with modern digital arts.  The digital effects were created with GIMP & Inkscape (FREE software). Read more at http://flickr.com/steveczajka.  And “en Prosit!”

Cheers
Steve

Twitter Mural

The #TwitterMural project was a partnership between the City of Mississauga and the Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto.  The project was completed in the spring of 2013 during Youth Week.  Several members of CAGT were involved with the training of students, planning, design, layout and painting of the mural.  Learn more about the project in this gallery of slides presentation below…

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Circular Calligraphy Border – Full Edition – Part 5

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In the fifth and final part of this video tutorial series, lean about the final images and how you can freely use them yourself. Also check out my final thoughts on the project.

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Circular Calligraphy Border – Full Texture Edition – Part 4

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In part 4 of the video tutorial series, learn about how the final circular calligraphy border image processing was done using open source GIMP software. Keep in mind that this video is designed for GIMP users who have an intermediate skill level.

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