New in Portfolio: Calligraphy over Photos

 “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ralph Waldo Emerson  Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab  typeandgraphicslab.com  | Photo by Averie Woodard | Source  unsplash.com

“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab typeandgraphicslab.com | Photo by Averie Woodard | Source unsplash.com

For the last couple of weeks, I've been interested in writing calligraphy over photos and creating some kind of background texture with letters. A quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson was an experiment in modern calligraphy with bouncing expressive letters. The next one was a little phrase from a wedding vow, which I wrote in a more traditional way. And the last quote about ballet by Peter Martins was even more experimental (and challenging!) since I tried to incorporate a lot of flamboyant decorative elements. Looking at these three pieces together, I realized that in terms of letterforms I prefer more traditional styles of calligraphy not only for legibility reasons, but also for their timeless elegance.

 “To have and to hold, to love and to cherish”  Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab  typeandgraphicslab.com  | Photo by Chiến Phạm | Source:  unsplash.com

“To have and to hold, to love and to cherish”

Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab typeandgraphicslab.com | Photo by Chiến Phạm | Source: unsplash.com

 “Ballet is pure and demands that you serve something larger than yourself, whether it be beauty or art, or a combination of both. It requires discipline, taking care of yourself, taking care of your own body first. Then it allows you to give of that beauty, the beauty that you acquire by sculpting your own body all your life.” Peter Martins  Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab  typeandgraphicslab.com  | Photo by Ron Sartini | Source:  unsplash.com

“Ballet is pure and demands that you serve something larger than yourself, whether it be beauty or art, or a combination of both. It requires discipline, taking care of yourself, taking care of your own body first. Then it allows you to give of that beauty, the beauty that you acquire by sculpting your own body all your life.” Peter Martins

Calligraphy by Type and Graphics Lab typeandgraphicslab.com | Photo by Ron Sartini | Source: unsplash.com