Calligraphy

Beautiful Examples of Korean Calligraphy

Beautiful Examples of Korean Calligraphy

introCalligraphy is the art of using lettering or words to create harmonious and expressive images. Although calligraphy can be created with Western languages, it is both most common and most well-known in Eastern languages, such as Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, or Korean. Below are a series of calligraphic images in Korean. I find these works particularly interesting because of their simplicity. Most of them use only black, white, and one other color, or none at all. This lack of visual complexity allows the viewer to look deeper into the meaning of the piece, and find thought-provoking details.

History

Korean calligraphy has an ancient history of tradition and expression. As an art form, it began to emerge during Korea’s Three Kingdoms era (100BC -668CE). It was used as a form of mental exercise amongst upper-class Korean men and philosophers. Even though the Korean language was fully developed, Chinese characters were common in Korean calligraphy until the early 1800′s. Sadly, war with Japan destroyed many of Korea’s greatest art treasures, and only a handful of calligraphic pieces survived.

Artistic Qualities

Calligraphy is commonly created with a pen and/or a brush dipped in black ink. The appearance of ink brushed on parchment is universally aesthetically pleasing. It has a basic, natural feel, and is soothing to look at. The combination of rough and smooth edges where brush strokes start and end create a naturalistic look and accentuate the simplicity of the piece. In addition, the angled brush strokes can make the lettering come alive, lending a feeling of flow and motion to static images. Looking at calligraphy, one can almost see the brush touching the paper in their mind. Korean calligraphy in particular is often about nature, with characters representing different natural objects. A calligrapher makes these objects dance and come to life.

Examples

Conclusion

The simplicity and feeling of movement in calligraphy creates beautiful, naturalistic work. Using universal ideas such as hand-lettering, large amounts of white space, and a limited colour scheme, one can make their work stand out and become something truly special.

ALL EXAMPLES ON THIS PAGE BELONG TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS. SOURCE LINKS ARE CONTAINED IN THE IMAGES.

(Why Calligraphy?)

 

I started calligraphy on February, 2013. I firstly knew it by one calligrapher, who lead me to the world of calligraphy. Before, I’ve never thought that I fell in love with white papers and brushes(pens). However, as I was third grade in highschool, which is very important grade because of an important test that third grade students had to take, practicing calligraphy was not easy. Actually, as it was not easy to practice, it makes me feel more interest of it, and crave for doing it. I practice it everyday, almost about 3~4 hours. (When I was not satisfied with my calligraphy, I even practiced it for 5~6 hours too.) Making my own letters took me long time, but now, even it is not perfect I can write with my own style. Still, I write with various brushes and pens everyday. Calligraphy became a part of my life. I will post about how fascinating calligraphy is during this semester. You must fall in love with it too!

(New Vocabulary)

The combination of rough and smooth edges where brush strokes start and end create a naturalistic look and accentuate the simplicity of the piece.

word: accentuate / verb

synonym : emphasize

antonym : minimize

korean meaning : 강조하다

sentence : I accentuate the aesthetic point of Korean calligraphy to classmates.

Using universal ideas such as hand-lettering, large amounts of white space, and a limited colour scheme, one can make their work stand out and become something truly special.

word: scheme / verb

synonym : planning

antonym : do~with impulse

korean meaning : 계획하다, 책략을 꾸미다

sentence : I always scheme design before doing calligraphy.

The appearance of ink brushed on parchment is universally aesthetically pleasing

word : parchment / noun

synonym : (thick) paper

antonym : x

korean meaning : 양피지

sentence : People sometimes write letters on parchment.

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