Luminous Calligraphy from “DeviantArt”

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Arabic Calligraphy IV by zsulaiman.

I had a fruitful exchange with a fellow blogger about incorporating alphabets into pictures — not an original idea of mine, of course. But it made me locate some images I had saved from several years ago.

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Arabic Calligraphy VII by zsulaiman.

These are from “zsulaiman” at

I hope this is proper attribution. She is a digital art professional based in Norway, according to the website. I found her work with Arabic calligraphy colorful and intriguing.

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[Arabic Calligraphy by zsulaiman.]

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They Said So We Said by zsulaiman.

(c) 2018 JMN.

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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9 Responses to Luminous Calligraphy from “DeviantArt”

  1. I like it. Almost as if the characters are finding their way through the layers of colour – resurfacing. I’m going to have a go. I’m thinking wax crayons….

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    • JMN says:

      Wax crayons sound like a good idea. “Resurfacing” is an apt description. I would love to see what you do with this sort of thing. Your media and techniques and subjects are very approachable for me — it’s a little harder to understand what happens with digital tools (for me), though I have great admiration for artists who are using them. It probably sounds crude, but I’d like to see (and do?) something more “hand-made” in this same vein. I’m especially fond of the last image I posted, which has a lot of yellow, and the letters seem to drip and bleed. I’m glad you like the samples.


      • I’m quite hands on too. It’s reminding me of those magic slate toys, where you rubbed with a stylus onto plastic and it stuck to the dark layer underneath, then you lifted the top layer to ‘erase’ it. I loved those and etch-a-sketch

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      • JMN says:

        I remember etch-a-sketch well. It was magical. I confess to having been fond also of coloring books and paint-by-numbers kits at a tender age. Finger paints were interesting, too. Even now I feel like a coloring book might be a relaxing tool for a long flight to Spain. But I will choose the sketch pad instead!


      • I’ve seen the ‘adult’ colouring books now, but find them unappealing. Where are the large bears driving rounded cars or pushing wheelbarrows and large colouring areas for your felt tips to run out half way through? With etch-a-sketch I felt like a fully qualified architect and the creaking noise the knobs made seems comforting in this age of uncomprehensible technology

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      • JMN says:

        I agree. The “adult” aspect is misguided. Your remarks remind me somehow of the illustrations in children’s books that date from my childhood and I still have. Many of them, and of consistent high quality, are by Anne Andersen, a compatriot of yours. I wonder if you’ve heard of her. She can be Googled. I copied one of her illustrations of Mother Goose on a 48”-square canvas, the largest size I do, covering up an old botched painting of my dad’s. I’m going to post it just for fun, for your inspection. I enjoyed doing it. I like looking through these old books, reading the old nursery rhymes, and would like to copy some more. They would inspire some truly interesting coloring books, I think. The rhymes and fables and word-play are actually quite sophisticated. It creates a cognitive dissonance, knowing that they were composed by adults who were making great leaps of supposition about what would make sense and be compelling to a child. There’s a certain amount of silliness which seems just fey or coy or smug, not sure of the word. Perhaps it’s a paradox behind all children’s literature, the fact it’s not written by children! Speaking of technology, I’ve been impressed by David Hockney’s digital paintings on the iPad, I think, (what I’m typing on now), but my brief sampling of those tools didn’t go far.


      • I didn’t recognise the name, but on googling, recognised the pictures. They are so rich, that is how it was possible to spend hours looking at a picture a book. I recently went to salts mill and saw Hockney’s the arrival of spring exhibition. It was stunning, but must admit I was most awed by the gallery site itself – a former textile factory and model village.

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      • JMN says:

        Lucky you! Salts Mill… The gallery site sounds delightful.

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