Beetle Calligraphy

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I enjoy dabbling in Calligraphy and hand lettering.  Here is a piece that I made a few years ago for my husband’s birthday.  It says Chalcosoma – a beautiful genus of beetle, which at the time husband was raising.

Here’s a quick story of how I became interested in Calligraphy and lettering:  Some years ago I was working on a sketchbook specifically dedicated to beetles.  Each beetle drawing was accompanied by it’s scientific name, which I hand lettered (as best as I could at the time).  Every day I would create a beetle illustration to post on Flickr.  A wonderful friend and neighbor of mine, Orrin (and Gayle) would critique my work.  I love a good honest critique, and always enjoyed the input.  So one day Orrin told me that if I stepped up the quality of the lettering a bit it would make the beetle illustrations all the more aesthetic. He was (and often is) right.   Orrin was about 83 at that time and I have a great deal of admiration and respect for him and his advise.  So I heeded his words and set out to improve my lettering, which soon lead me to calligraphy.  I’ve been doing it ever since, and Orrin approves.  Thank you, Orrin!

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23 thoughts on “Beetle Calligraphy

  1. This is much more than calligraphy! Just as in your drawings, it’s the details that you excel at…the extra swirls and connections here are exquisite. This was wise advice you received….and obviously you’ve reaped much from it!

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  2. This is very good… It almost looks musical too. My father was a great artist, and he also dabbled in calligraphy a bit as well, mostly because of family crests and coat of arms and genealogy and such. My sister also has an interest in calligraphy. I like it, and appreciate quality work… but am admittedly a bit lazy and like to do such things on the computer rather than with proper pens on paper.

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