Is God Not Enough?
I get a lot of inquiries about commissioning an original piece of Arabic calligraphy. I thought I’d post something about the process of how I go about creating these pieces. This was an original commission I did for a client in the UK a few days ago. The quote was from the Qur’an, Surah Al-Zumar [39:37] “Is God not sufficient for His servant?”
أَلَيْسَ اللَّهُ بِكَافٍ عَبْدَهُ
The piece was to be a large (28″x20″) figural piece with red highlights. The paper I used was a wonderful cream colored paper with a slight luminescence to it. First I laid out the design on normal 8.5×11 paper:
Once I had the basic design that I would use, I had to figure out which pen to use to do such a large piece.
I experimented a couple of different times with the different pens, finally landing on the middle one.
Then I did it again, but in final, good copy mode, taking more time to make each stroke so the letters came out darker and sharper.
Then I added the dots in red:
And finally the short vowels:
If you’re interested in getting a piece done, you can write to me at arabic.calligrapher(at)gmail(dot)com, and I’ll get back to you regarding the specifics of your piece! You can also check out some of the styles I work in at my other site, http://www.arabiccalligrapher.com/