Here are two more versions of the stylized Allah with 99 names done in colors. The colors were filled in using a dip pen with Winsor & Newton inks.
August 28, 2010
August 27, 2010
I made this sculpture as a copy of something I saw on the internet – I wanted to try and replicate the flowing headscarf in wood.
The sun behind the woman came about because I had extra wood there that I did not feel like cutting off, I think it balances the sculpture nicely.
The sculpture is made out of Basswood.
The whirling Dervish has came about as the result of an exercise on Anthropomorphic Calligraphy – the idea is not originally mine but this particular composition is.
The paper in this case is stained with coffee. The calligraphy is done with Sheaffer Skrip Red mixed with a little Sheaffer Lavender and Lamy Black inks. The pens used were a Sheaffer Calligraphy pen I modified for the Arabic script and a Dollar Demonstrator fitted with a modified nib from a cheap Inoxcrom fountain pen.
The dervish is made out of the word ‘Al Tawafuq’ which means ‘harmony’.
I uploaded this image to the Fountain Pen Network which I frequent and it received a surprisingly positive response – you can visit that topic here. I like the dynamism of this composition and subsequently made a simplified version that you can see in the header of this blog.
This composition is in a private collection in the USA.
I will start off with the calligraphic work and add some of the sculptures later on.
Here is a composition I made about a year ago. This is done on paper stained with tea and tea leaves. The stylized Allah is filled in with some of the 99 names of Allah (couldn’t fit all of them!) The filled in color is Gold calligraphy ink mixed with some Waterman Havana Brown to create a Bronze color.