Published on April 15th, 2012 | by Omar0
Traditional arts in a digital age
Being a man of the digital age, I am quite dependent on the Undo key. Make a mistake? No problem…undo it in some way shape or form. I recently ventured into the world of Arabic calligraphy and worked on a piece of “art” that I was really trying to do a good job on. It was a piece for my wife’s birthday so the pressure was on!
I started one and a half months ago with concept drawings. Then two weeks in I started on the actual canvas. I made mistake after mistake…redoing the piece over roughly 25 times…do I EVER miss the ability to undo things at a click of a button. However, it’s left me with a profound appreciation of traditional artists and the fact that mastering an art is far more difficult and dare I say more meaningful in the non-digital world.
It was also reaffirmed that I have a lot of work to do before considering myself a master of the art but it does feel sooooo good to step away from the computer and create something with my hands.
Among the signs of Allah is that He created spouses for you from yourselves that you may feel tranquility with them; and He created love and compassion between you. Surely in that are signs for a people who reflect. – The Qur’an Chapter 30 Verse 21
Medium: Bristol 2 Ply
Tools: Hand Made Bamboo Dip Pens – Qalam
Material: India Ink and Acrylic