Today, calligraphy is known as a design and execution of lettering that turn basic words into a creative visual of lines, curves, and strokes.
Not only is calligraphy now a passion for many art lovers but it is also an income opportunity for many. With the right execution calligraphic illustrations are a beauty. This art form can be illustrated on practically anything-product packaging, billboards, merchandise, signage, logos, and so much more.
If you love art, then learning calligraphy may come naturally. There are a lot of software that can aid you, there are online video tutorials, and self-study articles to help you get there. Here are a few quick steps to get you started.
Study the art
Like any visual art form, practice makes perfect. There is no degree needed to practice and learn this art. But taking a few formal study courses will definitely help you. Try to get your hands on software tools and even physical equipment like those broad tip pens and brushes and just keep your creativity flowing and practice lettering. In art, there are no boundaries. So just keep doodling, keep scribbling, go online and get inspiration from professional calligraphers, read art magazines, and just have fun with it.
In field of arts much is mastered through self-study and practice. Take the lead from experts, get guidance from professionals and then apply what you’ve learned and keep doing it.
Connect with other artists
Learning from your peers is another great way to improve your calligraphic skills and know-how. Exchange techniques with fellow artists, learn how they do their craft and share how you do yours. Being around people who are passionate about the same stuff as you are will not only inspire you but will also help your creativity flow.
Look up groups and clubs of calligraphers and connect with them. This is another great way to make sure you are updated on the latest styles, techniques, software, and tools on calligraphy. By joining clubs and groups you will also be able to more easily get possible job opportunities and income generating projects.
Set up your portfolio
Now that you’ve gained enough knowledge about calligraphy, and are well acquainted with other artists and calligraphers, it’s time to create your portfolio. A good portfolio of your best work will be your best ticket to landing projects or even a permanent job. Companies will always ask for your work samples and proof of past experiences in the field. So you need to be sure you have a creatively executed collection of your work.
Seek out job opportunities
With your knowledge, experience, and portfolio in hand you will have more confidence proactively seeking employment opportunities as a calligrapher. While you have a strong network and are a member of a club, it would be good to look out for opportunities to make money out of your skill.