Chinese Art vs. Western Art

There are many complex factors that go into the ways that an artistic tradition develops, including the philosophies and histories of the artists involved. When examining the differences between traditional Chinese and Western art, we see differences in composition, medium, use of color and tone, perspective, and the list goes on. While much of traditional...

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Hand-Lettering vs Calligraphy: What’s the Difference?

You may be wondering, if calligraphy simply refers to the art of beautiful writing, then why aren’t all words, when they’re beautifully represented, considered calligraphy? Hand-lettering and calligraphy are both expressions of artistic lettering. However, there is a very distinguishable difference between these different lettering methods. This distinction boils down to differing methods. Calligraphy relies...

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4 DIY Modern Pointed-Pen Calligraphy Techniques

Modern calligraphy is an artistic lettering medium open to versatility, experimentation, and the development of skills that lie outside of the traditional calligraphy toolbox. Contemporary pointed-pen calligraphy often uses colorful watercolor, backgrounds, flourish designs, and painted flowers. You might see these modern techniques spilling their ink across mail art, wedding and event invitations, as well...

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