Islamic Calligraphy: An Introduction by Aslam Kamal

It was among a stack of dusty books that I lucked out and found Aslam Kamal’s Islamic Calligraphy: An Introduction. A few years ago, I was visiting book stores in Lahore as I love to do. Besides newer books, there are lots of treasures to be found in piles of old books. Often, that is where I learn about interesting artists and stories. Art books in Pakistan have very limited print runs as the audience of those who can afford art books and appreciate them is a small one.

The book has a good deal of variety when it comes to calligraphy in Arabic script and more. There are pages with ancient examples from earlier forms of Arabic writing in the Quran, to exquisite pieces throughout the ages. Of particular interest to me were the pieces by Sadequain, one of Pakistan’s most celebrated artists as well as the beautiful juxtaposition of architecture and calligraphy in the work of Aslam Kamal, the author of the book as well as an incredible artist himself.

Aslam Kamal Islamic Khatati Calligraphy Introduction Book Cover
Aslam Kamal Islamic Khatati Calligraphy Introduction Book Cover
Aslam Kamal Islamic Khatati Calligraphy Introduction
Aslam Kamal Islamic Khatati Calligraphy Introduction
Aslam Kamal Islamic Khatati Calligraphy Introduction Book. Sadequain art.
Aslam Kamal Islamic Khatati Calligraphy Introduction Book. Sadequain art.

It was with this inspiration that I did a series of sketches to come up with a title logo for my short film Gul.

Gul logo sketchbook page
Gul logo sketchbook page
Gul logo sketchbook page
Gul logo sketchbook page
Gul logo sketchbook page
Gul logo sketchbook page
Gul film title logo black
Gul film title logo black
Gul film title logo photoshop
Gul film title logo photoshop
Gul Logo
Gul Logo
Animated painted test for the Gul logo.
Animated painted test for the Gul logo.

 

 

 

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