Why do People Ask Calligraphers to Have Their Name Translated from English to Japanese?

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We have been publishing Beyond-Calligraphy for some time now, and we have made many good friends and received many interesting requests. Some requests are easy, others are interesting, and then there are some that just keep don’t make sense to the team. This one is asked frequently. “Can you please translate my name from English to Japanese?” We always reply with the same answer which is “yes” we can (don’t worry, we are not running for office), but can you please give more details … [Read more...]

Why should I worry about Colour Management? I am just a Calligrapher not a Photographer.

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As promised in the conclusion to Part I of this article, we will now discuss colour management. Colour management is a workflow to control colour representation across all devices in the imaging chain. Most times the imaging chain starts with the camera and usually finishes with your printer. To control the colour, the colour management software creates profiles for all your devices. These profiles provide a description of each device’s gamut. A gamut is the range of colours that a … [Read more...]

Why Do We as Artists, Calligraphers and Sumi-e Painters Need to Re-learn what is Colour?

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Why do we as artist, calligraphers and sumi-e painters need to understand what is colour (color) and how to add colour management to our workflow? For most calligraphers, calligraphy is just sumi (black ink) on kami (white paper), but then there are the calligraphers who go beyond basic calligraphy and sumi-e. They experiment with different mediums, specialized handmade coloured paper (ryoshi), colourful ink, write on glass or bodies or other objects, and even with writing light. For these … [Read more...]