Angelica Ovcharenko

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You are my angel

Part 1. Choosing a phrase.

I decided to start with pretty short quote. It's a hard moment for me to choose meaningful phrase. I want it to be romantic, because I think it could bring me right feeling to make beautiful and nice calligraphy. The best of my ideas was to get some lines from the song. I chose song "Angel" by Massive Attack, and my phrase is "You are my angel". I like this song and especially because it plays in menu of my ever favorite game "Vampire: the Masquerade". Also Angel - it's me :) My name means Angel. And this phrase sounds kind of romantic.

Part 2. Sharing practice worksheets.

I've bought few types of nibs: pen holder with 5 flat nibs kit and separately 2 pointy nib: one super cheap and another... cheap :) More expensive one is the best. It's all that I found in my town, and I want to search for some more kinds of nibs maybe in online stores. Super cheap nib is very tough, it's too hard to make it spread. Also I bought cheap ink and not so cheap ink. Expensive one is much much better. And I made experiments with paper: I practice on cheap printer paper and results are very poor: it suck an ink very fast and there are not so much difference in line width: impossible to draw hairline. And I also practice on watercolor paper: it was so much better. So my advice: don't use super cheap materials even for practicing.

Here my sheets, they almost all on watercolor paper.

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Here at the middle is practicing with my flat nibs with different sizes.

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And this is printer paper:

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A beautiful copy of beautiful example:

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And practicing alphavet:

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I need more practice, but I'm pretty happy with my results. It's so funny! And so beautiful. I should ask all my friends if they need something to write! (and I need to draw russian alphabet)

Part 3. Final.

I had a lot of practice with my phrase, trying to make it look balanced and also I made experiments with backgrounds and different paper. I decided to use red ink because my phrase associates for me with vampires. But I also used black one with different backgrounds.
Here the photo to show you how crazy I were: I written the same phrase basically in the same way such a many times...))

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I realized that to reach good result I must keep balance between chaotic elements and alignment and slant. In my latest steps I draw all lines: base lines, lines for height of small letters and slant lines (but it was hard to follow them anyway). Here's one of my pencil sketches:

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And here another my attempts:

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As you can see I decided to go on with longer version of my phrase to get more space for experiments with balance. Once I realized that I can make a frame in a shape of a heart and I like this idea.
I have few favorites and I scanned 3 of them as a final. I think that the last one is the best but I'm not sure.

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With such a long practice time i became much more confident and has learned a lot of things. So that's true: practice means a lot. I bought some beautiful paper and now I gonna write beautiful letter to my friend and mail it!

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