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Ilya Bogdesko
1923—2010

Ilya  Bogdesko<br>1923—2010

Ilya Bogdesko
1923—2010

St.Petersburg, Russia

Calligrapher-artist, People’s artist of the USSR, professor

Art of Calligraphy

Nature often gives people an ability to experience the finer things. Some of them from childhood strive for music, others – for painting, ballet or architecture. But there are people who are inspired by a special sense, by sense of a fine letter. Calligraphy becomes a dream for them.

What does calligraphy mean? This word comes from the Greek language (“callos” meaning beauty and “grapho” meaning I am writing). Nowadays calligraphy is the art of making beautiful and elegant handwriting.

Calligraphy is a very ancient part of human history. Together with written language it has been improved for years. It is characterized by the constant aspiration for beauty. We perceive the sense of calligraphy, its aesthetic charm with especial trembling and awe. It is an invaluable heritage, the only professional school for those who are not indifferent to calligraphy, who want to improve their skills in this sphere throughout their whole life.

They say that if one wants to get good results in any kind of art he/she has to be gifted. Of course this will not harm their chances. But who can say from the very beginning that one has this talent? The most important thing is desire. If calligraphy attracts you, try to do your best and you will certainly find the talent which is sure to be on the other side of great labour.

Equipment

Working place

Calligraphy demands concentration, comfort and silence. It is good to have your own table somewhere near a window with the appropriate day- and evening-light. There should be enough space on the table for your writing-materials: plane-table and desk 50×70 cm, tools and paper. It is better to have a desk with a changeable inclination. You will also need one rough sheet of paper in order not to soil the original text with an accidental blot.

Paper

For calligraphic works smooth glossy paper is usually used. On such paper a wide-foot pen leaves more elegant, beautiful, and clear strokes.

Good paper inspires an artist. We would like to bring your attention to the fact that in calligraphy before drawing the first letter you should look at the whole sheet of paper appreciating not only its physical characteristics but as a graphic surface as well. First imagine what you are going to write on it, think about where to write the future elements, how the blank margins will help to express the sense of future images.

Ink

Chinese ink is known to be the best. It looks like a little bar. It is ground to powder on a special stone or on frosted glass adding some distilled water. This ink trickles down from the pen well and has a nice rich tone. Ink from bottles must be diluted with water, or because of its stiffness you risk getting rude ugly letters. From time to time shake the bottle with ink. In many shops you can find special calligraphic colour ink. It easily flows down from the pen and has nice tints.

For beginners I have a piece of advice: try to prepare ink yourselves using soot, barks, rinds of walnut and pomegranate, etc. Sometimes you will get such unexpected and tender colours which you will never find on sale.

Wide-Tip Pens

In the picture you see different kinds of wide-tip pens, a double pencil and a peaked pen. The first pens are produced by foreign companies as complete sets, with different widths of the writing part. The width varies from 0,5 mm to 5 mm and more. Do not despair if you have not got manufacturing pens. Instead of them you may use pens made from reed or from feathers.

After all if you do not have a good pen you may even use a wooden chip of which you can make a tool imitating a real pen.

作者的作品

Amat victoria curam (Victory favors those who take pains)

Paper, ink, pen, 2003-2004

Sapere aude (Dare to be wise)

Paper, ink, 30x21 cm, 2002

Dimidium facti, qui coepit facit (He who has begun has the work half done)

Paper, ink, 24x26 cm, 2002

Laboremus (Let us work)

Paper, ink, 17,5x10 cm, 2002

Rustika

Paper, ink, pen, 25x20 cm, 2003–2004

Rustica - cyrillic

Calligraphy on black

Paper, ink, broad-nib pen, 21х29 cm, before 2004

Slavic paper

Paper, ink, pen, 30x17 cm, 2001

Initial К italics rotate

Two initial BC

Paper, ink, broad-nib pin, 21х29 cm, before 2004

Non scholae sed vitae discimus (We learn, not for school, but for life)

Paper, ink, broad-nib pen, 29x21cm, before 2004

Calligraphy torshon

Paper, ink, broad-nib pen, 29x21 cm, before 2004

Calligraphy

Black paper, white ink, 28x23 cm, 2001

Calligraphy

Сursive writing, broad-nib pens, ink, 39x29 cm

Calligraphy (book)

AGAT Publishers St. Petersburg, 21x28 cm, 2006

Amazing uncial

Paper, ink, 42x31cm, 2008

Headpiece

Etching, 28x39 cm, 1991

“The Purse a'Tuppence” (book)

Literature Artistique Publishers, Chișinău, 50000 copies, 15x23 cm, 1977

Sheet “Meşterul Manole”

Title page, broad-nib pens, Italics, 27x37 cm

Sheet “Н”

Calligraphic monogram, Chinese ink, broad-nib metal pen, 15x19 cm

Sheet “But Don Quixote only regarded it…”

Black ink, red gouache, broad-nib pens, 28x39 cm

Sheet 5

Black ink, red gouache, broad-nib pens, 24x34 cm

Sheet 56

Black ink, red gouache, broad-nib pens, 25x35 cm

Page spread of the “Don Quixote” book (“In the second part of this story...”)

Picture – etching, text – Italics, broad-nib metal pen, 59x36 cm

Page spread of the “Don Quixote” book (“They lifted Don Quixote from the ground and...”)

Picture – etching, text – Italics, broad-nib metal pen, 50x36 cm

Page spread of the “The Praise of Folly” book (“Much less obliged to...”)

Picture – etching, text – broad-nib pen, black ink, red gouache, type – humanistic Italics, 36x31 cm

Page spread of the “The Praise of Folly” book (“Others looking in the coffin...”)

Picture – etching, text – broad-nib pen, black ink, red gouache, author’s stylized Gothic, 31x26 cm

Page spread of the “The Praise of Folly” book (“But the most foolish and wicked are…”)

Picture – etching, text – broad-nib pen, black ink, red gouache, type – humanistic Italics, 32x28 cm

Page spread of the “The Praise of Folly” book (cover)

Picture – etching, text – broad-nib pen, black ink, red gouache, author’s interpretation of Gothic script, 32x28 cm

Pages from “The Purse a'Tuppence” (“Once there was an old woman and an old man”)

Black ink, red gouache, broad-nib pen, author’s interpretation of Half-uncial Cyrillic book hand, pen drawing, 34x27 cm

Pages from “The Purse a'Tuppence”

Black ink, red gouache, broad-nib pen, author’s interpretation of Half-uncial Cyrillic book hand, 35x27 cm

Pages from “The Purse a'Tuppence” (“Cock-a-doodle-doo!”)

Black ink, red gouache, broad-nib pen, author’s interpretation of Half-uncial Cyrillic book hand and Cursive handwriting, nib drawing, 34x28 cm

Literature

Font composition, broad-nib and sharp-pointed nib pens, 30x23 cm

Meşterul Manole (book)

PH Literature Artistique, Kishinev, 21x29 cm, 1986

Michelangelo

Black paper, white gouache, broad-nib pens, words “…and shall rise against evil, overcoming all doubt and pain ”, 31x17 cm

Sketch. Easel graphics. Monumental art

Black paper, white gouache, broad-nib pens, ready for print (ink finishing), 29x34 cm

Yny-i moldovian

Photocopy. Original: broad-nib and sharp-pointed nib pens, composition of Old Russian fonts, words in Moldavian, 19x26 cm

Font

Cursive handwriting, broad-nib pens, ink, ready for print (white gouache finishing), 31x22 cm

Font composition

Broad-nib pens, black paper, white gouache, ready for print (black ink and white gouache finishing), offset process, 39x27 cm, 1984

Font composition 2

Broad-nib pens, black paper, white gouache, ready for printing (finishing in black ink and white gouache), 28,5x40,2 cm, 1983

Fonts

Composition of old Russian fonts, ink, broad-nib pens, 29x43 cm, 1984
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