Stunning Ink Illustrations by JungShan

Wonderful paintings by Taipei-based illustrator JungShan. Combining Eastern style with Western techniques to produce her expressive images, JungShan works primarily with Chinese ink, accentuating certain aspects with digital pens and brushes in Photoshop. Her strong portraits often feature warriors and samurais in motion, while employing a style similar to calligraphy painting.


Visit JungShan’s Blog to discover more illustrations, learn about her creative process as well as download free ink textures.

Via Looks like good design. 

Contemporary Design and Calligraphy from the ArabWorld and Iran

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showcases contemporary work by young designers from the Arab world and Iran. Combining Arab type, calligraphy and modern graphic design, the presented artwork expresses the increasing cultural emancipation and modernization of the Middle East.

Supplemental texts and interviews by the editors Ben Wittner and Sascha Thoma from design studio Eps51 give background information and describe the environments in which the featured designers and artists work.


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Sculpting from Liquid Motion – High Speed Photography of Flying Ink and Water by Shinichi Maruyama

In his Kusho series, which means “writing in the sky”, Japanese artist Shinichi Maruyama lets black ink collide with water and photographs the millisecond before they merge into gray. The split-second timing necessary to photograph these pictures is made possible by recent advances in strobe light technology, allowing him to capture the movement at 7,500th of a second.


Inspired by his own experiences with Japanese Calligraphy (Shodo) as a young student, Maruyama is fascinated by the ephemeral uniqueness of each stroke:

Once your brush touches paper, you must finish the character, you have one chance. It can never be repeated or duplicated. You must commit your full attention and being to each stroke. Liquids, like ink, are elusive by nature. As sumi ink finds its own path through the paper grain, liquid finds its unique path as it moves through air.

Speaking of Calligraphy, the first picture in the series is a beautiful version of the Japanese symbol “ensō“. Literally meaning “circle”, ensō is a concept strongly associated with Zen. It symbolizes the infinity and represents the infinite void, the ‘no-thing’, the perfect meditative state and Satori (enlightenment).

The water sculpture series is another demonstration of high speed photography by Shinichi Maruyama to capture the perfect form of liquid motion.



At present, Shinichi Maruyama works and lives in New York. You can see more of his artwork at

Arabic Typography by Muiz Anwar

Here are some nice artworks based on a new Arabic typeface designed at Font Shop International headquarters in Berlin by Muiz Anwar. Muiz Anwar, born and raised in Manchester, UK, started to explore the arabic roots only after the events of 09/11 (to read the full story about the background of his work, check out the Q&A with him by Ibraheem Youssef). 


Unfortunately, I couln’t find any evidence if the typeface is already finished or still under development. If you know more about it, please let me know. 

Script Font “Californya”

Californya by Germán Olaya is the first script font family I’ve seen that convincingly looks like handwritten calligraphy rather than computer-generated typeface.


Californya is based on several manuscripts from 16th century, and completely reinterpreted with a vast series of characters drawn by hand. Each character is full of rich details, capturing the expression and style of a true calligraphy.

Californya exists in 3 different versions as well as a series of ornaments, ligatures and ink swashes.

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