Failure and Determination

This weekend, I thought I should work on my calligraphy. I have never worked on a bigger calligraphic piece. So, I chose Rabindranath Tagore's poem from Gitanjali. I bought a Carmine red paper and Marvy Uchida Decocolor 2mm metallic (silver & gold) calligraphy pens.

I knew it would be a daunting task because unlike lettering, there's no turning back in calligraphy.  I began with the drop-cap of W. It came out well but for a 2mm pen, I set the x-height a bit too much.  

Drop-cap with leaves.

Drop-cap with leaves.

Mid-way, the pen started giving troubles. I guess the ink was drying up. The nib wasn't giving a uniform stroke. I had to rewrite twice the same letter. I was cursing the pen and in that commotion, I mis-spelt 'stretches' as strethes. I wanted to give up as the letters weren't following a line.

Stretches and not strethes! 

Stretches and not strethes! 

But, then I took a break on Saturday night. I thought I shouldn't leave it unfinished. On Sunday, I went to get a new pen. I finished the piece. Cut a small piece of the paper, stuck it on to 'strethes' and corrected it to 'stretches'. Here's the final piece.

Final piece. Be inspired!

Final piece. Be inspired!

I had to cut three lines from the poem as I didn't have enough space. Also, I took the liberty of changing the ending line to 'let the world awake.' The original reads 'let my country awake.'

I wouldn't call it my best as this is my first time working on a longer piece of calligraphy. But, I learnt it takes a bit of determination when you're working on a calligraphic piece.