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September 4, 2008
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Jewish art

Final (one of) work of Calligraphy semestrial course I took in Bar Illan University.

In this course we have studied different styles of Hebrew fonts, 6 styles.

This one, in the form of which words are drawn, named: "כתב סת"ם" ('Stam' font)
The word is actually abbreviate of three words: "ספר תורה" - the old testament (Torah), "תפילין" - prayers book (T'filin) [link] , "מזוזות" - doorposts (mezuzot)[link] . Those words mean that those things are being written by this font, and additionally to the mentioned types also are written the five Megilot [link]

More about this font you can read in Hebrew link: [link] . (I was too lazy to work harder and find an English version) :P

I have written a word "שמחה" (Simha), which means Joy; how do I see it, understand and feel. (this choice is unusual and not traditional, as I think...)

I wanted to be original, almost all the rest have written a word: "מזרח" (mizrah), which means east.
I don't want to go into a long discussion of why they have chosen that word, those who would be interested can ask me individually by a comment or note. (I prefer comment)

I hope you like it, and that it makes you smile as well. :)

The idea is mine, design is mine, the art is mine.
(C) to myself.

Date: 9.04.2008
Media: pencil, eraser, black tush (marker?), scanner, windows picture viewer for contrast adjustments, photoshop 7 for cleanups.

Edit: my translation was not exact so I changed that from "happiness" to "joy". Thanks Street. :)
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Gooseforever Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. My name is Simcha!!
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Well thank you!
You have a beautiful name. ;)
Ambalth Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
definitely, you will be in my watchs eh
One question:
Where can I find a canon for hebrew calligraphy?
I don't know the canon and... well, my style isn't realy good and I want to be better...
Thank you and see you...
Pd:Really, you gone to watchs...
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Student General Artist
Heh, thanks!
Well, I am not sure what you mean by "canon", but I found something, you might use:

Links from Wikipedi: The first one is Hebrew article about "Stam" writing, but there is also a picture of the Hebrew Alfa-beit in that style: [link] (I hope it leads correctly to the page because DA have problems with Hebrew encoding)
The second link is in English short translated article, they've got another picture too, and you can come to the Hebrew one via list of languages on the right side of the page: [link]

Make sure to check the "scripts" in the bottom of this article.

And I found a link to this gallery of Jewish calligraphy, no worries all the informative text is in English: [link]
Enjoy! :)

Well, I hope that helped you a bit. ;)

See ya.
Ambalth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok, thank you!!!!!!!!!
Definitelly I'm not hebrew or arabian, I would really liked to be one eh XD
thanks for the pages!!!
See you...
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Student General Artist
You are welcome :)
I am not sure why would you like to be Jewish or an Arab. I think being Irish is pretty cool as itself.
But you are not necessarily have to be one, if you want to know the language, you could take some curses and learn a new language.
Ambalth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not irish owoU
I'm Mexican..
That's the problem...
In my country haven't really a sense of culture, every one must learn by him/her-self if he/she can..
In here, I wasn't found a class of arabian or hebrew, less calligraphy...
really it's a problem because there is only money to live (so far)...
Really I wish to learn various languages and calligraphic styles, but, really in here is very, very hard to do it...
Well, thanks for response..
See you...
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Ow, I did not know in Mexico it was so difficult!
But I believe that, a person who wants to learn, will prevail in doing so.
I wish you success. :hug:
You are welcome :)

If you'll need some other links I might provide you with, just ask and I'll try to help you out. ;)
Ambalth Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much...
And yes, in mexico is very, very hard to find any information of this type if it isn't by internet...
I repeat, thank you and wa can continue in contact...
See you...
Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student General Artist
You are very welcome, and I would be happy to stay in touch. :)
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