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Calligram in your Soul by Vic-Perfecto Calligram in your Soul by Vic-Perfecto
I'm taking this little darlin' to school to submit today, but before I do, I wanted to scan it and share it, since I'm pretty proud of it. Also, because it's been a damn long time since I uploaded anything. This is a calligram using lyrics from one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands, "Birdhouse in Your Soul," by They Might Be Giants. A calligram, if I can loosely and haphazardly define it, is an image made with words and letters. In my Lettering & Typography class, the assignment was to create an image with either poetry or song lyrics, and after banging my head around songs that were too abstract (like ELO's "Twilight"), it all came together when I went back to sweet lovin' TMBG. It's partially influenced by a bird calligram written in Islamic. My lettering is kind of ass, I know, but I'm reaally happy with the way it all came together.

The ink is cyan darkened with a couple of drops of black, and its done with a calligraphy nib no. 3, a "spoon" nib, and a little brushwork in the tail/M.

Birdhouse In Your Soul lyrics Copyright 1990, They Might Be Giants.
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GPeppers Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Nice, thanks for sharing.
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BumbleB63 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
everyone tells me I am to young to know about this band but they are one of my favorites!
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BiancaChocolat Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
But it isn t anything new, Guillaume Apollinaire started with those kinds of calligrams, he has a book, which is called "Calligrams".

But anyway this one is really impressive, big wow!
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BiancaChocolat Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Eoghan: But itīs not new, Apollinaire started with those kind of calligrams, he has whole book, which is called "Calligrams" so....

But anyway, this one is awesome, big wow!
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Hayley-K Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful... I want it as a tattoo on my life! You have mad skills :)
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Vigilo Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student Writer
I love this! I especially like how the 'y' forms the bird's eye. And the tail - 'F' of Fake - is brilliant. Lovely! :heart:
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BumbleB63 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
not to nag but the tail is an M

"Make a little bird house in your soul..."
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Writer
Oh, I completely missed that! Not at all, thanks for pointing it out to me, that makes this even better. :heart:
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BumbleB63 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
^.^
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swampmarsh Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha, I'm listening to that right now! This is awesome! :+fav:
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BlueStar225 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL I LOVE DRAWING LIKE THIS!
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druideye Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured in my journal: [link]
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Vic-Perfecto Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Wow. Thanks for the featch! I'm flattered.
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gatomonkey8765 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Student Writer
So, this is definitely one of the coolest things I've ever seen in all of my years of existing.
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Vic-Perfecto Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
High praise, there. Thanks!

(Your "most favorites" gallery, huh? Coolbeans.)
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ForeverinMoonlight Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
This is lovely. :clap: Neat idea, too. :)
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EoghanSandberg Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Wow! Really, wow! I first thought this was an Arabic calligram, but seeing it was in English really surprised me - you managed to integrate two different traditions into something new and amazing. Beautiful!
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Vic-Perfecto Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Aw, thanks! People really seem to like this ol' bird of mine. I appreciate the kind words.
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EoghanSandberg Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
You're welcome, it's an amazing piece of art :D
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InspectorZenigata Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
this is beyond amazing.. i love it so
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Vic-Perfecto Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Thanks alot! It's good to know that Tokyo PD's finest detective approves. ::smirk::
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phishbon3s Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't even begin to discribe this picture's beauty. Just . . . wow.

Love the song, too.
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Vic-Perfecto Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
Hey, there. Thanks for the kind words! People really seem to dig this piece. And it IS a helluva song, isn't it?
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phishbon3s Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I freakin' adore that song, the band, the music video! I'm just sad the band didn't perform it when I got to go to the concert 2 yrs ago.

Back to your piece. You are welcome. I bow before the talent you have. Again, just ... WOW! That kind of art is beyond my grasp to do or even attempt. I'm jealous!

And DAMN STRAIGHT people dig it! It deserves to be dug! :+favlove:
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you put my TMBG birds to shame =O

I love it! :D
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Brightside17 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007   Writer
This is awesome- great job on the calligraphy; I like the details int he words that make up the branch. Awesome song too.
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SiriuslyBright33 Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
wow! very nice!

excellent colors too!
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kiwia90 Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
WHOAH! that's AMAZING! :+fav:
great calligraphy skills.
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Hanayame Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Student General Artist
Yeah, being half Pakistani, I've noticed that much of Islamic art is based off the arabesque style that incorporates words and geometric shapes with normal art. Pretty cool stuff. And I really like what you've got going in this one. The word that comes to mind when I look at this is "melodic." And though I haven't heard the song, that's just the whole vibe I'm getting from this piece of art, the songbird vibe. Great work, :+fav:. :)
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Vic-Perfecto Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
Thanks for the kind words, Hannah! I especially appreciate the cultural info there. I guess "melodic" was what I was going for, so coolsville. If you wanna hear the song, here's the music video for it. It's one of my all time faves.

[link]
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Hanayame Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Student General Artist
Groovy song! And the guitarist in there is playing a Rickenbacker! I love those guitars!
For some reason the lead singer reminds me a little of David Bowie... which is kind of strange seeing how he sounds nothing like him. Oh well. My mind will be my mind. :XD:
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Great idea, and nice work!
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jay6cee6 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2006
i agree. it does come together very well. true that your lettering could be more solid but you have to back off to apreciate the form of the piece anyway.
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Krakenface Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006   Traditional Artist
Hehe, cool. I already telled you that I likes it. :D
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Vic-Perfecto Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006
That you did. Like the song says, "not to put too fine a point on it" :sing:
Still, I likes words in the comment box, so hey, for postierity, yah?
Danke!
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