English Brush Calligraphy

By controlling the concentration of ink, texture of paper, and the type of brush, the artist can create a wide variety of brush calligraphy styles. Below you'll find some of these brush styles for your inspiration and reference.

Style I: Traditional

Words: Queen, King

VEC-Queen

Queen

VEC-Queen

Queen

VEC-King

King

VEC-King

King


Style II: Bold

Words: Well, Done

VEC-Well

Well

VEC-Well

Well

VEC-Done

Done

VEC-Done

Done


Style III: Flat

Words: Yard, Sale

VEC-Yard

Yard

VEC-Yard-2

Yard

VEC-Sale

Sale

VEC-Sale

Sale


Style IV: Cursive

Words: Cultural, Life

VEC-Cultural

Cultural

VEC-Cultural

Cultural

VEC-Life

Life

VEC-Life

Life


Love Makes the World Go Round

Brush calligraphy is a fantastic way to showcase short English sayings in an artistic manner. This work was created in 2015 with a medium sized calligraphy brush, using the traditional style of VEC.


Leaves on Car Hood, Lost Dog Flyer Beneath Wiper

VEC brush calligraphy is also suitable for works of poetry, such as this haiku by Scott Reid. The options are truly limitless!


Declaration of Independence

Vertical English brush calligraphy works for longer works of writing too! This work, created in 2011, shows a 36-word excerpt from the Declaration of Independence. VEC's can truly be created for all English words, complex or simple.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” (From the Declaration of Independence).


"I Have a Dream"

Here's another example of VEC used for longer works of English. This 51-word excerpt is from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. This work was created in 2010.

“I have a dream that one day, every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” (From Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream").


Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This work shows an older style of VEC brush calligraphy, created in 2006.

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” (From The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article I).

* All works on this page were created by Dr. Yongsheng Zhao.