Check Out This 3D Calligraphy that Leaps Off the Page

By on May 24, 2016 in Inspiration
Check Out This 3D Calligraphy that Leaps Off the Page

If drawing is a skill, then drawing something that can look like it's leaping off the page in three dimensions is an art form — one that not many people have mastered. Tolga Girgin, an electrical engineer and graphic designer based in Turkey, makes these beautiful works of art out of pen and paper. And, better yet, they appear to leap off the page.

“My wife Zeynep encouraged me to start calligraphy,” Girgin told Calligraphy Masters in an interview last year. “She likes my handwriting and wanted me to share them on the web. A short word is very easy for me, about 20 minutes. But if I want to do it on two pieces of paper, or a sentence, I have to make some calculations, so it takes up to 2 or 3 hours sometimes.”

A photo posted by Tolga Girgin (@tolgagirgin99) on Nov 26, 2015 at 1:14pm PST

A photo posted by Tolga Girgin (@tolgagirgin99) on Jan 29, 2016 at 10:32am PST

I know intellectually that making text look like it's 3D is a matter of perspective; that's basic. But it's how he does that so realistically that amazes me, and frankly, makes me want to go buy a few dozen calligraphy pens and some nice paper just so I can lose a few days (or years, more likely) trying to reproduce something this cool.

A photo posted by Tolga Girgin (@tolgagirgin99) on Dec 10, 2015 at 12:50pm PST

A photo posted by Tolga Girgin (@tolgagirgin99) on Nov 17, 2015 at 4:30am PST

A photo posted by Tolga Girgin (@tolgagirgin99) on Nov 10, 2015 at 1:27pm PST

A photo posted by Tolga Girgin (@tolgagirgin99) on Oct 6, 2015 at 12:44pm PDT

A photo posted by Tolga Girgin (@tolgagirgin99) on Aug 25, 2015 at 10:13am PDT

A photo posted by Tolga Girgin (@tolgagirgin99) on Aug 15, 2015 at 4:02am PDT

A photo posted by Tolga Girgin (@tolgagirgin99) on Sep 5, 2015 at 12:53am PDT

A photo posted by Tolga Girgin (@tolgagirgin99) on Jul 12, 2015 at 2:10am PDT

Or, alternatively, I could just enjoy looking at her work. Maybe I should just do that.

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Kevin Whipps is a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he's not working on one of the many writing projects in his queue, he's designing stickers with his wife at Whipps Sticker Co.

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