Square Kufic Calligraphy: الحمد لله, pt. I

In the previous post, we worked on drawing a single word: الله. In this post, we’re going to expand on this word and draw the words الحمد لله.

We’re going to start with the word we have already constructed. Copy and paste it onto a new document, minus the ا at the beginning of the word:

This word will dictate the height of our new piece.

Draw the word الحمد with the same height. Refer back to the table with the letter shapes if you need to.

We now have space at the top that we need to fill. One way to do this is to turn the ل and expand it sideways:

This is a common variation of the ل, used to fill space above adjacent letters that are shorter.

Another solution is to expand the ل sideways up to the م, then expand the د vertically, as such:

This is a common variation of the د.

We can also expand only the tip of the د, and fill the rest of the space with the ل:

This is another common variation of the د.

As you can see, despite its rigidity, Square Kufic calligraphy allows us to make creative decisions based on personal preference.

A final note: Remember that in Square Kufic calligraphy, the empty space needs to be equal in size throughout the piece. Notice that the space between the words is exactly the same size as the space between the letters.

In the next post, we’re going to take a different approach to drawing الحمد لله — one that uses two baselines rather than just one.

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