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Square Kufic Calligraphy: الحمد لله, pt. II

In this post, we’re going to draw the words الحمد لله, but we’re going to take a differet approach from the one we took in the previous post and use two baselines instead of one.


Copy and paste the word لله that we already have onto a new document, just as we did in the previous post:



Now we’re going to drop down and create a new baseline starting four squares below the word لله. This is because the word حمد is all three squares in height. The challenge here is to find a solution for the ا and ل at the beginning of the word.


The best thing to do is to start from the left, with the د, and work backwards to the ح:



This creates space for two vertical lines above the ح:



We can draw two lines, leaving the one on the right disconnected, making it the ا, and connecting the one on the left to the ح, making it the ل:



Another solution is to turn the ح sideways and extend it so that it fills the vertical space:



This is a common variation of the ح: elongating it to fill the available space.


We can then draw the ا and ل at the top, which creates the effect of wrapping the word الحمد around لله:



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