If I had known there was such a thing as Islamic Calligraphy, I would never have started to paint. I have strived to reach the highest levels of artistic mastery, but I found that Islamic Calligraphy was there ages before I was. — Pablo Picasso
I agree, the most difficult part is finding a teacher. However that shouldn’t stop you from learning. Self learning is possible and in many cases, it has proved that it can be effective. As the time passes and your level starts to pick up and improves more and more, you will need to find a skilled teacher. For the time being you can rely on YouTube tutorials. You need to focus on the way a letter is written in terms of pens’ angle, hand movement and overall letter shape. Also, looking at famous calligraphy masterpieces really helps. The more you look at those masterpieces the more your internal memory gets stronger and the correct shape of the letter will be engraved in your memory forever. Below are great Ottoman and Turkish calligraphers for inspiration, they are my personal role models;
1) حامد الامدي
2) مصطفى حليم
3) محمد شوقي
4) داود بكتاش
Another important point is practicing. You MUST never stop practicing. The more you practice the better you will get. This is proven. Take my word for it. Wish you all the best! :)
Thank you! I do sometimes write poetry but not as often as Quran verses. Please do share If you have something in mind :)
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W/Salam. There is a famous artwork by Turkish calligraphy master Ferhat Korlo of exactly the same words. Here is a photo, hope this helps!