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What Type of Font and Color should we Use to Express? Introducing Iro-moji (colored calligraphy) Piece “Cloud”


Hello! I am a KARAKURIJAPAN writer Yonosuke! This time, I’m introducing an iro-moji calligraphy work piece!

The person demonstrating today is a familiar face at KARAKURIJAPAN, iro-moji calligrapher Mr. Ken Nishimoto!

The character that Mr. Nishimoto will be demonstrating today is the “cloud”. In Japanese cloud is said “kumo”.

How will the piece turn out!?


The Character “Cloud” Expressed through Iro-Moji Calligraphy




Iro-moji calligrapher, Mr. Nishimoto uses a variety of fonts and colors in his work every time!

Not one production has the same font or color. Each of his work has completely different expressions.


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It has its own unique beauty compared to the original calligraphy.  The work that Mr. Nishimoto designs are excellent every time!


Explanation of “Cloud” by Mr. Nishimoto.


So this time, what kind of image did Mr. Nishimoto have in mind when designing the “cloud?”

Let’s start by looking at Mr. Nishimoto’s explanation.


Water vapor and water of the sea

goes up to the sky and becomes masses.

That’s how clouds are made.


When a cloud can’t hold water any more,

it starts raining.


Like that, water goes up and down,

becomes masses and stays in the air,

and I expressed this atmosphere.


I see. This definitely seems like a product that can only be expressed through iro-moji calligraphy.

Now! I wonder what the result piece looks like!?


“Cloud” Designed by Iro-moji Calligrapher, Mr. Nishimoto


I will be introducing Mr. Nishimoto’s “cloud.” You can see his work here, but watching the video will allow you to further examine how it’s drawn in detail.  Please watch the video together!


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▲First, water is used to write a draft. This draft will be the base of the product. We get a sense of “fluffy” from the font, maybe because from the image of a cloud.


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▲The first color painted is green. The green color nicely spreads through the base water. It is this moment that’s really beautiful.


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▲Mr. Nishimoto continues to add many more colors. This time, we get the impression that he is using many bright colors. I look forward to the end product.

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▲It seems like Mr. Nishimoto is adding dots. Is this him expressing the rain falling from the clouds? Interesting! This expression can not be seen in the original calligraphy!


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▲Color is also added to the rain falling from the cloud and a colorful product is complete! Very beautiful!

It’s like art rather than calligraphy! It’s like examining a painting!

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Mr. Nishimoto utilizes a variety of fonts and colors in his work every time. As always, a fabulous piece was also produced! Thank you, Mr. Nishimoto!


Like this, iro-moji calligraphy can create various expressions through colors and fonts. Furthermore, identical pieces cannot be drawn again. And of course, there’s no correct answer.

Why don’t you try creating your own exclusive piece that only you can make!?

Please challenge yourself to iro-moji calligraphy.

>>watch other works of iro-moji

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