Personalized Chinese Red Chop Design

Keith Richardson

Port Melbourne, Australia

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In China, I observed artists signing their work with red ‘chops’, or calligraphic designs, carved into the base of jade rectangular solids, and so resolved to attempt designing one for myself.
Most were enclosed in a box shape, and all consisted of lines that fluctuated in width (withing limits) as though drawn with a calligraphic brush, so both of these characteristics were incorporated. My initials are KCR, so I needed to suggest these without making them overtly obvious. The two remaining spaces seemed to be asking for lines, so I gave them boomerangs to represent my Australian heritage. Finally, the bland red lines were given a 3-D effect with Photoshop’s stylizer controls.
The shape has been saved as a customized path that may be called up whenever needed, such as when I wished to ‘chop’ or stamp completed art-work. Being vector based, the chop should retain its crispness independent of size.

DISCLAIMER: I want to emphasize that these chop designs are inspired by Chinese characters and concepts, but in no way are limited by them. I have used “artistic license”.

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