Chinese Writing and Calligraphy (A Latitude 20 Book) by Wendan Li

By Wendan Li

Suitable for school and highschool scholars and people studying on their lonesome, this totally illustrated coursebook presents accomplished guideline within the historical past and useful ideas of chinese language calligraphy. No earlier wisdom of the language is needed to stick to the textual content or whole the lessons.

The paintings covers 3 significant parts: 1) descriptions of chinese language characters and their parts, together with stroke varieties, format styles, and symptoms of sound and which means; 2) simple brush ideas; and three) the social, cultural, historic, and philosophical underpinnings of chinese language calligraphy―all of that are an important to realizing and appreciating this artwork form.

Students perform brush writing as they development from tracing to copying to free-hand writing. version characters are marked to point that means and stroke order, and recognized version words are proven in a variety of script kinds, permitting scholars to perform assorted calligraphic kinds. newbies will locate the author’s suggestion on find out how to keep away from universal pitfalls in writing brush strokes valuable.

Chinese Writing and Calligraphy could be welcomed through either scholars and teachers short of an obtainable textual content on studying the basics of the artwork of writing chinese language characters.

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The harder you press, the wider the line. Because calligraphy brushes are so flexible, pressure control is the most important and yet difficult skill to master. The harder you press down, the more difficult it becomes for the brush to maintain its original resilient strength. Once a tuft of hairs is distorted, it needs to be fixed on the ink stone to regain its elastic power. Speed The speed of the brush, another important concern, is determined by a number of factors: the script that is chosen, the thickness of the desired strokes, and the amount of ink in the brush.

The size of the brush one should use depends on the size of the characters to be written. 5 inches long are appropriate. If you plan to produce calligraphy pieces with inscriptions (written in characters smaller than those in the main text), you may want to have a smaller brush as well. Chinese writing brushes have four important qualities. Fineness. For maximum precision, the tip of the brush should be able to form a fine point that is extremely sensitive and pliable. Evenness. The Chinese writing brush has a unique structure in which the long hairs at the core serve as the spine and those of the outside layer are of the same length.

It is a surface on which an ink stick can be ground into ink, a container for holding ink, a paperweight, a decorative piece of art in itself, and, depending on its quality and design, a collector’s item. 3). Ink stones (or ink slabs) are typically made of a fine, dark, solid natural stone that is flat and smooth, with a hollowed-out portion to hold ink. They come in all sizes—the biggest have to be carried by several people! Calligraphers and painters whose work requires large quantities of ink and those who grind their own ink usually use large ink stones; the ones for ordinary uses are four to eight inches in size.

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