Basic Principles of Chinese Calligraphy
way to master Chinese calligraphy includes diligent practice, comprehension of
brush principles and calligraphy theories. The theories are derived from
experiences and insights resulting from practice and critical thinking. The principles and theories are
mutually and closely related.
following short introductions cover basic Chinese calligraphy principles in
English and most common pitfalls that we should avoid. (More detailed versions
will be available in the respective Chinese versions.) The principles are
adapted from theories published by ancient masters, books, exchanges, and my
personal understanding. I hope that by sharing these ideas we will be making
progress in the practice of Chinese calligraphy.
More demo videos will be uploaded eventually to explain the principles. It's extremely important to avoid TV, music, and talking while practicing Chinese calligraphy. Please note that due to camera angles, the brush does not seem to be perpendicular to the paper in some of the videos. The whole brush and its hairs should be kept perpendicular to the paper during writing at all times according to the Center Tip Principle & Theory.
Holding A Brush
Brush Operations & Basic Strokes
Center Tip Principle
Brushes for Styles
Choosing Paper, Ink & Ink Stone
Choosing Model Books
Why Retouches of Strokes Are Forbidden?