By Chen Tingyou

Via 18 chapters and 60,000 chinese language characters, chinese language Calligraphy supplies info on subject matters of calligraphy corresponding to its historical past and evolution, the calligraphic strokes for characters, and biographies of favourite calligraphy artists. There also are instructions on basic calligraphy talents. With colour and b&w pictures.

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At the same time, this script tries to minimize the blank spaces between strokes of a chara cter. Other scripts come in this order according to their demands for balance: official script, formal script and running script. The cursive script and the wild cursive The character 三 in official hand. script pay no attention to balance, as they seek only vividness and rhythm. Uneven and not uniform. Like many things in nature, calligraphic characters are written in an uneven and not uniform way in order to display their beauty.

Take the character 三 (three) as an example. The three strokes are of the same length, but in seal hand, the stroke in the middle turns upward at the end. In official script, the two top strokes are of the same length, but the last stroke starts in a shape of the silkworm’s head and ends in a shape of wild goose’s tail. In formal hand, the top stroke has an upturned end, and the stroke in the middle is short while the bottom stroke is thicker. Coherence. All the strokes or the various parts of a character should match each other, so that the coherence of the strokes can make the whole character vigorous, vivid Beauty of Composition and rhythmic.

Ink slabs appeared in the third or fourth century, a�er the use of ink balls and ink sticks. A similar device had emerged Glazed pottery ink slab used by a Tang princess. It was unearthed in Luoyang, Henan Province. Chinese Calligraphy earlier for rubbing dyestuffs or foodstuffs. The earliest rubbing device intact today 42 is some 6,000 years old. There are many ink slabs that date back to the third century, some demonstrating excellent workmanship. There are old ink slabs shaped like a turtle or stringed instrument.

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