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Title : Chinese Calligraphy Tutorial｜The Eight Basic Chinese Strokes
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I have been practicing this for the past couple of days, so I'm gonna leave some time stamps for easy rewind, and some tips as well. I will update as I go.
1:52 First stroke
2:07 Second stroke
(1) The second stroke starts like the first, so once you master how to make the first one, you will be able to do the beginning of the second one.
(2) I recommend putting the video on the lowest speed so you can see how she works with the brush, because based on what I know about regular painting & observing calligraphy in general, you gotta let the brush do the work for you. You don't draw the lines, you use the very own shape of the brush in your favor. Your hand just guides it, never forcing the brush down, but applying some slight pressure just to make sure the bristles are sitting in the right position to form the shape you want.
(3) The lighter you keep your hand — as with all brushes, to be honest — the easier it gets to control, and your hand won't shake. Your hand shakes because you are trying to control your strength, when you don't have to use any.
(4) If the stroke is thick, then you press the brush down more. The bristles should be almost laying down. If the stroke gets thin, keep your hand light. To transition from thick to thin, you just gotta release the pressure on the brush slowly and it will naturally go from one to the other.
(5) Also, it escaped me at first but she actually drew arrows to show how you should "walk" with your brush. If you follow the arrow for each shape, you will achieve the stroke form more easily.
(6) Pay attention to show she describes each stroke because that's helpful as well. For example, on the second one, she talks about riding a horse and pulling the reins. When you are riding a horse, think about how you do that. It has a bit more of action, almost suddenly, right? Thinking about the examples she gives helps you figure out how to work with the brush as well, which makes it easier to achieve the shapes.
(7) If you don't have Chinese ink, you can use gouache, maybe watercolor too since both types of paint make use of water. Just make sure the color is more concentrated (unless you want transparency for vibes? lol). If you choose to use these, notice how much ink your brush carries too. If it is too much, the stroke will bleed. If it is too dry, the brush won't slide properly.
Since this is just for practice, it doesn't hurt. But using the proper brush, ink and paper gives different results. However, if you master it with low grade supplies, you can use anything.
/edit: Some more tips >>>
(8) Google how to hold a calligraphy brush (specific for Chinese, of course), so you get the flow when writing down the characters. Basically, for small writing, you use your wrist as a support, medium writing, you gotta use your other arm, and larger writings, you use your whole arm when moving the brush. There is also a specific way to hold the brush, and it makes a lot of difference. You will find your struggle with strength and precision will be gone with it.
I think these are basically all the tips. I have been practicing for two weeks, and I got down all the brush strokes. Now it is a matter of working with proper space & sizing when writing the characters.
Hope it helps!
PS.: Thank you so much for the awesome video!
Hello Shu Fa. The Chinese flute creates a traditional soundtrack, characters are clearly explained, but presentation is poor; the text changes too quickly, the Chinese text in white are too small. Having to keep pausing to read spoils the musical atmosphere. No offence is intended. My brush is wolf hair, the pen bamboo.
Umm i have been watching YouTube for a long time and i have been studying the channels and the tactics they use to earn more subscribers so i will give u a tip.umm what ever u do make sure u don't make the music too loud in this vid i could barely what u where saying and i think it is as a result of loud music although the music was lovely,it was very loud and we couldn't what u where saying so theres a tip for u.lovley video keep it up!😃
Your effort in making this video needs more attention! Such a masterpiece 😭 I Cant believe not much people subscribing.! 😤
Anyway I'm subscribing and no one can stop me.
Thank-you for this video though! I was just starting learning calligraphy and this helps a lot!