Following the principle of "taking the best method", many calligraphy lovers use European style as a model for getting started, but after several years of practice, the effect is very little. How can we avoid this phenomenon?

The standard of European characters is strict, the characters retain the official meaning, and the characters are long. Let’s not talk about these remarkable features and other basic techniques. Let’s talk about a few aspects that are easily overlooked.

(1) pen

 EurostyleThe brushes are mainly square, but during the pre-practice, you should not blindly cut the starting and closing brushes of each stroke, and pursue the edges and corners too much, and pay attention to the combination of squares and circles. If the circle is treated with "rubbing brush", better results will be achieved. "Kneading the pen" - like doing a circular massage on the painful area. Take the horizontal as an example, after a light pause when retracting the brush, gently lift the brush without leaving the paper, and make a circular movement in the direction of returning to the front, and then return to the front to retract the brush. Although the movement is small, it can show the shape of a square with a circle. Others, such as the closing point of the vertical painting, the folding point of the horizontal fold, and the closing point of the vertical hook of the Li, all have a round meaning, and can be used for "kneading the brush".

  Note the subtle thickness changes. first arrivalEurostyle, you can observe the changes in the weight of the strokes, such as horizontal and vertical strokes that are heavy at both ends and light in the middle, etc., but there are many changes when you look closely. For example, hanging down and standing vertically: one is heavy at both ends and light in the middle, and it often acts as a pillar in characters, such as the character "中"; There are multiple long vertical lines, such as "jian" and the left vertical line of "country", etc., and strive to change.

  "The one who observes is more refined, and the one who imitates is more expensive." Only by observing carefully, focusing on details, and writing subtle changes can the strokes come alive.

(2) Gestures

 Some handwriting learners, after writing a stroke, stop to look at one stroke, write another stroke, and "place" each stroke on the paper, losing the internal connection, which means losing the gesture. The so-called "potential" refers to the mutual relationship formed by the strokes in the movement. Only by understanding this relationship can they be harmonious and unified, and the breath will run through. Otherwise, the strokes will become symbols, so the ancients said: "You must first know the potential. , but can be processed". Take the following two points of the word "Qi" as an example, the left point goes out to the upper right, so that the right side can be written next, and the right side has a pen to go down to the left, so that the next word can be written. Another example is "Three Dots of Water". After the first point is closed, it runs to the second point, and the second point also runs to the third point. Down, and after the third point is written, the direction to go is the stroke on the right, so there is a tendency to look up, and the front is also upward with the pen. In addition, in horizontal painting, if the slope is large, the closing brush is heavy, and vice versa, it is light, etc. Here, I will not list them one by one.

 Knowing this, the pitch of the strokes, the weight of the strokes, the direction of the strike, etc. will not be blind, and can be handled flexibly according to the specific situation. The strokes are closely related to the rhythm and rhythm, and each stroke has its speed and slowness, such as slowing down when starting to gather momentum, speeding up strokes, and slowing down when closing and tailing, but it is faster than starting strokes, because it is both The end of one stroke is the beginning of the next stroke, just like this, the speed, severity, and words are repeated. On the premise of using the pen correctly, if each stroke can be echoed and coherent, the characters will have vitality.

(3) knot

 You have to be able to accept it, but you have to let it go.EurostyleIt is true that the middle palace is tight, neat and rigorous, but there must also be "sparse and easy to walk". When practicing, pay attention to the arrangement of proportions and dare to stretch, such as the two characters "Nine" and "Cheng", try to let go , The contrast is strong, and you can't write timidly.

  Every word has "risk". Never putEurostyleWritten too "flat", "average". Horizontal paintings are seldom horizontal, with a strong upward slope, but other strokes are used to save the day, such as the character "Huai", relying on the last long point to seek balance. Break the conventional processing, let the side of the center, such as the first point of "Gong", the middle vertical of "Qian", etc; The seemingly flat regular script, through the change of "dangerous" structure, makes theEurostyleThere were various figures.

  Facts must be appropriate.EurostyleIn some connecting places, such as "rain", "door" and other words, the upper left corner or the inside cannot be "welded dead", and there must be gaps, just like a room must have doors and windows, which means ventilation and avoids dullness .

 Of course, the points emphasized above must first have proficient basic skills, but this is only to solve technical problems, and you need to work hard on moral cultivation, artistic conception and other aspects to show your spirit. That's it.