Yang Xiong, a calligrapher of the Han Dynasty, proposed that "writing is the painting of the heart"; Wang Xizhi's "Brush Style Theory" said: "If you want to learn the method of calligraphy, you should first study ink, concentrate on meditation, and predict the shape of characters." This shows that it is necessary to "predict the shape of the font" before writing, and first establish the "impression awareness" of the font structure in the mind, so as to "prevent the intention of writing". And how to establish a clear structural "impression awareness" instead of just blindly posting? Below, we try to condense the lengthy and cumbersome structural rules into six-character formulas:
"Density, shape, and master strokes"
Below, we simply try to figure out the application for you from these three aspects.
"Dense" refers to the density of strokes, that is, close strokes are called dense, and vice versa. Chinese characters are interspersed with strokes to form a contrast between density and density. These dense places are often the spirit of the characters, just like the "Zen eyes" in Zen, and as Kang Youwei said, "there must be places where the spirit is tied." The dense places of the fonts appear sharp and prominent, and the font structure is more than half well grasped. (Figure 1)
"Shape" refers to the shape of characters, that is, the shape formed by connecting the edges of characters. Chinese characters must have a shape, and calligraphy practitioners should also have an impression of the shape of the font in their minds, and then actively construct the corresponding glyphs, which will obviously promote the formation of a clear "impression consciousness". (as picture 2)
3. Chief writer
"Major" refers to the primary and secondary issues of strokes, long strokes and large strokes are the main strokes, and vice versa. There must be a distinction between primary and secondary artistic shapes, and characters with a certain aesthetic feeling must be performed well by the main writer. Consciously remembering or emphatically remembering 1-3 main characters when observing the copybook will be of great help to form a clear "impression consciousness". (as picture 3)