Chinese Calligraphy Technique and Learning – What is the Right Posture when Writing Chinese Calligraphy?


What is the Right Body Movement in Chinese Calligraphy?

Chinese Calligraphy is not unlike other expressive art forms. Emphasizing as it does the movement of the Brush just as much as meaning of the Characters, the best Calligraphy embodies and exposes the natural movement of the body. Thus, just like other natural movements, contrary body movement can ensure the balanced, confident movement of your hand and by extension, the Brush. All of us make use of this principle every day without even thinking about it. Have you ever noticed that when we walk we naturally swing our arms contrary to the position of our legs? Each step forward is matched by a forward swing of the opposing arm. This is central to how we maintain easy balance while walking. Likewise, when focusing on our Calligraphy, we can use contrary body movement to keep our movements smooth and balanced. Remember: your writing hand is not a discrete entity. It is connected to your arm, shoulder and core. When you write, try to anticipate and lead your arm and hand starting at the shoulder. This will help you keep your movements fluid; you’ll encounter no resistance in executing the proper turns and the Brush will be much more free on the page.

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