書法和硬筆書法的不同 The difference between brush calligraphy and solid pen calligraphy

最近對硬筆書法有點興趣,就在網上找了幾個影片。我認為寫好字還是要從毛筆書法開始。練習書法、練習寫好字、練習欣賞好字,書法會進步,平常寫的字也會進步。

Lately I’ve taken an interest in what is called solid or hard pen calligraphy. Traditionally, Chinese calligraphy is written with a brush. Solid pen calligraphy means writing done with pencil or ballpoint pen. The first video was developed by a national education research institute in Taiwan, while the second video was a presentation to elementary school teachers in Taiwan.

After learning a bit more about solid pen calligraphy, my feeling is that brush calligraphy is still the place to start. Through learning brush calligraphy, one can learn all the key points of writing beautifully.

In the first video, we find that the posture for writing solid pen calligraphy is the same as for writing brush calligraphy. In solid pen calligraphy, the pen is at an angle to the paper. In the second video, the teacher makes a point of distinguishing what solid pen writing looks like compared to brush calligraphy, since the two writing tools make different looking strokes.


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2 thoughts on “書法和硬筆書法的不同 The difference between brush calligraphy and solid pen calligraphy

  1. My first experience with calligraphy was in Taiwan in 1990. I was there for language study. It wasn’t until al,out 25 years later that I picked it up again in Japan. I still hold the brush the way I learned it in Taiwan, even though in Japan, they hold it almost like a pen. I still find pen writing more difficult than brush. Not sure why. Maybe it’s just that I didn’t have the elementary education in Asia.

    Either way, I’m really enjoying your posts. I’m both nostalgic for my college years, and excited about what I’m doing these many years later. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I’ve been looking into brush pens from Japan and was surprised to see videos with calligraphers holding them like regular pens, instead of upright like a brush. I had no idea that’s how calligraphers there held brushes as well. Thanks for the insight!

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