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.