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A Few Words about the Process for Studying Calligraphy in Japan

By Ponte Ryūrui / 19/03/2012 / 0 Comments

All Japan Calligraphy and Literature Association has only 3 dan’s (whereas some other organisations have as many as 9). The fewer dans, the more work and skill it

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part III (b)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 15/03/2012 / 5 Comments

Characteristic of small seal script, note the circular movement of the brush tip at the beginning of each stroke, indicating the application of the “hidden spear”

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part III (a).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/02/2012 / 0 Comments

the way in which the brush is controlled by the arm, wrist and finger, allowing the calligrapher to write a desired line.

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Shifty Characters

By Ponte Ryūrui / 23/02/2012 / 0 Comments

A given character written in each calligraphy script may have (and usually does) different forms and stroke order, though the stroke order is less rigid in

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part II (b).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 16/02/2012 / 0 Comments

単包法 (たんほうほう, tanhō hō), where the ring finger and the small finger are adjacent to the inner side of the palm, and the brush is held with the three remaining

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part II (a)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/02/2012 / 1 Comment

In the pair grip method, the brush axis is held between the thumb, and the index finger merges with the middle finger (first pair), supported from underneath

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Principles, Part I.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 31/01/2012 / 2 Comments

In this series of articles I will focus on the methods of using a calligraphy brush (筆法, ひっぽう, hippō, lit. “principles of the brush”), defining the basic

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The Sun of Vast Skies – a calligraphy seal. Part II

By Ponte Ryūrui / 09/01/2012 / 3 Comments

The art of seal pressing is a vital part of both calligraphy and ink-painting. Without knowledge of how and what kind of seal to press, one can never be

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The Sun of Vast Skies – a calligraphy seal. Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 26/12/2011 / 0 Comments

Seal placement and the quality of the seal impression, so called “seal shadow” (印影, いんえい, in-ei), are crucial and require focus and good sense of

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Little Great Calligraphy – Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/12/2011 / 1 Comment

Small calligraphy requires true mastery of the brush to be powerful, for the lines to come alive and heat up the aura with searing flames of passion through

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