Inktober tip of the day: beauty of brush strokes
Some of you asked if I can explain pros and cons of brushes, nibs, technical pens. Let me focus on brushes today. (It’s my favorite medium after all.)
You can use brush whichever way you like, but it helps you to know the basics of Chinese/Japanese calligraphy.
Which is: unlike Roman Alphabet, Chinese and Japanese writing system relies heavily on different strokes and speed.
When we write, we stop and rest, move faster, have lines dissappear, turn quick, etc. There are rules and rhythms to different strokes. It’s like a brush dancing on the paper. (watch some calligraphy videos on line just see this. It’s fascinating, and you learn something new.)
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I am no calligraph specialist. But in Japan, calligraphy is a mandatory class curriculum, so we all know the basics.
when I draw, I use the calligraphy tactics to move my brush in different speeds, strokes and rhythms depending on what I am drawing. If I am making a flowing light fabric or hair, I move brush quicker, disappear the end, to get more airy feel. If it is something stiff and heavy, slow even line to get the weight, etc.
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Attached 2nd image is what in calligraphy they call #永字八法
which means “ the letter FOREVER has all the 8 strokes you need to know in calligraphy all in one letter’.
I know this is hard to understand from a picture. I’d love you to take advantage of free 2months @skillshare
membership and take my ink drawing class if you haven’t already. I pride myself in taking one full segment to explain this in details, with the help of @aitatebayashi
who often makes calligraphy letterings for my illustrations.
Don’t forget to upload your final inking project to Skillshare. They are giving away 1 year free membership and my signed prints to five of you.You don’t need to be a new member. You just need to upload new project this month. So, please join for the contest with your Inktober masterpieces! We can’t wait to see them.
Link in bio or skl.sh/yuko_inktober