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Tilting paper and holding writing utensil.

Postby guitarplayer7694 » Wed 04.29.2009 11:20 am

Are the Japanese taught to tilt the paper or hold their pen a certain way? I tilt the paper out of habit, but this causes my characters to slant, so I'm wondering if I just need to work on that or if I need to not tilt the paper.
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Re: Tilting paper and holding writing utensil.

Postby furrykef » Wed 04.29.2009 12:49 pm

It's fine to slant your horizontal strokes (but they should slant upward, not downward). You shouldn't slant your vertical strokes, though.
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Re: Tilting paper and holding writing utensil.

Postby astaroth » Wed 04.29.2009 2:26 pm

When I was talking a shodou class I wasn't tilting the paper as it's easier to draw straight vertical lines (the horizontal ones after a while start to slant "naturally" upward or bend a bit).
I never so any professional calligrapher tilting their paper ... this is a demonstration of Inkyo-sensei at the end of one of the classes.
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Re: Tilting paper and holding writing utensil.

Postby furrykef » Wed 04.29.2009 3:23 pm

Yeah, but I think calligraphy is a different matter entirely...
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Re: Tilting paper and holding writing utensil.

Postby astaroth » Wed 04.29.2009 3:52 pm

Uh? I thought the OP was talking about calligraphy ... my bad ...
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Re: Tilting paper and holding writing utensil.

Postby guitarplayer7694 » Thu 04.30.2009 12:38 am

furrykef wrote:It's fine to slant your horizontal strokes (but they should slant upward, not downward). You shouldn't slant your vertical strokes, though.

Which is exactly what happens my 食 ends up kinda off.
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