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An introduction to Chinese calligraphy

基本笔画(颜体) Fundamental Strokes (Yanti)

基本笔画颜体) Fundamental Strokes (Yanti) There are twenty two fundamental strokes and each is described below for the Yan style (颜体). 左上点 Upper Left Dot
Upper Left Dot
左上点 Upper Left Dot
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving left Turn the brush moving down and right Move back in a transition Move the brush out and up off the paper This stroke is used in the characters , , and ,. 上点 Upper Dot Upper Dot
上点 Upper Dot
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Move the tip to the right Turn the brush moving down and left Move back and stop An upper dot (上点 or 斜点) is used in the characters , , , , , and .
Zhu
Zhu
Wen
We
左下点 Lower Left Dot
Lower Left Dot
左下点 Lower Left Dot
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Move the tip to the left Moving the brush down and left Move back in a transition Move the brush out and up off the paper This stroke is used in the character . 右下点 Lower Right Dot
Lower Right Dot
右下点 Lower Right Dot
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Move the tip to the right Continue down and right Move down and around Return back and stop This stroke is used in the characters , , and .
Xia
Xia
Nei
Nei
短横 Short Horizontal Stroke
Short Horizontal Stroke
短横 Short Horizontal Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving right Move the brush to the right Turn the tip down Move back and stop This stroke is used in the characters , , , , , , and .
Zhu
Zhu
Er
Er
Ri
Ri
长横 Long Horizontal Stroke
Long Horizontal Stroke
长横 Long Horizontal Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving right Move the brush to the right Turn the tip down Move back and stop This stroke is used in the characters , , , , , , , and .
Xia
Xia
Er
Er
Wang
Wang
直竖 Straight Vertical
Straight Vertical
直竖 Straight Vertical
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving down Firm downward movement Turn the tip right Move back and stop This stroke is used in the characters , , , , and .
Xia
Xia
左弧竖 Left Vertical
Left Vertical
左弧竖 Left Vertical
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving down Use a left facing arc shaped downward movement Turn the tip right Move back and stop This stroke is used in the characters , , , , and .
Ri
Ri
Xing
Xing
右弧竖 Right Vertical
Right Vertical
右弧竖 Right Vertical
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving down Use a right facing arc shaped downward movement Turn the tip back and up Lightly lift the brush and stop This stroke is used in the characters and . 悬针 Hanging Vertical
Hanging Vertical
悬针 Hanging Vertical
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving down Turn back to thicken the middle of the stroke Continue moving the brush down Move the brush straight down and off the page This stroke is used in the characters , , and .
Niu
Niu
Shi
Shi
Zao
Zao
竖钩 Vertical Hooked
Vertical Hooked Stroke
竖钩 Vertical Hooked
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving down Continue moving the brush down forming a curved edge on the right side Move the brush down and around Bring the tip around and off the paper forming a definite hook This stroke is used in the characters , , , , and .
Yu
Yu
Xing
Xing
狐钩 Hooked Arc
Hooked Arc Stroke
狐钩 Hooked Arc
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving down Move the brush along an arc Bring the tip back and up Bring the tip around and off the paper forming a definite hook This stroke is used in the characters , , , and . 折钩 Turning Hook
Turning Hook Stroke
折钩 Turning Hook Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving down Move the right forming an arc Bring the tip back Lift the brush to form an upward facing hook This stroke is used in the characters , , and . 横钩 Horizontal Hooked
Horizontal Hooked Stroke
横钩 Horizontal Hooked Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving right Lift the brush and then press down again Bring the tip back Press, turn, and then flick up and off the paper This stroke is used in the characters , , and . 挑法 Upward Flick
Upward Flick
挑法 Upward Flick Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip ?? Turn the brush moving down Bring the tip back Press down again Press, turn, and then flick up and off the paper This stroke is used in the characters , , and . 短撇 Short Downwards Left Curved
Short Downwards Left Curved Stroke
短撇 Short Downwards Left Curved Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving down Bring the tip back Keep moving down and left Flick up and off the paper This stroke is used in the characters , , and and .
Niu
Niu
Fu
Fu
Ru
Ru
Left Curved
Left Curved Stroke
Left Curved Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the brush moving down Turn and press the brush down Lift the brush up off the paper a little Flick up and off the paper This stroke is used in the characters , , , and . 长撇 Long Downwards Left Curved
Long Downwards Left Curved Stroke
长撇 Long Downwards Left Curved Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the tip moving down Continue moving the brush down Change the direction a little to the left Flick up and off the paper This stroke is used in the characters , , , , and .
<a title="rén | person / people / a human being" class="vocabulary" href="/words/399.html">人</a> Ren
Ren
Fu
Fu
Bai
Bai
Downwards Right Concave Stroke
Downwards Right Concave Stroke
Downwards Right Concave Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the tip moving right Continue moving the brush right and down Bring the brush back and up Turn the brush again and flick up and off the paper This stroke is used in the characters , , , , , and .
Ren
Ren
Wen
Wen
Fu
Fu
平捺 Flat Right Concave Stroke
Flat Right Concave Stroke
平捺 Flat Right Concave Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the tip moving right Continue moving the brush right Turn the tip back Turn the brush right again and flick up and off the paper This stroke is used in the characters , , , and . 右厥 Right Combined Horizontal and Vertical Hook Stroke
Right Combined Horizontal and Vertical Hook Stroke
右厥 Right Combined Horizontal and Vertical Hook Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the tip moving right Move down for the horizontal stroke Move around and back up Form a definite left facing hook This stroke is used in the characters , , , , , and .
Si
Si
Ce
Ce
Nei
Nei
左厥 Left Combined Horizontal and Vertical Hook Stroke
Left Combined Horizontal and Vertical Hook Stroke
左厥 Left Combined Horizontal and Vertical Hook Stroke
Start the stroke with a hidden tip Turn the tip moving down At the corner lighten pressure on the brush, turn, and then increase pressure again Reduce pressure again and then move right At the end of the horizontal stroke turn around to and down. Turn the tip back. This stroke is used in the character and .

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