Saturday, August 12, 2006

Cheng Man-ch'ing: Brushwork

Cheng demonstrates his central-brush technique in bamboo motifs and calligraphy ca.late 1950's

Cheng's artistry of the central-tip brush (chung-feng) yielded mature characters and motifs that exude depth and energy. This manner of holding the brush keeps the tuft centered and erect while the tip moves evenly along with the stroke; the right arm that holds the brush must remain suspended throughout the composition. This technique greatly increases the difficulty of
drawing an even stroke due to the absorbency of the paper.


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