Shodo - The art of Japanese calligraphy

Shodo (書道, way of writing) is the art of Japanese calligraphy that uses a brush to paint individual characters, words, or short poems. Most Japanese people have studied shodo in school and have an appreciation for this art.

This art is produced by writing with sumi (black ink) and a brush, on paper, using Japanese or Chinese characters. The art of calligraphy is considered a metaphor for life itself, so strong brushstrokes are alternated with more delicate ones, the effect varying according to speed, ink color, pressure on the paper, the interval between strokes and the material used.

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Shodo - a form of Japanese calligraphy

The art of writing emerged in China more than 3,000 years ago in about 1,300 BC during the Yin Dynasty. It was introduced to Japan at the end of the Yuan Dynasty and has been advancing throughout the history of Japan.

Hiragana was created thanks to the art of Shodo. The Kanjis deformed by the brush artists gave rise to more rounded and simpler forms, which inspired the creators of Hiragana.

Shodo in modern times

nowadays the Shodo is still quite valued,   some dedicate their entire lives in this art, there are various competitions of all ages to value art. People around the world have aroused interest in the art of Shodo.

The first Japanese immigrants to come to Brazil in 1908 had already brought the art of Shodo. In addition, it was common to bring in their luggage, copies of calligraphic art designed by artists, to decorate the walls of the new house. In the year 1975, Shodo gained great momentum in Brazil, with the "Exhibition of Modern Calligraphic Art of Japan".

Shodo - a form of Japanese calligraphy

calligrapher's life

It may seem like something simple, but it requires concentration, the person has to be inspired and must have practice, some are put into intense training since childhood.

The life of a calligrapher is not so simple. It is not simply writing letters on paper, the materials for practicing traditional shodo are expensive, most of the time stores prefer to print a scanned shodo, and even some professionals save money using ink and cheap paper.

In addition to writing and participating in championships, a calligrapher usually gives   classes, also works with banners,   posters and plaques for various purposes, as long as there is a need or preference for handwriting as in some festivals, traditional events and typical lodges. So a shodo practitioner survives.

Just like a painter, Shodo's master's goal is to provoke sensations and feelings in the people who see his works. Like any artist, the great challenge of the oriental calligrapher is not just to master the technique and the rules, but to be able to go beyond them and develop a style of his own. &Nbsp; To learn more about the life of a shodo artist   anime   Barakamon.

Shodo Principles and Techniques

Shodo - a form of Japanese calligraphy

Tensho 篆書 - It is the most primitive and archaic writing style, from which all others originated.

Reisho 隷書 - Clerical writing - It is a simplification of Tensho.

Kaisho 楷書 - Straight lines. Its shape is more square and its lines are straight, firm and precise.

Gyosho 行書 - Semi italics. They are written quickly and with smooth, rounded lines and semi-sequential strokes.

Sosho 草書 - cursive, Italic. Also called grass writing. The writing is done impetuously, quickly and sequentially.

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Shodo tools

In shodo, a large number of tools are used to make the art of writing.

Shodo - a form of Japanese calligraphy

Suzuri (硯 - tinteiro) - Utensílio que serve para acondicionar a tinta. São feitos de pedra e possui também uma concavidade onde fica um pequena quantidade de água, que será usada para diluir o bastão de tinta.

Fude (筆 - pincel) - Existem vários tipos, tamanhos e espessuras. As pontas são variadas e os pelos utilizados são de ovelha, carneiro, texugo e outros.

Sumi (墨 - bastão de tinta) - Tinta à base de carvão. Pode ser na forma sólida, sendo necessário ser diluído em água e em líquido, já pronta para o uso. Porém, a arte tradicional recomenda-se que se use o sólido, pois a preparação e diluição da tinta é vista como um momento de concentração, onde o artista busca a inspiração para compor a arte. Quanto mais velho melhor, os melhores tem 50 a 100 anos de idade.

Bunchin (文鎮 - peso de papel) - Ajuda a manter o papel imóvel para facilitar o artista, impedindo possíveis erros caso o papel se mova, geralmente ele é feito de ferro ou cerâmica.

Shitajiki (下敷き - pano) - Para colocar debaixo do papel para evitar que a tinta vaze e suje o local. (pode ser substituído por jornal)

Washi (和紙 - papel de arroz) - É um papel especial, feito com as fibras de arroz, bambu ou das folhas de bananeira. É feito artesanalmente e não utiliza componentes químicos. Isso faz com que sua durabilidade seja extremamente superior ao papel comum.

Some like to stamp their works with a Japanese seal: Inkan or Hanko.

Online Shodo Course - Introduction to Japanese Calligraphy

Learn the history, techniques and details of Japanese calligraphy Shodo with this online course from Domestika taught by Rie Takeda.

In this course you will learn Shodo, Mushin Mind, Shodo Styles and Techniques, Utensils and Materials Used in Shodo, Basic Brush Strokes, Basic Strokes, Creating a Shodo Piece and Creating a Stamp.

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