左利きの書道家になれる?Calligraphy practice log

Hello WaniKani Community,

Saida・犀蛇・彩妥・灑懿妥 here. November 2018 I started attending calligraphy classes near Leiden in the Netherlands, but I have had to stop taking them. So now I have to practice at home, by myself!

To try to get some regularity in my practice, I decided to start writing all the kanji from every level. A level per week. I recently reset from level 51 to 31 to 1, so I am hopeful I will be able to keep up the pace going forward!

I will be writing mostly 楷書かいしょ. This is the most basic (most legible) style of writing, I think. Important points are whether strokes are written in correct stroke order, and have the correct shape, i.e. like a sweep (はらい) instead of a stop (とめ) at the end.

For information about what the strokes should look like, I will be using this website: http://www.kenjisugimoto.com/shuji/index.html and occasionally a google search.

For information on stroke order, I will be using jisho.org.

Set up:

I’ll post some more information about my tools and such at some point.

Questions, comments, own experiences very much welcomed!

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2月7日:レベル1
Stats:
18 kanji

  • 1x1 stroke
  • 8x2 strokes
  • 9x3 strokes

Practice time today: about 1 hour.

All of them!

I took pictures of all the sheets individually as well, so I will explain in more detail at a later time! Need to go to work now.

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That looks pretty nice!

Now that I read the title of this thread I wonder, is there any disadvantage to being left-handed when it comes to caligraphy?

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Looking forward to following your calligraphy log! :heart:
(Kanji calligraphy is something I’d like to get into too at some point :slight_smile:)

I did a half-day workshop in Tokyo once, together with my left-handed partner. After quite a bit of difficulty, the calligraphy tutor suggested he attempt with his right hand instead, because the strokes are easier to write with the right hand. And it turns out that it was true even for a person who has never written with his right hand before!
But surely it’s possible to do nice calligraphy with either hand, if you adapt like you probably do already for normal handwriting?

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I have been writing left-handed since I started. Have tried right-handed a handful of times. The biggest problem I think, are the horizontal strokes. You end up pushing the brush across the page, instead of pulling, which makes it harder to gently lift the brush. That is partly why most of my strokes have the same thickness all the way through.

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