There are many resources which can support your study of Chinese Calligraphy. Obviously, the main point about choosing a text is that it is accessible by you at the time you need it. I would suggest that the study of Chinese Calligraphy is endlessly fascinating and can be a lifetimes work (as attested by a great many Chinese Calligraphers). This will mean that no one text will take you through from beginner to master. Having said that, a good foundation text will always be of assistance.
If you have navigated directly to this page please do look through the rest of our web resources on these pages: Chinese Calligraphy. Please let us know if there is something missing as we endeavour to provide a Chinese Calligraphy resource that is useful to all practitioners of the art.
The one thing that you will definitely need is a Chinese – English dictionary. Google Translate is very good and I use it for quick cross-checks but it does not include all Traditional characters at the moment. Give it long enough and I am sure that it will but for now a very comprehensive paper (or electronic) dictionary will always be of assistance.
A brief selection of useful Chinese Calligraphy texts:
|Chinese Calligraphy (Standard script for beginners)||Qu Lei Lei||0-7141-2425-7||The British Museum Press||A slim and quick volume useful as a quick reference|
|The Simple Art of Chinese Calligraphy||Qu Lei Lei||1-903116-49-X||Cico Books Ltd||A larger volume which includes some fun projects|
|The Complete Guide to Chinese Calligraphy||Qu Lei Lei||978-1-904991-86-1||Cico Books||A more comprehensive volume which goes into more detail along with showing the five major scripts|
|How to: Chinese Regular Script Calligraphy for Beginners||Zong Jianye (Translated by Wen Jingen with Pauline Cherrett)||978-7-119-04861-1||Foreign Languages Press||A comprehensive reference with lots of essential classics for the discerning practitioner|
It is worth noting that when you join the Chinese Brush Painters Society, as of when I write this, a Calligraphy book is included as part of a years’ subscription.
Enjoy your Chinese Calligraphy practice and please post back any resources you find particularly useful.