正直

正直(しょうじき)- Honesty


Here is my next work! <Shoujiki> meaning honest or honesty.

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The top kanji, 正,is not hard to write, but the bottom one, 直, is more difficult to write because of the need for balance.If one part is too small or too large, the character will look off balanced and won’t look nice.


Stroke Order: 正

Always start with a 45° entrance in calligraphy!

  1. Start with a 45° entrance to write the ‘T’. So top horizontal line following the vertical line down forming the ‘T’.
  2. Next would be the small horizontal line starting from the vertical line of ‘T’. Make sure it is in the middle otherwise, it would not look right.
  3. The second vertical line is short, about half of the first vertical line. It would be best to have that little tip as seen in the picture above.
  4. Last, the second horizontal line should be the longest. Make sure the line is not too long on one end.

Stroke Order: 直

  1. Start with the ‘+’ sign. Horizontal line first, then the slightly curved vertical line.
  2. Next is the 目. Start with the left vertical line. The top horizontal line and second vertical line on the right is in one stroke without lifting your brush.
  3. Next would be the two horizontal lines in the box. They do not touch the right vertical line, though. I know you see it touch in the text but that is because of the font. (| > ‾| in one stroke > – > – > _ order)
  4. Close the ‘box’ with the horizontal line at the bottom.
  5. The 45° entrance  is very important to make that tip in this next part. This vertical line on the left can’t be too close nor too far from the ‘body’.
  6. After writing that small vertical line, you write the long horizontal line. When writing that horizontal line, you bring your brush to the end and hold it there for 1-2 seconds so it looks like the one in the picture. This bottom part are written in two separate strokes so you have to lift the brush after writing the vertical line down.

 


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