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Published on May 25, 2009
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Sample characters (not a phrase) in this video: 玄 abstruse 無 nothing 公 public 乃 therefore
There are several ways of copying Chinese calligraphy models - 臨摹 linmo "Emulation" or 臨帖 (Japanese call it linsho 臨書 ).
Emulation can be done in the following ways: 1. Nearly the same duplicate (the most difficult, but the practitioner learns more.) 2. 背臨 Memorized emulation - practiced after the practitioner has done (1) for a long time and without looking at the model, or just glance at it briefly. (shown in this video) 3. 意臨 After the practitioner has done (1) and (2) for a long time, copying with more freedom without focusing strictly on the appearance but allowing one to use more of his insights and creations. (Here I am adding some characteristics from other Li Shu styles in this video.)
When (2) and (3) are combined, one is ready to create his personal styles.