The table was fabricated with an acrylic surface, allowing the user to see projections from below, that will guide and instruct basic elements of calligraphy. If projected from above, the hand of the user would block the informative projection. The paper rested on the acrylic blocks any glaring light in the user's eye, preventing any misguided light that may hinder the calligraphy process.
The animation shows the brush stroke slowly being created, the grid to work within, the outer edges to stay within, and the customary inner line which is included in all workbooks. These guided lines are crucial in learning basic stroke-work in calligraphy; they follow a certain path that allows the user to create the varying thicknesses and ends we see in all Chinese calligraphy. We began by explaining to the user how they must hold the brush. Once the user knows how to progress, he/she can freely compose his characters with the given markers along a chosen line.
In Chinese calligraphy one must hold the brush straight up, perpendicular to the drawing surface. We had to explain this to each viewer. In further iterations, we would like to have the mounted camera recognize and correct when the user exhibits improper hand position. We had to work with the physicality of how the inked brush reacted on the paper verses the way in which we expected it to. We wanted people to put more pressure when the animation became thicker but they would often instead just do multiple strokes.
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