The third out of ten general rules of writing in cursive script (草書) . Radicals (radicals are components of Chinese characters) represented by dots in standard script (楷書), can be replaced with a single line.
There are several types of radicals represented by dots. Radicals that contain two or more dots can be represented by a single line in cursive script.
The diagram (left) and the movie (below) show only one type of such stroke in cursive script. There are many styles in calligraphy and also any of the radicals which are composed of dots can be written in a slightly different way. Being able to write the same character or the same type of radical n Chinese or Japanese calligraphy is a proof of mastery of this art, and shows a great knowledge and experience of the calligrapher. It also has a great impact on the appearance and aesthetical value of given masterpiece. It is important to realise that it is not the only one out there. Careful and diligent studies of cursive script are the key to learning and understanding other variants of this stroke.
To see me copying one of the Tang dynasty classics please see this video.
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