Learning Chinese has so many layers of meanings. To capture some of them, new products are now offered at MSL Master. They are printable posters with drawings and printable Chinese character posters.
There are millions of people who learned, are learning, or will learn, Chinese.
They learn for a variety of reasons. They also stop learning for a variety of reasons. They learn in different environments. They use different learning materials. They use different learning strategies. They make progress. They also have setbacks. Their knowledge of Chinese creates impacts of various degrees on themselves and on others around them.
Learning Chinese is like an ocean that harbours so many ideas and thoughts.
Also, Chinese characters themselves can be the most beautiful thing in the world, can be the most boring thing in the world, can be totally useless for some, can open up hidden worlds for others, can be completely meaningless, and can be gazed at for hours.
Chinese characters can be so many things simultaneously.
To explore these different ideas and thoughts and the aesthetic quality of Chinese characters, I started making some printable posters.
One type of posters tries to use simple drawings and words (mostly English with occasional Chinese) to capture some of the ideas that are familiar and that glide through our minds quietly and fleetingly. These posters offer no Chinese lessons, only reflections on what learning Chinese means and how learning Chinese affects people. A few jokes are included for people who read more Chinese.
The other type of posters consists of Chinese characters, which, for some, are really something aesthetically appealing, very beautiful to look at.
To present this artistic nature of Chinese characters, I took inspiration from different font types, the old traditional way of book printing, and Chinese calligraphy on stone carvings. Thus, each poster has a distinctive way to convey the beauty of Chinese characters.
I used to practice Chinese brush calligraphy for years, copying characters from stone rubbings or from old books. Making these character posters on a computer reminded me of those days. And I tried to recreate those looks, feelings and effects.
To take a look at the posters with simple drawings, visit here.
To take a look at the Chinese character posters, visit here.
It was really fun for me to work on these posters.
I hope you’ll like them too.
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