If you've been following me online for some time now you should probably know that I offer 2 types of font styles for my custom stone seals -- the modern traditional chinese and the ancient seal script. In reality there are a lot more variations in the evolution of Chinese characters, some of which I'd like to share today for their interesting history.
It is pretty obvious in the image above that the evolution of Chinese characters can be categorized into 2 main stages. Lines 1, 2 and 3 are the ancient fonts in which they are much more curved and round. The ancient seal script (line 3) is especially important, because it was the main form used by the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, to standardize writing, and I really like it, so it's one of the font styles available for my custom Chinese seals.
|An artist impression of the Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China|
|And this was probably how he really looked like, I guess we'll never find out.|
In line 4 after the ancient seal script is a writing know as "Li Shu". If you scrutinize both writings (Seal script and Li Shu) in detail you'd realize they're quite different, because the "Li Shu" had done away with the curved and rounded lines. This was to ease the process of carving on bamboo slips (picture below), which people began to do at that time.
The Chinese used to carve words on bamboo, and the strips would be bound together
Finally there's the difference between traditional Chinese characters, and simplified Chinese characters. Personally I would prefer the traditional one, it tells you a lot more information about the word, and looks better aesthetically.
You might have noticed that the more strokes there are in a Chinese character, the more balanced it looks on a stone seal.
And that's about it! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or would just like to discuss further! And if I've made any mistakes in this post please let me know too!