There is this beautiful way to write English in a writing system suitable for an East Asian character. It’s called square word Calligraphy.
I practiced a bit before the larp, but writing this is actually easier than it looks, so I was able to get into it very quickly.
During the larp I still used a reference and I need quite some time to write a sentence. But it’s so much fun. I definitely want to use it more often
I started Elrian’s Diary in summer 2011, continuously documenting my Larp character’s adventures.
After four years and 70 pages it is now halfway complete.
Here is the working process of a recent page.
After sketching the content of the page – which I often do while in-character –
I rewrite the text and outline the illustration in ink.
Next is removing unnecessary graphite and colouring the page with watercolour.
Sometimes I add some details in white or silver afterwards.
Not all the pages are this elaborate and well planned. Some are just scribbled notes I took in character and twice I even ripped out pages when my character wanted to get rid of them.