Consider this artistic rendering of the 福 (fú, happiness) character:

The 福 character without lifting the pen

Four characteristics stand out:

  1. The stroke thickness is constant (like in seal script, 篆书).
  2. The brush is never lifted (pushing to the extreme one tendency of the cursive style, 草书).
  3. The brush never passes twice over the same spot (like in neon signage, as remarked below by Daniel Cheung).
  4. There are no angles.

Has this style a name? Are you aware of an online font which would satisfy at least the second constraint?

连书 (lianshu) comes to mind, but this is actually a completely different animal.

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    與其稱之為寫字,叫畫字比較準確 It’s more accurate to call it drawing instead of writing
    – Tang Ho
    Jul 26, 2020 at 14:36
  • @TangHo Changed, thanks for the suggestion.
    – Aristide
    Jul 26, 2020 at 14:46
  • I personally have never heard of a name for this style as a native Chinese user. I would just say it's a stylistic choice to have the character drawn in just one stroke but still recognizable. The same goes to Latin alphabets. One can find fonts online that does like a neon signage style of one stroke characters. It's just art IMHO. Jul 27, 2020 at 12:41
  • @DanielCheung Yes, the Chinese friends I have asked before hitting Chinese SE didn't know either. Anyway, I would love to see other examples of such drawings. May you point me to these online fonts?
    – Aristide
    Jul 27, 2020 at 13:05
  • @Aristide I don't know any of the Chinese fonts, unfortunately. Jul 27, 2020 at 13:06

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I would just call it 一笔画 (one stroke).

Because there are some famous arts are called in this way. Like:

  • 一笔虎: write the character 虎 in one stroke.
  • 一笔龙: write the character 龙 in one stroke.

And the Eulerian path is also called 一笔画问题 (the problem of how to draw a graph with one stroke)

  • +1 Indeed, 一筆劃 is what I've searched for in the hope of finding an interesting font. Jul 30, 2020 at 4:50
  • Now that's interesting! Indeed searching 一笔福 actually gives results similar to the image in my post. This can make an excellent starting point for drawing characters satisfying the other (less important) constraints. Thanks a lot!
    – Aristide
    Jul 30, 2020 at 13:08

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