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Old 01-06-2020, 04:16 PM
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First Sumie art attempt


Not sure if this goes here in Pen and Ink art, because I used a Sumie set to do this. However, I used ink, so I guess it goes here.

My first piece of Sumie art.

What do you guys think? Any recommendations to improve?

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Old 01-07-2020, 01:35 PM
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Re: First Sumie art attempt

This page might help you..... https://japanobjects.com/features/sumie

I don't know much about Sumi-e painting but obviously practice helps, as with all painting, so the more you practice the simple brush stroke, loading, placement, pressure etc, the better you'll get!
It seems to me to be very direct.... the mark from the brush, rather than a shape painted and filled, is the essence of the art ... then the combination of the marks, the composition of various elements, as you've done here, make the story.
I think essentially, sumi-e is not laboured but a carefully planned work before putting ink on brush!
That's just my reading of a painting!

I think if you work out how to hold the loaded brush, carefully place it on the paper where you want it to go and carefully apply pressure, you'll get a beautiful shape of the leaf.
For stems, maybe a loaded brush drawn smoothly up the paper in the desired direction will give you the dark side, then perhaps repeat with a water-loaded brush up one edge of that line will draw the ink out to make the lighter side.

Will you try these ideas and tell me what you think?
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Old 01-07-2020, 02:06 PM
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Re: First Sumie art attempt

I'll try it. Thank you very much!
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Old 01-09-2020, 05:54 AM
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Re: First Sumie art attempt

Hi Jared, I know very little of Sumi painting but I have talked to some who do know here - http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1464983 .
There is a book called the " Mustard Seed Garden" which was written/drawn in China centuries ago which is considered to be THE definitive work on sumi & is much poured over by serious practitioners of this art both in the east & the west.It has never been out of print & you can buy it still.
You can also read or download it online here - https://archive.org/details/brooklyn...rden-a-chinese
Have fun exploring it !
U tube also has some very accomplished sumi painters demonstrating their craft but as usual you will have to wade though the crowd of second rates to find the jewels.
It looks to me from your drawing that you are doing great already

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Wow, that's very nice. What a great start you've made.
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