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Old 11-22-2019, 12:02 PM
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Mirko Hanák - tools and tricks

I have recently discovered Mirko Hanák and this archived thread: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/arch.../t-934157.html



I know he used rice paper and sumi-e and lithography - but to get the textural effects and precision it must have been very smooth paper. And the pigments had to have had the perfect granulation and transparency properties - so I'm trying to research what paints he used, whether he added anything to the water. I'm looking all over internet for background.

I did find something about his thinking process re. storyboarding here:
https://genedeitchcredits.com/roll-t...harlottes-web/

He was a master of so many things! If you have any information about the tools and techniques he used please share! And Thanks!
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Re: Mirko Hanák - tools and tricks

I think he used TALENT to do this... paints/paper/brushes all come in a distant second.

I once watched a guy on the street use school chalk to create the most amazing photo realistic drawing I had ever seen..... TALENT... all the supplies you need.
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I think he used TALENT to do this... paints/paper/brushes all come in a distant second.

I once watched a guy on the street use school chalk to create the most amazing photo realistic drawing I had ever seen..... TALENT... all the supplies you need.
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And clearly not the response I'm looking for.
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Re: Mirko Hanák - tools and tricks

He might have ground his paints from traditional ink sticks. I'll bet Brian T Meyer would know.
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And clearly not the response I'm looking for.

Well.. good luck with your search then.
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Re: Mirko Hanák - tools and tricks

As in all things, some people are naturally more gifted than others. We like to call that Talent. One of my Students, whom I had been teaching since she was 10 years old, exhibited that level of expertise. However, there have been many, many times where she needed guidance and advice on technique.

Yvonne Keogh, this man was splendidly talented there's absolutely no doubt. But, he used techniques that can be emulated. I can see that he worked wet-in-wet, added calligraphy and understood his colour mixing and values. Studying the relationship of water to paper and brush to paper, you can begin to replicate some of these images.

I often recommend Ewa Karpinska's book, Wet-on-Wet Watercolour Painting: A Complete Guide to Techniques and Materials, is an excellent resource in learning the stages of wetness. It's ridiculously expensive now, but perhaps you can borrow it from the Library.

Take heart. Even if you are never able to paint in a manner similar to Mirko Hanák, by studying the basic tenets of your craft, you'll improve your painting skills exponentially!
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Re: Mirko Hanák - tools and tricks

It looks like in addition to wet-in-wet, that he pressed his fingertip into the wet paint to get those neat oval impressions that help distinguish the form. Or it could have been a deersfoot brush, which is an old-fashioned shape and I am not sure if it is used in Chinese or Japanese painting technique.

I love the red fox looking over its shoulder.
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Re: Mirko Hanák - tools and tricks

Thanks all
Beautiful fur effects and everything else on the deer for this Bambi book:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/onnder...7620170399757/


How did he achieve this fur effect????
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Re: Mirko Hanák - tools and tricks

You can create that effect with a wet brush on unsized rice paper. Below is an ink painting on unsized rice paper. To create the furry tail I ran a line of water down where the tail was going. Then I painted the tail by painting another line down the middle with a wet brush of ink. The ink spreads into the damp paper and moves out to create those soft edges. A wet brush of ink will create a similar effect but adding some water to the paper first really makes the ink run wild. Think like you are painting with watercolor on tissue paper! Now the trick is to know how wet to make the paper and/or how wet to make the brush full of ink! Go get some rice paper and give it a try.

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That's a beautiful furry cat Oldey - thanks! He must have used coloured inks then for this effect.
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Re: Mirko Hanák - tools and tricks

Here are some more examples I just did. I also painted a dab with Chinese watercolors. They are not the same as western watercolors. You see they don't behave like the ink does. Perhaps he used colored in or western watercolors. A little experimenting would tell you. You can still see my paper is wet!
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This is as furry as I can get with Chinese ink on rice paper. Not even close to what he achieved. This one is on a cheaper rice paper though - there are different versions. Different pigments break up in different ways too.
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All of the tools play a part. The paper, ink, watercolor if used, and brushes are very different from watercolor paper and watercolor brushes. Watercolor paper is thicker and less absorbent. The ink brushes hold and release liquid differently. While sumi e brushes can be used with traditional watercolors the reverse is not true.
Those are beautiful paintings btw.
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Bingo! You have the concept! What he used for color I do not know.
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I think he used TALENT to do this... paints/paper/brushes all come in a distant second.

I once watched a guy on the street use school chalk to create the most amazing photo realistic drawing I had ever seen..... TALENT... all the supplies you need.




Why such a condescending and unhelpful reply? It takes more than raw talent to get good at most things and being able to infer another artist's technique is itself a talent.


Count me in as also desiring to know how those effects were achieved.
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