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I tried painting in sumi.

Postby BlackRider » Tue 02.06.2007 8:37 pm

I was practicing calligraphy and got frustrated and painted these two:

Badly Drawn Butterfly
and
Fishing
They are more doodles than anything. I hope you enjoy.
...and スミス is me. :)
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby coco » Tue 02.06.2007 8:40 pm

BRさん 上手! :D
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby BlackRider » Tue 02.06.2007 8:45 pm

久しぶり! お元気でしたか。 (my Japanese still isn't great :'( )
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby anikaliki » Tue 02.06.2007 9:09 pm

wow, I think you're an awesome artist!
Finally!
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby Darkness » Tue 02.06.2007 9:15 pm

wow, good. they just need color(the second one)
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby Kagemaru » Tue 02.06.2007 10:18 pm

For what my inartistic comment accounts for, I thought them excellent.
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby Harisenbon » Tue 02.06.2007 10:24 pm

Not bad at all. =)

I don't know what sort of style you're going for, but the flowers in the butterfly image are very Sumi-e styled, while the butterfly, and the man fishing seem more like pen-ink drawings.

One of the main points of sumi-e is getting the right balance of ink to bristle, depending on what you're trying to draw. You seem to have kept your ink-saturation pretty high the whole time, which means that the brush is being used more like a western inking brush, and less like a sumi brush.

I would recommend working with different saturations of ink and water in the brush. Try a fairly dry brush with some ink placed only on the tip, or a completely soaked brush (water) in which you then put some ink in the tip. You can get a lot of nice effects that will lend a more sumi-e feel.

Now you're making me want to pick up my brushes again. It's been too long since I've painted anything. :/
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby BlackRider » Wed 02.07.2007 4:50 pm

Thanks for the advice. I'm actually not familiar with sumi-e style. I'll have to do some reading. As I said, they're just doodles and I got the flower style from an exercise in my calligraphy book. ;)

Any hints would be well appreciated. :D
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby hyperconjugated » Wed 02.07.2007 7:04 pm

Those are great, especially the flowers
look beautiful. You might wanna work a
little on those katakanas though. The
second stroke for ス starts thin, broadening
towards the end and bends the opposite way
that you have. The strokes for ミ are similar
to that second stroke of ス but are more
horizontal and varying in length.
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby Harisenbon » Wed 02.07.2007 8:28 pm

BlackRider wrote:
Any hints would be well appreciated. :D


To be perfectly honest, it's been years since I've touched sumi-e (although I have done some shodo in the meantime) so I don't know if I could give any good advice anymore. :/

I'm sure there are a large number of books about how to do sumi-e at your local library/book store. Try to steer clear of flashy coverpages and books written by non-Japanese※, and you should be good! =)

※I say this, even though my Sumi-e teacher was Canadian.
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby ss » Sat 02.10.2007 11:25 pm

BRさん, nice and unique arts! I like them. ;)
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby coco » Sun 02.11.2007 2:13 am

BlackRider wrote:
久しぶり! お元気でしたか。 (my Japanese still isn't great :'( )

As you know, my English is still poor. :D

BR-san, I love your illustration especially butterfly's.
I think if we could use your illustration on Wagawiki or SS-san's own site, that would be wonderful!
Could you please give us a permission of using your illustration?

I would like to ask you to do me a favor.
Although just my opinion, the signature of your illustration seems to be too... how should I say... too effective for inset of SS-san's page. :p

So, would you mind to write チョウの一生 on the same place/position where you wrote your name on, and write your name on left below?

If you read this thread and figure out your own imagination for insets(plural!), that would be great!

By the way, did you check this site?
http://sumi-e.jp/ English page is available.

I'd like to say I prefer your works than Mr Shimura's art.

It is not urgent. As you see, SS-san began that project from last June, but if you don't have enough time or you don't have any interests, please do not hesitate to tell so.

Thank you.
( hope my engrish makes sense.)
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby BlackRider » Sun 02.11.2007 2:55 pm

Sure, you may use any of my pictures.

The weather men are predicting snow and ice Monday night into Tuesday. So if they close school on Tuesday I can dedicate the whole day to trying to create a worthey illustration.

I will read Mr. Shimura's site and a few others that I've found and see what I can create. Just don't expect anything good. :D
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby Nofil221 » Sun 02.11.2007 3:04 pm

Those were great! I love the black with the red, they look really porfessioal. ;)
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RE: I tried painting in sumi.

Postby coco » Sun 02.11.2007 7:37 pm

BR-san
うれしい! ありがとうございます。
Thank you for your quick, kindly reply.
We look forward to see your new sumi-e pictures. :D
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