Saturday, January 1, 2011

Plum Blossom 樱花



Plum Blossom Techniques
梅花基本法

25th., April, 2011


Chinese Painting Tools 01.10

Please take note that this piece is done by my teacher,
I show myself and document the basic techniques
so that I can refer to it later and also
to share with you ...


Lesson 01.01 Cherry Blossom

Holding the pen must be straight
(to get the right amount of ink and water on the brush is really tough) ...
I can't even explain that properly ...

Strokes must be continuous from top to bottom (thin to thick) or
from Bottom to top (thick to thin)
Done in some curvature for each strand
Too much branches not good


Lesson 01.02 Cherry Blossom

You will find some spaces are purposely left between branches
for filling in the plum blossoms ...


Lesson 01.03 Cherry Blossom

Here is the colors ... and RED ...
for Plum Blossom,
How excited I was when the teacher demonstrated this technique ...


The red color of the Plum Blossom should have shades of color like this ...
Dip into water and then red color, test for stroke on paper before apply to final drawing ...


Lesson 01.04 Cherry Blossom

Do circular motion clock-wise for the 5 petals of the Plum Blossom ...
Leaving just a little space in the middle.
This is the TOP view of the flower ...
again getting the right amount of RED and Water
to get the shades of RED is not easy at all ...


Lesson 01.05 Cherry Blossom

and make sure the red is dry before applying the black color for the stems ...


Lesson 01.06 Cherry Blossom

On top is the frontal view and bottom/right is the 45 degree or angle view of the flower ...
The Frontal view only show 3 petals with some black dots as stems ...
The angle view shows 3 small petals on the bottom and 2 larger petals curving from the top ...


Lesson 01.07 Cherry Blossom

The Plum Blossom only at the top end of the branches and not at the bottom branch ...
And there stick close to the branches..
A variety should be drawn but not too much ...


Lesson 01.08 Cherry Blossom

The buds (un-open blossom) are very simple and ends with 3 small leaves holding the blossom ...
Should be draw with different sizes like above ...


Lesson 01.09 Cherry Blossom

Some of the blossom need not follow the exact rule and
should just blend into the composition ...


Lesson 01.10 Cherry Blossom

When drawing branches criss-crossing each other, remember to
leave some space like above ...
Notice the little blossom just curving slightly on the tip
of the branch with a slight touch at the end ...


Lesson 01.11 Cherry Blossom

More examples of little touches of blossoms ...


Lesson 01.12 Cherry Blossom

The final piece drawn by the teacher in less then 5 minutes ...
I am suppose to learn from copying ...


Lesson 01.13 Cherry Blossom

Sometimes, turning to the back shows a different composition possibility ...

Chinese Painting is definitely like film photography,
once wrongly applied, that's it ...


10 comments:

Rob and Mandy said...

Well done!

C.Y. said...

wow beautiful!! tnx for the lesson i like it! follow you REDPASSION

siberja said...

lovely.. I wish I could paint like this :)
it's so delicate :)

Stefanodav said...

Very interesting sequence, well done!

Ciao
Stefano

Dawn said...

Well THAT is a great way to learn! Thanks for sharing the lesson. Now- can't wait for you to show us what yours looks like....

POESIE-LYRIK-HAIKU-KURZGESCHICHTEN-FOTOGRAFIE said...

Japanische Malkunst vom Feinsten. Vielen herzlichen Dank für diese ausführliche Anleitung...

Viele Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Hans-Peter

jules said...

Very nice - but not cherry blossom? More like flowering quince. We call them boke in Japan. So now I can say "great boke!" instead! I never tire of that joke :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaenomeles

Carolina Tavares said...

The cherry trees are painted on people's souls.

Arnaud said...

I like the esthetics of some simple paintings.

AB said...

Looks beautiful. I guess the painting techniques are very old.