Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Got Japanese Style Gesture?


This was done on cold press h2o paper with a #16 watercolor round brush.

4 comments:

silvina said...

Excellent! I see you lightly sketched the figures with pencil first, then applied transparent color in the shadows. The outlining is what gives it the Japanese look. Wonderful effect.

David Lobenberg said...

Silvina: Sometime in the not too distant future, I'll need to dispense with the initial pencil sketch and do the contour lines (Japanese sumi style) from the get go. There is a wonderful Chinese-American artist in Chicago who goes direct with brush and color washes with his live model watercolor paintings. I loaned out his book to one of my art reps, but I'll get it back and post some of his work on my blog. Have you thought about trying some brush figure drawing? Mr. Bailey set me straight with the watercolor correction issue...at least with his style of painting.

silvina said...

A friend told me about a Japanese (or Chinese) artist who is teaching a traditional Japanese painting workshop this summer at UCLA. His name is Ning Yeh. I'm considering taking it. I think it would influence my oil painting in a good way. What do you think?

David Lobenberg said...

Go Bruins!...I went to school there (just after the wheel was invented). You know what Silvina?...Chinese and Japanese brush calligraphy and painting, as you probably know, is very disciplined. You learn how to make decisive brush movements. That's always turned me on, and I do believe that it can help you in your oil painting. I think Carol Marine (carolmarine.blogspot.com) is a very decisive brush (and color) artist. This is not saying that you would want to paint like her. I bring her up only because she paints more with less (brush strokes) kinda similar to Chinese/Japanese brush artists. I know that's the way I want to go. I just need to get my colors under control in my acrylic work (which is a relatively new medium for me. I've been painting in h2o for over 35 yrs). Go for it, Silvina!, and go Bruins!