It’s been a while since I’ve posted any of my artwork, so I thought today I’d share a few of my most recent sketches with you guys! I drew these with myHUION Graphics Tabletusing a digital painting application called Krita. I usually do these sketches in 4 steps/layers. First I draw a quick ‘skeleton’ of my sketch in a light colour, then I fill out the skeleton in the same light colour. Next I outline the whole sketch in black and finally, I colour it in. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below and which sketch is your favourite! If you want to see more of my drawings and paintings, check out my Artwork page.
So for this month’s #ArtKnowItAll, I’ve decided to do something a little different. So far I’ve only covered ‘Western’ art movements that I’m familiar with, but today we’re going to be looking at Ink Wash Painting, a beautiful East Asian type of brush painting. I hope you guys like it!
What is Ink Wash Painting?
As I mentioned, Ink Wash Painting is a type of brush painting which uses the same black ink that is used for East Asian calligraphy. It originated in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and was refined during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). For centuries, this sophisticated form of Chinese art was practiced by highly educated scholars or literati. Shortly after China discovered the ink, this style began to develop in Korea and the rest of East Asia.
To create the ink for their paintings, artists would grind an inkstick (usually a combination of pine or oil soot and animal glue) over an inkstone with a few drops of water. Prepared inks were also used, though they were of lower quality.
Traditionally, ink wash paint brushes were made from bamboo with animal hair tapered to a fine point, which was essential for this style of painting. I’m not going to go into the list of animal hair they used, but let’s just say it ranged from goat and horse to boar and wolf!
What makes Ink wash painting so stunning is it’s use of tonality and shading achieved by varying ink density and pressure within a single brushstroke. As a result, artists must spend years perfecting their basic brush stroke techniques. A true master can create an incredible range of tonality in a single stroke. A huge amount of concentration is needed for this painting, especially since once a stroke is painted, it can’t be erased or changed.
Interestingly, the majority of landscape paintings depict imaginary scenes or at least loose interpretations of reality. Mountains which were famous for their beauty but often located nowhere near the artist, were commonly featured in ink wash art.
Bada Shanren (born Zhu Da, 1626—1705) was a Chinese painter and calligrapher of noble lineage. He was a descendant of the Ming dynasty prince Zhu Quan and a leading artist of his time. Sharp brush strokes were a distinctive charactaristic of his paintings, probably due to his sideways manner of holding his paintbrush.
Jang Seung-eop (1843–1897),often known by his pen name Owon, was a Korean artist of the late Joseon Dynasty and one of the rare painters to hold a position of rank at court. He grew up as an orphan and first began truly painting in his twenties when he was taken in by a rich aristocrat. His paintings later received wide recognition and he painted in all genres of the period from landscapes and flower paintings to representations of daily life.
Okuhara Seiko (1837-1913) was a female Japanese painter who established a respected reputation as an artist, adapting Chinese literati styles to Japanese tastes. Despite her gender, she managed to build a successful art career in the largely male-dominated world of painting in 19th and 20th century East Asia. Aware of her disadvantage as woman, she changed her name from Setsuko to gender-neutral Seiko and omitted the the feminine character ‘joshi’ in her signatures, like many female artists of the time.
In actual fact, East Asian ink wash painting is really a form of expressionistic art. It’s aim is not to simply reproduce what we see, but to capture what is unseen – the ‘spirit’ of the subject. For example, if an ink wash painter wishes to paint an animal, they must have a strong understanding of its temperament more so than its anatomy. Rather than creating totally realistic imitations, artists strive to convey emotion, perception, sensation.
I can honestly say that this is my favourite #ArtKnowItAll art form so far. Not only is the art truly beautiful (in my opinion, anyway) but I also love the philosophy behind it. As you can see below, I attempted a few quick paintings with my brush pen (the featured image above the title was unfortunately not painted by me – I don’t know who the artist was but it’s lovely! ). I think I definitely need a bit of practice… maybe in a few years I’ll be accepted into literati school 😉
Let me know in the comments below or tweet me using #ArtKnowItAll what art movement you’d like to see next month. Enjoy the rest of your week!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a sewing tutorial and this little project is perfect for springtime! Seeing as I’m extremely lazy and my bursts of artistic motivation only last a couple of hours, I made sure this DIY could be finished in an afternoon. You’ll notice that I’ve included more photos than usual, partly because I feel that having a visual guide is a huge help in sewing tutorials, and partly because I got a little carried away with my camera. Let me know what you guys think and have a great week!
What you need:
11 x 8 inch piece of felt
12 x 9 light fabric of your choice
8 inch zipper
sewing machine/ needle and thread
Note: These are the dimensions I used for my bag, but feel free to adjust them depending on how big/small you want your bag to be!
Cut fabric and felt to size. Then, place the felt on top of the inside of your fabric, like in the photo below.
2. Fold the overlapping fabric over the edges of the felt to create neat seams. Pin them in place.
3. Using a sewing machine, or needle and thread, stitch the seams.
4. Next, use pins to attach your zipper to the fabric like I’ve done in the photos below. You can see that my zipper was slightly too big for the fabric, but don’t worry – you can just trim that off. Once your happy with the zipper’s positioning, sew it on.
6. Fold over your fabric so that your makeup bag is inside out. Make sure that both sides are aligned and stitch them together.
In one of the comments on my earlier #ArtKnowItAll posts, someone suggested that I feature Cubism next. I had a vague idea of the movement, associating it with abstract, geometrical art that seemed to almost resemble optical illusions. As always, I loved learning about the revolutionary art of the past… imagining the rebellious artists inventing new styles of art and defying tradition makes me slightly jealous that I missed out on all the excitement 😉 .
What is Cubism?
Cubism is an avant garde art movement that developed during the 1910s and 1920s, predominantly in Paris. This new, modern style of painting and sculpture both revolutionized European art and inspired the music, architecture and literature of the time. In fact, it is often regarded as the 20th century’s most influential art movement.
For the first time in centuries, perspective with a single viewpoint was abandoned. Instead, cubist painters used numerous and sometimes contrasting vantage points, showing objects from different angles and interweaving the background and foreground of the painting.
In fact, cubist artists turned away from depicting figures ‘realistically’, rejecting the idea that art should copy nature. Instead, they decided to emphasize the flat, two-demensionality of their canvases and reduce objects into geometric forms.
The early phase of the movement was called Analytic Cubism, characterised by the pronounced use of geometric shapes and use of monochrome colours.
The second phase was Synthetic Cubism, where artists experimented with ‘non-art’ materials such as newspaper.
Three Key Cubist Artists
Pablo Picasso (1881 -1973) : Regardless of whether you’re interested in art or not, every one has heard of Picasso. The charismatic Spanish painter was a pioneer of Cubism, along with Geaorges Braque, and considered to be the most influential artist of the first half of the 20th century. He invented collage and was primarily a painter though he had an eclectic style and also worked with sculpture, printmaking and ceramics.
Georges Braque (1882-1963) : After meeting Pablo Picasso, Braque went on to become another leader in the development of Cubism. He focused on depicting abstract still lifes, exploring different viewpoints, colours and textures to achieve dimension in his work.
Jean Metzinger (1883 – 1956) : Though at first Metzinger was inspired by Fauvism and Impressionism, the french painter later turned to Cubism and became one of the principal theorists of the movement. In 1912, he created ‘Du Cubisme’, the first major treatise on Cubism, along with fellow french artist Albert Gleizes.
… A revolutionary art movement
At first glance, Cubism may seem somewhat simplistic compared to more ‘classical’ art that strove to capture scenes completely realistically. But really, it’s just another way of representing the world around us and exploring different point of views. Plus, imagine living in a world where these abstract, geometrical paintings were virtually unheard of. Cubist artists weren’t just painters, they were innovators; inventing new styles of painting, as well as being acutely aware of and responding to current events (particularly World War I). Throughout Europe, offshoots of Cubism developed including Orphism, Futerism and Abstract Art. And that’s only a few!
There are so, so many art movements – old and new – left to explore, comment down below or tweet me with the hashtag #ArtKnowItAll to let me know what you want to see next month.
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I hope you enjoyed the third installment of my #ArtKnowItAll series. As usual, you can see my cubism-inspired artwork above, which I first sketched out in pencil and then coloured in digitally with the aid of my graphics tablet. What do you think?
Just a quick post to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As you may already know that I’m Irish, so I felt obligated to post something today. Here’s a quick tutorial for making adorable little shamrocks in about 30 seconds. They are perfect for decorations or face painting.
I’m headed off to a parade now, but I hope you all have a fantastic day!