Sumi-e teaching and practice book for chinese bamboo paintingsStyle: Sumi-e
Ten Tricks in Chinese Painting is a series of books that teaches the essential techniques of Sumi-e. Each book focuses on a different subject, all of which are common in Chinese art and will serve as a good basis for anyone interested in learning to how to make exquisite Chinese brush paintings.
One of the Four Gentlemen, which are four of the most revered plants in China, Bamboo is commonly seen in many Chinese paintings. Ten Tricks in Chinese Painting – Bamboo has five sections that will have you on your way to making bamboo brush paintings in no time.
After a General Introduction comes Basic Methods in Drawing Bamboo. This is obviously where you’ll want to start, and will teach you the intricacies of bamboo painting. Imitation is the next section where you will look at different types of bamboo paintings, and then the Creation section will show you how to implement everything you have already worked on. For this, you will also want to look at the last section, which is Examples of Bamboo Painting. Here, you can get an idea of what kind of structure these paintings usually have, and can use it as inspiration for your own work.
While there are not necessarily ten tricks in each book, the most important techniques of brush painting for each subject will be explored indepth. Additionally, all the information is presented in a very colorful and easy to use manner, making the books enjoyable as well as informative. While great for beginners, the books also will serve to help more advanced artists refine their current painting knowledge.