Digital "Chinese Brush Paintings"
Here are a few of  my efforts to paint digital versions of  Chinese brush paintings. These are done in PSP8 with a Wacom Intuos Pen and tablet .  I don't really have an aptitude for tutorials so this is just kind of a description of how I do this kind of digital painting.

pink flowersSome of the effects are made by dabbing on color and smudging it into place  and some are made by using the waccom pen with PSP8 brush variances.

In Psp 8 and 9 you can set brush variances  to blend the foreground and background  colors. this lets you apply blends of colors in one stroke.
When you have a graphics pen and  tablet you can set your PSP8 brush variances to take advantage of the pens' pressure sensitivity. The color, hue,blends and opacity are set to pressure resulting in a more brush painted effect  one can also use pressure for size, and density  and other settings.
The pressure setting for opacity simulates  the effect of paint running out and also gives an apearance like hand painted work.
  The color blend brush variance is  set to pressure. Using a gradient or pattern for  the background color  creates more variation in the painted lines.

The branches below are done with a gradient  background.
 The flower petals and leaves can be
made by dabbing on a sample of color and smudging the color into the shape you desire. A low density brush helps create the flower center. A  subtle texture applied to the finished painting  helps give it that brush painted look.  A  fine silk texture gives a fairly traditional look. redbud2

1Here the color variation is created with a high step setting  and a pressure brush variance.

 A major goal in all Chinese Brush painting is to convey a sense of immediateness.     The spontaneous   style of painting  is very nature centered and is always intended to be an   expression of the artist’s understanding of the essence of the natural object or creatures being painted. The ink varies from opaque to transparent. These works were not done from models or outside  but were done from the memory  of observations of nature. Traditional brushstroke   forms were inspired by  other artwork.   Rather than being an  effort to capture the actual physical detail of the items being painted the intention was to capture the essence. The elements of chance and spontaneity were highly valued in the Southern style. Chinese brush painting intends to cause you to stop and  take notice of nature and of the beauty of flowers rocks and animals  and the earth and our connection to it. The underlying principle of energy or “Chi”  the life force which permeates all things  and Yin and yang the balance of active and passive  energies are the most important concepts behind Chinese brush painting. The materials used were the ink and brushes of the calligrapher.
   dragonfly  The  elements  of art and principles of art in the Chinese  culture include strong emphasis on  the arrangement of objects and the placement of bright and dark, dense and sparse, far and near, full and empty space  The art must be full of energy, life and movement.

This one is done  with a mouse using  fade out and fade in settings  in the brush variance pallette. This does not  work as well as having a pressure sensitive graphics  pen but it does roughly approximate  a spontanious  Ink and brush effect.

With Thanks, in  memory of  Bong Wai Chen, a great  artist
who encouraged  a  child and was kind to  my grandmother

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