Digital "Chinese Brush Paintings" Here
are a few of my efforts to paint digital versions of
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.
Some 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
In Psp 8 and 9 you can set brush variances to blend the
background colors. this lets you apply blends of colors in one
When you have a graphics pen and tablet you can set your PSP8
brush variances to take advantage of the pens' pressure sensitivity.
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
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
applied to the finished painting helps give it that brush painted
look. A fine silk texture gives a fairly traditional look.
Here 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
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.
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
of Bong Wai
Chen, a great artist
who encouraged a child and was kind to my grandmother