Japanese Professionals 4 – Drawing dragon with one brush
As we all know (or just a wish for thinking?), it´s a year of Dragon this year. As well as in China, in Japan Dragon is also a good luck charm.
A friend showed me this video. He´s a Sumie (墨絵 / wash drawing) painter and he draws a dragon with one brush. With a delicate movement, he even draws scales of the body. It´s just impressive.
Sumie is a type of painting and the materials they use are almost the same as the ones for calligraphers, however the technic is very different. I can write calligraphy but I´ve never done Sumie although people are little surprised as they think it´s the same thing.
I´ve done little research and have found out this great master of Sumie dragon. The shop is Kousyuuya located in Nikko (日光) and they are specialised in Hitofude Ryuu (一筆龍 / Dragon with one stroke). They´ve been drawing Ryuu for four generations of masters and the man in the video is the current shop owner.
The movement of the brush is just fascinating!
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