After reading up so much on Chinese aesthetics, I’ve had the desire to try out the principles myself. So yesterday, while travelling on the trains and buses, I whipped out my little notepad and started sketching using my fountain pen. I know… It’s supposed to be a brush, but you can’t possibly carry a brush with ink with you when you’re on the go.
Here’s the initial prototype:
I liked this a lot. Really liked how the lines did a decent job in depicting the mountainous rocks. But I think I spoilt the entire picture by adding the trees and the clouds.
So here’s the second prototype:
I did this in a hurry, so the lines weren’t that well done in representing the mountains.
Here’s the final product, done using one of those Japanese calligraphy brushes. I call this work, “The Tall Mountains of Serenity”:
The scholar, standing at the edge of a clift, contemplates on the vast scenary of mountains and hills before him.
Here’s an attempt at bamboo painting using fountain pen. However, I doubt this really looks like a bamboo tree. I’ve not looked at bamboo trees enough to really know how they look like.
Well, I’ll probably keep trying again. Every train ride presents an opportunity to draw.