The essence of Sumi Painting or sumi-e lies in its simple beauty. The age old techniques enable the artist to express himself extremely economically, portraying shapes and ideas in simple brush strokes and dots. Using black sumi ink, and occasionally other colours, brush stokes are kept to a minimum and outlines are frequently suggested rather than actually drawn, The carefully placed strokes and shadowing together with the clever use of space combine to produce the delicate effects which characterise this art form. Practice and experience will lead to greater brush control which is essential in order to achieve the subtle tones and effects which convey the images so beautifully.

Clear instructions and diagrams make this book easy to follow and there are designs to copy or use as a basis for new ideas. Advice is given on the correct tools, basic techniques, contrasting tones and shading, while in certain cases numbered diagrams show the order and direction of each brush stroke needed to build up the picture.

With a little practice anyone can master the techniques and appreciate the beauty of Sumi painting

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Authored by Takahiko Mikami and published by David & Charles of London in 1985. Hard cover bound, this First English Edition is in Very Good condition, and covered in plastic with a Very Good dust jacket. The size of the book is 264x190x15mm. ISBN 0715386859.

139 pp. Dust jacket is slightly tanned on front; slightly scuffed on top front edge. Book is slightly discoloured on inside edges. Instructions to p 34; b&w reproductions with captions on the opposite page to end.