A different sort of equine art: Sumi-e

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    09-18-2010, 10:04 PM
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A different sort of equine art: Sumi-e

recent shots 076.jpgHi guys,

This will be my first attempt to post a picture of my artwork. I was so inspired by some of the incredible work I see here that I took out my ink and brush today and messed around. I don't do portraits of horses in that they look like any certain horse. I try to capture, instead, the essence of the spirited horse.
You know, it's not really 'cause I am so good at it but rather I am lazy and impatient and doing the sort of artwork that requires hard work and precision is way over my head.

Ok, I will try and attach this one and gotta take some other shots.
I am a computer idiot . . .
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    09-18-2010, 10:10 PM
Green Broke
It's really good...but what are all the spots?
    09-18-2010, 10:42 PM
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using sumi to draw

The spots are just part of the "action" feeling. YOu know, dust gets kicked up. I dunno. I had been drawing some appalousas, (got too much time on the "appalousas anyone" thread. I would load the brush with some ink and then kind of fling it at the paper. Very freeflowing. What you get, you'll never know.
The paper is a very poor quality paper used for Chinese students to practice their caligraphy on. It's all I had at the time.

I did some t-shirts in a similar style only using 3 colors of permanent crayons on white shirt. They sold promptly at a benefit auction. Wish I had taken a photo before they left me. I am very casual about stuff, **** near everything, including my artwork.
    09-18-2010, 10:44 PM
Green Broke
Oh I get it, it's really good work. Keep going.
    09-18-2010, 11:12 PM
Wow amazing! I love it!
    09-20-2010, 01:42 AM
Really pretty. I really do like it.
    09-20-2010, 09:59 PM
Wow, it's beautiful! I love it. But. I gotta ask. What is 'Sumi-e'? How does it work?
    09-20-2010, 10:03 PM
Wow, I really like your style! Please post more. :)
    09-20-2010, 10:05 PM
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Sumi-e is Japanese ink and brush drawing. I have a stick of ink, and I mean literally a block of ink, that I grind on a stone to make the ink, watered down. In this case , it wasn't strong enough so I had to go back over it with pencil. Then I added some details with pencil and got kind of carried away there.
I like the way Sumi captures action and fluidity. It's a one shot deal. I lay down a line and cannot erase it. So, I have to kind of FEEL the horse's movement , then commit and go. I throw away lots of them, or I get a good one and then, "blob", I get a huge ink blot on it and it's ruined. It's very precarious , but sometimes I get surprising results and since it isn't a perfect likeness to any particular horse, we can all relate. It is " Horseness".
    09-21-2010, 03:03 PM
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more Sumi (ink) drawings

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