HOW TO PAINT KOI ?Tweet Share
The Koi(carp) is suppose to be an auspicious fish in Chinese culture.
Fish in Chinese has the same sound as ‘surplus’ .
So during Chinese New
Year each and every one will wish each other a year of surplus(年年有余).
Title of the painting-
The title of this piece is ‘Koi jumps over the Dragon Gate’.
If you want to succeed in life you need to jump over or as high as the Dragon Gate, to lend oneself a title of power in the Courts of the emperor.
Method of sketching.
The fish consists of the head, body and tail. It is divided into five parts. The head is
one-fifth of the body
Note the size of the fins. and the position it occupies in the front.
They must be drawn with fan-like wideness to show its powerful jump.
The head has a side view with mouth agape (opened slightly) to gasp for air.
Nose is just a
dot. Note where the gills are. Without gills, the fish will not be able to swim.
Note the whiskers on the side of the mouth.
The scales on the body are drawn with slightly criss-crossed curved lines starting from the spine towards the belly. This shows a 3-D look, a roundness. Dots are made on the scales.
The body has two portions, torso and tail.
Note the sweeping tail. It curls to make a jump.
Tail has a scissor split with lines drawn from top moving in.
From an artist’s view point, art is more beautiful than real life. We can see the works of
Li Ke Ran(李可染）for his ‘black ink’ art, Wu Guan Zhong （吴冠中）for scenery and
Huang Zhou （黄胄）for his donkeys in the Xin Jiang.
All have learnt to draw from ‘being there’, tasting the roughness of life during their life-time.
They could paint with what they see and felt.
As a result we see their paintings in our life time.