this is a tribute to Zhang Yimou’s movie “Hero” and represents in ink painting, the famous red leaves scene.
This director is already highly appreciated worldwide for providing us with paintings in his scenes. The combat scene between two women, “Flying Snow” and Moon, while being a highly poetic sequence of this movie, also portraits the warrior woman and the role of women in the Oriental mythology.
This piece was drawn first lightly with a pencil on paper an was then realized with layers of “china ink” washes.
The use of ink in visual arts is particularly ancient. Ink painting on silk is a traditional art in China, for instance.
The technique can differe from artist to artist, although the procedure is the exact opposite of oil painting, and one goes from light to dark. There are maily two ways of doing this: the first way is to wet the paper and then add some less and less diluted layers of ink; the second method is to paint with ink and then blend with a clean brush and water. For this piece I used both methods.
The return in the current art trends on chinese and japanese ink makes this medium a widely used, although difficult and highly unforgiving, way of expression in visual art.
© Nicla Rossini 2013. Ink on paper.
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