カテゴリー別アーカイブ: English

Saury Fish – Sumi-e

Saury, san-ma in Japanese, is one of Japanese favorite fish in autumn for dinner. It has a strong thin body and silver and blue colored. It is like sharpened swards. San-ma is depicted by three Chinese characters which means Autumn, sward, fish.

水墨画 秋刀魚 "Sanma"

Tips :

Eye and face :

Draw the eye first.
Make a brush for thin line drawing.
Then, draw the outline.

Back top :

Put the very black ink into the brush.
Then, draw a big and strong line from the point above the eye to the tail.
This line is the very important part of the saury drawing.

Fin :

Again, prepare your brush for the thin line drawing.
Add tail fin and other fin.

Back :

Put “no ink” into the brush. Your brush has only water here.
Then, hold the brush horizontally.
Lower the brush into the black line drew before.
Bring down the brush with keeping your brush horizontally.
Keep your brush position and bring it down.
So that you can get bleeding effect.

Dots.

Make your brush for the thin line drawing.
Put the very black ink in the brush.
Then, just put down the brush on paper in order to stump the ink.

Chrysanthemum Sumi-e

Chrysanthemum - 菊 -

Chrysanthemum, wow we call it ‘Kiku’. Too long word to remember in English 🙂

Anyway, the chrysanthemum recalls me of the funeral. At the funeral, the photo of the dead is displayed surrounded with lots of small yellow chrysanthemum.

The word for ‘kiiku’, chrysanthemum in Japan, was used for the name(both boys and girls ) until seventy or eighty year’s ago(the grand father age). There is a Kitano’s film called ‘KIKU-jiro no Natsu’, the summer of KIKU-jiro. Jiro is often used for the second sun’s name.

So, what I want to say here, the chrysanthemum is not pop or cute flower which you might not choose ones for the girlfriend’s birthday gift.

 Tips:

1. Petal :

  • Light ink with small squared the tip  of the hair of the brush(fude-saki). You squeeze fudesaki after dipping the ink.
  • The squared fudesaki depict the round tip of the petal.
  • Draw the center part of the flower. This part of the flower still like a bud, so the drawing stroke must be  short and hard touch. It has little curving and sweeping at the last part of stroke.
  • You take a half breath at the first touch of fudesaki on the paper. That moment gives the round shape of the petal tip and more importantly the blacker color of the tip.
  • Eight strokes for the center part.

2. Surrounding petals :

  • Petals around the center are longer and winding.
  • The shape of fudesaki is the same as well.
  • Every stroke must be toward the center. Think the real petals are connected at the center and each petal grow from the one point.

3. Leaves :

  • Almost the same as asagao leaves drawing.
  • One leaf is depicted by eight strokes. Top left, middle left, the bottom, the middle right, then top right.  Two for each small part of leaves.
  • The bottom part ; You bring the body of the brush (jiku) down toward yourself at the last move of the stroke. At that time,  the body part of fude hair must touch on the paper. You pull fude up, then the round shape will show up. That is the tip of the leaf. Use fude as a stamp.
  • Wash fude.
  • Bend the fude hair on the cloth.
  • Put the very black ink on the ink stone on the behind of the bent fuse hair.
  • Then, draw the thin vein line on the leaf.
  • The line won’t show up until the ink becomes dry.
  • Draw lighter black leaves behind very black one.  Remember, draw black one first.

Stems:

  • Wash fude and bend the fude hair on the cloth.
  • Put the very black ink on the ink stone.
  • Draw stem lines. 

Enjoy 🙂

Kazu Shimura Contemporary Sumi-e Exhibition

Kazu Shimura

‘Transcodism’ come to Tokyo.
Till July 27th Friday at Kamiya-cho Restrants, Escriba.(Five minutes walk from Roppongi)
This restaurant is on the five minutes walk from the Tokyo Tower. You can get great night view from the roof top terrace.
Enjoy your drift in the deep Tokyo night. 

Here’s detail info from the gallery blog.

Shimura KAZU is a SUMI-E artist. He creates traditional sumi-e works
at his studio in Akasaka (Tokyo) and he also creates digital photo works
by technique that takes pictures of original his sumi-e works in resent
years.

“SUMI-E is the platform for transcodes of your
immanence” His digital photo works are created by this concept. In
sumi-e technique, asymmetry composition and the vacant space provokes
provoke communication.

Sumi-e colors itself by the memory of viewer. For instance a maple
leaf in sumi-e colors either yellow or green depending on what you saw.

“TRANSCODISM” series are created by the action that past memory
transcode to future image in brain of audience. And “TRANSCODISM” is the
key point of this digital era and it changes the way of communication.
“TRANSCODISM” is the art initiative that reflects this social change.

This
SUMI-E photo art that descendant from traditional Asian art field are
attracted by audienceof art fair in Europe since 2009. And Shimura KAZU
pursues his study how does Internet give transformation to media, then 
he has 2 books to his credit.

Venue: 

June 30 – July 27, 2012
at Restaurant ESCRIBA (Map) 
2-2-12 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone.03-5545-5450
Open hour: Lunch; 11:00 – 15:00, Tea time; 15:00 – 17:00, Dinner; 17:00 – 23:30
Closed: Sunday and National Holidays
"ESCRIBA"
is a roof top restaurant where you can get nice view of Tokyo Tower and
the best herb cocktails. It serves pastas, pizza or Spanish tapas.

so, join to get tasty art and dishes collaboration and dig into the blue sea night. 
Contact to : Gallery KITAI    info@kitaikikaku.co.jp 

Three hour Sumi-e Basic Course Tokyo

Hi there, for some requests,
I build up a very basic hands-on private sumi-e course.
You don’t bring anything.
Just jump in this sumi ink smoky world 🙂

Price: 10,500 JPY –
All supply included (ink, paper, brushes)
Three hour course
Available from one person
English spoken (I will teach 🙂

Please feel free to contact Cognoscenti Japan by e-mail ( info@cognoscenti.jp ) . They will help you set up the time schedule.

Sumi-e Basic Course

Sumi-e is the simple minimalism way to depict the nature around.

With the black lines and the gradation of sumi ink on the white paper, you can relax and refresh with the deep breath.   
This three hour basic sumi-e course allows you to achieve the
sumi-e drawing technique and also the way of thinking of Japanese
tradition.   

1. Sumi-e Introduction (30 minuts)
Learn how to load the sumi ink into the brash hair appropriately
① Sumi Tsukuri
② Fude Tsukuri

2. Line Drawing Technique (60 minutes)
Learn the basic three kind of line drawing technique which allows you to depict the bamboo.
① Choku-Hitsu
② Soku-Hitsu 
③ Sen-Byo

3. Draw the bamboo (90 minutes)
Learn the traditional composition of sumi-e art with the bamboo drawing
① Leaves
② Trunk
③ Small Branch

水墨画個展 TRANSCODISM EXHIBITION

TRANSCODISM

個展します。

・2012年2月25日(土)- 3月10日(土)  休み:日曜、月曜
・12:00 – 19:00 
北井画廊 
・JR高崎線「尾久駅」徒歩5分 地図
・東京都北区昭和町1-9-16 tel 03-5692-6552

宴:2012年3月3日(土)17時 入場無料
FOOD : 山脇りこ@リコズキッチン代官山
自分も居ます。是非お越しください。

Kazu Shimura Exhibition

"TRANSCODISM" welcome home to Tokyo !

・Feb 25th(Sat.) – Mar 10th(Sat.) 2012 : close on Sun&Mon 
・Hour : 12:00 – 19:00
Reception Party:Mar 3rd Sat 17:00-
     *Join us to have a party ! No Invitation needed

・Venue:Gallery KITAI  
1-9-16 Showamachi, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-0011 JAPAN
tel +81-3-5692-6552
MAP

Contemporary Sumi-e Exhibition: ‘TRANSCODISM’ in Tokyo

'Transcodism' in Tokyo

‘Transcodism’ come to Tokyo.
Till June 30th at Kamiya-cho Restrants, Escriba.(Five minuites walk from Roppongi)
This restaurant is just under the Tokyo Tower. You can get great night view from the roof top terrace.
Enjoy your drift in the deep Tokyo night. 

Here’s detail info from the gallery blog.

Shimura KAZU is a SUMI-E artist. He creates traditional sumi-e works at his studio in Akasaka (Tokyo) and he also creates digital photo works by technique that takes pictures of original his sumi-e works in resent years.

“SUMI-E is the platform for transcodes of your immanence” His digital photo works are created by this concept. In sumi-e technique, asymmetry composition and the vacant space provokes provoke communication.

Sumi-e colors itself by the memory of viewer. For instance a maple leaf in sumi-e colors either yellow or green depending on what you saw.

“TRANSCODISM” series are created by the action that past memory transcode to future image in brain of audience. And “TRANSCODISM” is the key point of this digital era and it changes the way of communication. “TRANSCODISM” is the art initiative that reflects this social change.

This SUMI-E photo art that descendant from traditional Asian art field are attracted by audienceof art fair in Europe since 2009. And Shimura KAZU pursues his study how does Internet give transformation to media, then  he has 2 books to his credit.

Venue: 

6th(Mon.),Jun. – 30th(Thu.),Jun.2011
at Restaurant ESCRIBA
2-2-12 Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo tel.03-5545-5450
Open hour: Lunch; 11:00 – 15:00, Tea time; 15:00 – 17:00, Dinner; 17:00 – 23:30
Closed: Sunday and National Holidays
"ESCRIBA" is a roof top restaurant where you can get nice view of Tokyo Tower and the best herb cocktails. It serves pastas, pizza or Spanish tapas.

so, join to get tasty art and dishes collaboration and dig into the blue sea night. 
Contact to : Gallery KITAI    info@kitaikikaku.co.jp

Exhibition

Transcodism

Transcodism

We are living in the transcoding era. Contents, information, communication are encoded, transformed then decoded on many devices to reach people. Music, news or movies are enjoyed with cell phones, TV, or computers. The dualism is no longer enough to understand the world.

In this era, it is the platform where contents can be transcoded along
with distribution or devices people use. The world of fragment needs trans-platform to better understand. 

The transcoding culture changes the way of understanding among people. We like on-demand service, two way communication or social media more than one way like broadcasting. Big media pushing messages is dead and Facebook where users can enjoy loose chatting becomes big.   

In sumi-e technique, asymmetry composition and the vacant space provokes provoke communication. Sumi-e colours itself by the memory of viewer. A maple leaf in sumi-e colours either yellow or green depending on what you saw. Sumi-e is the platform for
transcodes of your immanence.

Transcode is the key point of this digital era and it changes the way of communication. Transcodism is the art initiative that reflects this social change.