This is my version of a Japanese Koi Carp. A fish which is regarded as lucky in China and Japan as a symbol of abundance. The key to painting this is the bold black first stroke down its back.
- With very dry, very black ink and a big brush paint the curved line down the spine. Start at the mouth with a point , bring the brush gradually down onto its belly whilst continuing in a thick line, curving it back towards the tail. With luck and a little judgement you may tail (!) off into flying white.
- Paint the line of the belly in the same manner making sure you break the line to finish the line of the underside of the tail.
- A similarly thick line should be painted for the mouth.
- Add the eye, the fins and the flowing tail in dry black and dark grey.
- Than add the scales, try not to be too regular.
- Add wet shades of grey and orange to the body in an irregular pattern. Use these same colours for the fins and tail.
- Finally paint the water weeds. Add calligraphy and seal.