Copybooks for Chinese painting
This price is for four books.
In 1680 a group of painters compiled and published a handbook based on a Ming painter's lesson plan. Because the publication was financially aided by scholar Li Yu, the book was named after Li's residence Mustard Seed Garden. The series have been the most popular copybook since.
Master painter techniques
In 1924 a publisher in Shanghai adopted Western lithography to print the first modern copybook by reproductions of masterpieces in black and white. The book was divided into seven sections - vertical scroll, horizontal scroll, screen, hand scroll, folding fan, round fan and figure. This copy is 2006 edition.
This price is for one book of the series.
The image here shows the flower fascicule. Each page is a colored plate with strokes marked in sequence with arrows, and a short technical instruction along with it.
The training of the Eastern painting starts from making imitations after copybooks. From as early as the seventh century, copybooks in charted practically every stroke that is possible to make for a particular subject, giving beginners plenty of ideas of how a painting is created. The old style copybooks were hand-printed in black and white. The illustrations were transferred and carved in relief on jujube wood and then printed on dampened rice papers that was allowed to dry and thread bind. Thanks to modern printing technology the latest publications feature colored plates that have made the illustration of subtle shade possible.Home | Contact | Rice Paper