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Chinese Painting: How to Paint a Lotus Flower

teacher avatar Olga Sumarokova, Chinese painting

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. White Lotus and it's petals to draw

    • 3. Drawing White Lotus flower

    • 4. Ink drawing of leaves and streaks in

    • 5. White Lotus: graphic and color

    • 6. Lotus and arrowhead plants - marshland paradise!

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About This Class

I'd like to paint with you a lotus flower with stem and leaves in traditional Chinese painting.

Lotus is a symbol of life and happiness.

Bright and clean, though it rises out of the mud, it is connected with purity and beauty in China.

Lotus also means perfection; its leaves, flowers and seeds simbolises the whole circle of the Universe.

At the class consisting from five parts we will train to draw a beautiful lotus in different technics, using traditional ink and colors.

The lessons will describe in detail how to draw a white lotus with a contour, and its leaf with a large spot using the "master's brush". You will be able to master the technique of working with traditional Chinese materials. It also shows how to draw a lotus boll and arrowhead aquatic plant.

We will learn how to make different lotus flowers and basic strokes for drawing the stem and it’s petals


You will study and learn:

- to draw petals, buds and stem using Chinese technique

- to make alive lotuses using ink and one color only

- аnd, of course, we will create two wonderful compositions in traditional Chinese technique!

This is a class for more advanced students taught by Olga Sumarokova.



The materials you will need:

-Brushes for xe-i universal of small and middle size
-Chinese ink for painting and calligraphy
-Felt mat

-Small round plate
-Set of mineral paints MARIES palette of 12 colors, or another brand of mintral paints for chinees/japanees painting. (we will make turquoise color of blue and green)
-Paper for xe-i/sumie


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Olga Sumarokova

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1. Introduction: Hello, will pay today a White Lotus flower with stem and leaves. In traditional Chinese painting, law, this is a symbol of life and happiness, right? And clean those traces out from the mod. It is connected with a Puritan beauty in China, law there's also means perfection. It leaves flowers and seed symbolizes the whole circle of the universe. At the class consists of five parts. We will trend to draw a beautiful lotus in black and white technique using traditional ink drawing. Welcome to draw the most mystical and symbolic plant in Chinese art. 2. White Lotus and it's petals to draw: The first lesson about lattice, I will tell you how to make the form of the construction of the plant in general, we always use outline drawing for the White Lotus. So it is a white flower. The line have been not too dark. I'm mixing my black ink with water to gray enough. It is essential. I feel the full body of my brush by ink from the base to the very tip. I need to use my brush is a pencil. Use napkin. So I have to delete extra water and form the thin tip to the brush. Next, it is quite important is to study the way of drawing ludus battle. My brush is in the vertical position. I have a stop at the beginning and doing quite strong and expressive pressure. I draw the petal, different forms. It depends on the side of you look at the plant or also depending on the kind of lattice you may draw wide or narrow petals is depends on the type of the plant. Now, using this movement, I will show how to draw the lotus, but two, I draw a small petal by the base of BAD first and draw a bigger one using the same technique and movement. Now having a BAD, we need to add this tempt to it. It is the second useful movement in lotus drawing techniques. For this, I am taking more bright and concentrated, Inc.. You may use very thin brush for the petals, but for the stem, use another way. The movement of drawing the stem is quite interesting. My movement of the brush is opposite in the beginning. Then I do stop my brush and finally move the brush along the stamp. It makes the stem strong. Each time you draw the flower, do this stem and all this practice, this way of drawing. Now, we will draw a small flower here. No need to try to make it similar to each other. Try to find different condition and position to it. My flower is half closed. Just a flower with the no seed box closed like this. Wide and fed enough. Look different types of petals opening. Later we will talk about it. Another kind of opening, the petal. And right now I add the stamp. We will do each time while drawing the flower. Quite nice if you make your stem cover that beat. Slightly more complicated than the ordinary. Now I will tell you about another petals position from different views. Half-closed, opened unit to train, to draw this kind of petals. And lots of seats. It's this side books with a seats. Now I need to dry my brush very well and make the sides of the, oh my seed box rough enough. The final exercise of these lessons is to add some graphics to the petals. Use this same middle brush or use the thinner one. Lines dry and sleep ongoing from the center. So try to study to draw bots and petals in this way. Next lesson is about the lotus flower in hell and in details. 3. Drawing White Lotus flower: Now let's do a more complicated exercises. As you have studied properly held to draw petals. I offer you to draw the whole flower quite open to make visible lot a seed box. I will start to draw from the front petals using great Inc.. I feel my brush slowly to get ink into the base of the brush. Our I move x string by the napkin. I take more concentrated and dark ink on the brush tip to make our front petals. The first one. Second. And then I do a local sync books using a bit more active color of ink. It's visible from this side. I make ink less dense and draw other petals. Indifferent position. It may be smaller, beaker covered and tone from any side. It's important to make flour non symmetrical and quite complicated. Any number of petals could be in lotus is growing nowadays. So you may express your imagination to draw it. Sleep Apophis enough. I draw a lot of petals to my flower. In, in the flower has stamens. As we have begun to use EEG, we are drawing it in black. Take in concentrated and dry them, brush and draw it as a coma. Making a point with some pressure at light touch off towards bigger or smaller bots. The statements must have the direction to the center of the flower and may across each other. So it's natural. Look how it is in our flower. Don't forget to cross them. Here is the flower. Now we need to add stem to eat. Your brush is vertical and the movement of the brush is reverse. A little bit up and lung opposite direction. Next exercise, I will draw another type, or the lotus seats. Dry, not alive Hesiod's books. Here we use another type of drawing, as we do for everything that dry, rough, old. We fool our brush by active ink and dry very, very well by napkin. We will draw not only with the TPP or the brush. That style of drawing the line we use is not confident. Trembling. My task to reflect the dry and dad condition of the seed box. I do the roof line for it. Now. I draw the side of the brush and the steam that goes to this box is also dry. Remains all the statements. Some extra dots, and do not ignore to add the seeds as itself. Another direction, another view is from the back side. The same dry and dark trembling line. Therefore first and later different reflects and shaders using the back of the brush. Very dry bag brush drawing. This is the seed box from the back with the remains of dry statements on it. Next lesson is about lotus leaf to study all the elements of the flower. Before we begin with a complete composition. 4. Ink drawing of leaves and streaks in : As the lotus leaf is very big and wide, I take these big crush. If you have not the same, you may use any common wide brush, but also big enough. I soak my brush completely. It have to be fueled totally by watered ink. The Chinese paper absorbs ink much, so I need to have my ink diluted enough first and next, drop white phosphorus. For this, you may draw by a pencil or even your finger that sketch over your composition way you leave have to be different pots of the leaf Docker in front and more light on the background. Here, I won't hold my brush vertically. But on contrary, Lee and E2, using this side of it, looks such a large space my bros may cover. And it's also makes gradient drawing. As my ink will come more pale when drying. I take very dark ink into the TPP and start with the foreground leaf. Corvid Guan. Do not afraid to leave some in dots. It's makes your drawing alive and sewage to your picture. I will form now the leaf, it is various enough, not drowned and symmetric. You may leave some places how finished? It is good for see drawing as the painting of ID and depression. I will add some strict to the leaf by dry brush TPP. The wonder of chinese brushes that you may use a single big brush for wide and the lines both. Here, I show how lotto streets looking. Here is the place where the stem is growing and the streaks comes from this center. Something like this. Now, I will draw it. Very important to draw streets while the paper is still wet. Now, dry drawing as it looks on nitrile here. And this term comes, we do not see it onto the leaf here. You may draw it from any direction, but it has to come to this point. It is not in the center more leaf from the left side, you see this is stem. Now we may draw some extra water plants that grow aside locuses, arrowhead leave easy to draw and eats adores and arranges the whole composition. I soap ink into the wide brush and draw such lines, three lines. It may cross each other. The stems of arrowheads us Lima than lotteries has. And its leaves also have streaks. Specific though. I will take smaller brush and bright. To avoid dissolving all the wet paper completely, I need to make my brush absolutely dry. By this same napkin, I delete all the water from it. I draw by the vertical sharp teeth, my arrowheads, streaks from the central or the leave their oldest tricks columns. It is necessary to have a good training of ink drawing before you start using color. So this is the last exercise before we try to combine all the flower pots to the first composition. Waiting for your sketches to check the techniques and give feedback. 5. White Lotus: graphic and color: Let's draw the compensation. If you're a beginner, can we draw this sketch of the main parts of your picture using a common pencil or charcoal. I will start with the leaves as a main composition accent. As you leaves are the most active till parts. It formed the future view or the whole picture. And depending on it, you may choose how many flowers you may add. Not horizontal or a vertical composition. But having some dynamics for from any angle. I will add some color using mix of green and blue. Our pictures mode, grayscale has the color here, is not the main. Lets start with the most dark leaves. Most active tonal points forms your composition. This will be the bright enough foreground leaf. We need to make it less uniform. It's comes from this side of the middle of the paper. It's the first leaf. And now the leaf is under the first one. I will make it folded. So I use more bright ink, adding some color to eat. There prompts side is brighter a bit by using ink and color with the ink from inside. Do not forget to make it less colorful. Picture style is monochromatic more. That is how we see two leaves, one behind another. Some color to the front leaf. To make it bright, we need to add concentrated paying dots. This way. Nike one brush by another. Or adding dots, vive very TPP or the brush that those have to be different, not uniform. Now, the most dark Fatah, the pictures ready? We need to add flowers. Lotus flowers are white, so we draw it using very light gray ink. Better to take a smaller brush. And the first petals. As you'd like Hume may draw petals with a seed box like here. The petals are pale enough, but do not forget to have the brush all this vertically to draw very thin and confident line. This is one flower and one more behind, almost without seeds. Some petals may cross with the front flower. Now we tried to make expressive stems for the owl flowers. Mind that if you'd like to draw more than to, the tone of your stems must be different. Let's mark the middle of the leaf to find. From there, the stem grows. Here. While it is wet. Let's draw some straight to it. For the foreground objects, the line or the stems have to be more bright, pale enough for the bag ground. Nodes brought stem for the flour. To make the composition expressive and less boring, we need to use the organelle decision for the elements. At the end of the diagonal line, we suppose one more flour. It looks down. If it is difficult to draw the flower at the opposite to the normal position, you may totally a picture upside down. This is my flower. Let's add some statements like black dots. They could be very bright. Black. Dry little beat the parts you're going to draw this statements over wise is may give dissolved. Here is the black-white composition with a minimum color coded beginning, grow lotus. Finally. 6. Lotus and arrowhead plants - marshland paradise!: Or this composition, I take more vertical and narrow paper, as narrow as bed to draw the traditional Chinese composition on it. I will prepare more dark ink and start with a leaf as the most central and important compositional point. It is the first that forms all over the bottom of the picture. It is fine if you see just the bottom of the object, not the whole. It is very common for Chinese and Japanese painting. Like an innuendo in the draw, we now have a look. Some parts are all to the frame, out to the border. It's fine. And nothing plane, symmetrical, round or expressive, less boring. Now flowers, let's take some diluted great ink with illegal beat blue at more sharp lotus flower. If you want, you can draw it more profit. If you want, you can make more petals. And the BOD to it, the same color. The brush is always vertical, the unbreakable and rule. And the stem. If we have more than two, use different TO Dhaka to the front and write it to the background. One, I started with the darkest. It is beautiful. Van Stam has got interrupted by the flower petals. Some more graphics to the flower. But to the front most petals use this same gray ink and the same thing brush. To decorate the composition. Let's add some additional plants, like the arrow heads we have started before. It's may form the diagonal and make the composition more expressive. Now my brush isn't legal size and use medium gray ink. Not so dark like for the leaves and not so transparent as we have used for the flowers. Make them not too big. It brings dynamics. Stamps. If the paper is still wet, you may add some dry strokes to make the leaves more nitrile. Quite a difficult composition. We have drone. Help you achieve a good result. Waiting for your pictures to discuss.