While Ning is quite upfront and readily acknowledges that there are no shrimp that actually look like the ones featured in these compositions, he is also just as quick to point out that Shrimp, the subject of this video lesson, make for a wonderful brush painting theme. The very essence of Chinese brush painting is to capture the essential spirit of your subject and learning to paint shrimp does that perfectly by showcasing content appearance through the gradations of color variations and dynamic brush strokes, both essential trademarks of brush painting technique.
In this video lesson with Ning, not only does he detail what materials to use for paper, brushes and colors, but he also provides step-by-step instruction that includes the preparation of the colors, appropriate brush choice for each segment painted, and techniques of brush loading and stroke application. For best results use the following materials, available at OAS.
PAPER - Double Shuen
BRUSHES - Flow, Large Flow, Small Mountain Horse, Large Mountain Horse, Orchid Bamboo Large
COLORS - Chinese Yellow, Indigo, Red, Vermillion / Pelikan White [Da Vinci White] / Winsor Newton Purple Madder [Perylene Violet] / Best Bottle Ink / Water Soluble Glue [to make Glue Water]