Painting Dragons with a Single Brush Stroke

The talented Sumie painters from a small studio called Kousyuuya in Nikko, Japan, can paint the body of a dragon with a single stroke of the brush, a technique known as Hitofude Ryuu (Dragon with one stroke)

The studio been around for four generations and have been creating these amazing paintings for decades.

To paint a single dragon, the artists first make the ornate head using a smaller brush. Then, they dip a much larger sumie brush into the desired paint color and simply swipe it across the canvas in one swift movement.


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