on July 23, 2010
This is the first new Sumi-e book to come out in a while. While it incorporates some material from his earlier books, there is a lot that is new. There are beautiful color photographs of the tools used, and many of step-by-step techniques that I haven't seen in other books. There is a chapter on the relationship between calligraphy and painting, which I have never seen either, in any of the large stack of Sumi-e books I've already acquired, and which is very helpful for those who are at the level to start adding calligraphy to their paintings, as well as for calligraphers who would like to add sumi-e to their skills. (The tools are the same, but the techniques are very different). Painting techniques are thoroughly explored, not just from a technical viewpoint, but also from philosophical and artistical perspectives. There are many beautiful works that the artist has done himself, for inspiration and to illustrate the concepts that are learned in the book. I'm glad this book is in hardback, because it's one I will admire and refer to often. I highly recommend this book, even if you are not an artist and just want to enjoy the paintings.
on June 24, 2011
If you are looking for the modern definitive book on Sumi-e look no further. Comprehensive, beautifully illustrated with Prof. Sato's own work, this is first and foremost a technical manual on the art of ink painting as it's practiced in Japan and China. Demonstrations are numerous and complete in both traditional Sumi-e as well as Suibaku-ga and is profusely illustrated with examples of each. The book includes a DVD in which the author demonstrates in real time various brush strokes and ink application techniques that would be much harder to grasp without the visual element. Additionally included is a concise but very informative equipment survey that, like the rest of the book, is well illustrated with full color photographs; AND the DVD is worth the price on it's own.
on December 29, 2013
Serious & Thoughtful, this book combines a Zen physical energy approach with essential brush steps and progressive options for painting Japanese ink & wash, or sumi-e. The book is of adequate size for visibility and sharing, the content is expansive in range of skill. The layout clearly details this presentation that is complemented by the well paced and meditative DVD. The DVD makes for a good teaching tool. Thank you Mr Sato.
on September 2, 2015
Seriously an amazing and helpful book--even in Kindle format! For kindle, the PC version is much easier to read and follow. Honestly, this is just the book I have been looking for! Beautiful images, concise explanations of how to hold and move the brush, and even a little history. The videos were extremely helpful as well.