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Essential Chinese Brush Painting Books

Jennifer Hess
The list author says: "This is my library of books to assist me in painting better. I have used these books and studied them and try to give a sense of how much value I have received from them."
The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting
The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting
"An essential if you are seriously interested in Chinese Brush painting."
The Chinese Brush Painting Bible: Over 200 Motifs with Step-By-Step Illustrated Instructions
The Chinese Brush Painting Bible: Over 200 Motifs with Step-By-Step Illustrated Instructions
"Great for a beginner and advanced. Excellent reference book with examples for many subjects."
Watercolor: Chinese Brush (How to Draw & Paint)
Watercolor: Chinese Brush (How to Draw & Paint)
"This is an excellent book with a few paintings. Gives you decent step by step directions."
The Art of Chinese Brush Painting: Master the simple techniques and elegant strokes of this traditional art form (Artist's Library)
The Art of Chinese Brush Painting: Master the simple techniques and elegant strokes of this traditional art form (Artist's Library)
"I was not sure how valuable I found this book. It had examples, but they were not as useful as either the Brush bible or the Walter Foster book."
Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too
Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too
"A good introduction for drawing skills. Necessary for gong bi and details applied in freestyle."
Aristocracy of Beauty
Aristocracy of Beauty
"Beautiful fine line school examples of flowers. A Beautiful book."
The Ch'i of the Brush: Capturing the Spirit of Nature with Chinese Brush Painting Techniques
The Ch'i of the Brush: Capturing the Spirit of Nature with Chinese Brush Painting Techniques
"This is a good book. It was helpful for giving good examples and also for giving tips on discovering your own style. Nan Rae does beautiful work."
The Calligrapher's Bible: 100 Complete Alphabets and How to Draw Them
The Calligrapher's Bible: 100 Complete Alphabets and How to Draw Them
"I don't own this book yet, but I have checked it out from my local library. It is worth owning if you are interested in calligraphy."
Snow Painting: Chinese Brush Painting
Snow Painting: Chinese Brush Painting
"I bought this book but have not found it to be really helpful. Perhaps I need more experience and later it will be a great help."