What's Gong Bi Painting 工筆畫？By Sally Huang-Nissen
The following criteria are used to judge the quality of a Gong Bi Painting:
- The ink brush outline must show appropriate ink tones and a variety of accurate lines with varying thickness to reflect the aliveness of the subject matter.
- When applying pigment or ink to a painting, the light and shadow, concave and convex area must reflect the structure of the subject matter so it becomes three dimensional.
- An important skill in Gong Bi painting is a smooth wash to spread the colors so that the transition from dark to light is gradual and smooth.
- The intensity and depth of color is achieved through multiple applications of paint (water/pigment/ink) layer after layer.