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Chrysanthemum Sumi-e - 菊 -

水墨画 菊の描き方


  • 筆先を平らに、少しだけ先を狭めます。
  • 少し濃い薄墨を使います。
  • 花芯に近い花びらは、まだ若く元気が良いので、少し力強く描きます。
  • 筆を紙に下し、半秒程度待ち、そこから筆を払います。半秒待つことで、花びらの先端の色味を表現します。
  • また、平らにした筆先の筆跡が、そのまま花びら先端の丸みを表現します。
  • 少しだけ軸を回転させることで、花びらに曲線を付けます。
  • ただし、筆の動きは直線で、曲げたりはしません。
  • 花芯は、8枚で描きます。軸の回転で、8枚が球体に見えるよう花びらに曲線を付けます。筆を払う方向に注意。全ての花びらが一つの点を目指しているように描きます。
  • 外側の花びらは、花芯より長く。花びらの根元は全て中心に。
  • 菊の花の形は、横長、ダイヤモンド型に収まるように描きます。

  • 一つの葉は、8回で描きます。
  • 全て中心から葉の先端へ筆を動かします。
  • 最初は、葉の最上部の部分、次に中、最後に最下部の部分。


Chrysanthemum, wow we call it 'Kiku'. Too long word to remember in English :)

Anyway, the chrysanthemum recalls me of the funeral. At the funeral, the photo of the dead is displayed surrounded with lots of small yellow chrysanthemum.

The word for 'kiiku', chrysanthemum in Japan, was used for the name(both boys and girls ) until seventy or eighty year's ago(the grand father age). There is a Kitano's film called 'KIKU-jiro no Natsu', the summer of KIKU-jiro. Jiro is often used for the second sun's name.

So, what I want to say here, the chrysanthemum is not pop or cute flower which you might not choose ones for the girlfriend's birthday gift. 


1. Petal :

  • Light ink with small squared the tip  of the hair of the brush(fude-saki). You squeeze fudesaki after dipping the ink.
  • The squared fudesaki depict the round tip of the petal.
  • Draw the center part of the flower. This part of the flower still like a bud, so the drawing stroke must be  short and hard touch. It has little curving and sweeping at the last part of stroke.
  • You take a half breath at the first touch of fudesaki on the paper. That moment gives the round shape of the petal tip and more importantly the blacker color of the tip.
  • Eight strokes for the center part.

2. Surrounding petals :

  • Petals around the center are longer and winding.
  • The shape of fudesaki is the same as well.
  • Every stroke must be toward the center. Think the real petals are connected at the center and each petal grow from the one point.
  • 3. Leaves :
  • Almost the same as asagao leaves drawing.
  • One leaf is depicted by eight strokes. Top left, middle left, the bottom, the middle right, then top right.  Two for each small part of leaves.
  • The bottom part ; You bring the body of the brush (jiku) down toward yourself at the last move of the stroke. At that time,  the body part of fude hair must touch on the paper. You pull fude up, then the round shape will show up. That is the tip of the leaf. Use fude as a stamp.
  • Wash fude.
  • Bend the fude hair on the cloth.
  • Put the very black ink on the ink stone on the behind of the bent fuse hair.
  • Then, draw the thin vein line on the leaf.
  • The line won't show up until the ink becomes dry.
  • Draw lighter black leaves behind very black one.  Remember, draw black one first.


  • Wash fude and bend the fude hair on the cloth.
  • Put the very black ink on the ink stone.
  • Draw stem lines. 

Here's drawing video.

Enjoy :)

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