I drew this dragon by ‘Kohitu-ga’ that is also called ‘Toyo-saimitu-ga’. This method is one kind of paintings by using black ink. ‘Kohitu-ga’ is popular in Asian countries like China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.
There are two methods of draiwing about Sumi-e, one is ‘Koroku-ho’ that means the technique of painting with an outline and another one is ‘Mokkotsu-ho’ that means the technique of painting without an outline.
(Menso-fude 面相筆) (Mizu-fude 水筆)
On the other hand, ‘Kohitu-ga’ is the technique of making gradation of color or black ink by using ‘Mizu-fude’, after painting with an outline by ‘Menso-fude’ at first. The gradation should be repeated around from two to five times. The gradation of ‘Kohitu-ga’ is to be made on a paper, while the gradation of ‘Mokkotsu-ho’ is to be made in a blush. Therefore, the methods of ‘Kohitu-ga’ and Sumi-e are just different. I have been studying ‘Kohitu-ga’ under a teacher, Ms. Miho Ishizaka since 2009. The work of ‘Kohitu-ga’ takes time, because it is extremely delicate, but I think people would be able to have a lot of fun in drawing ‘Kohitu-ga’ as well as Sumi-e.