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Gongbi painting

Updated: 2013-01-04 13:45

Gongbi (Chinese: 工笔) is a careful realist technique in Chinese painting – the opposite of the interpretive and freely expressive xieyi (Chinese :写意) or sketching thoughts styles.

Gongbi requires drawing with fine lines first to represent the exaggerated likenesses of the objects, and then adds washes of ink and color layer by layer so as to approach the perfection of exquisiteness and fine art.

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