First of all, I would like to thank all who visit my site, and say that I greatly appreciate all the positive feedback and support that I am receiving, whether it is in in regards to my art and learning materials on the Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, or the artistic projects that I am developing.
As you can see, I have completely overhauled the Ryuurui's Art Studio website, and gave it a new look and feel. I did that for a few reasons. One was that I have created so many calligraphy and photography art for past few years, that it was simply too much to post it all, and too confusing for you to navigate through. So, I removed all the galleries and created a portfolio tab instead, which shows the scope of the art that I create. All the artwork that was in my art gallery is not gone from the internet forever. I will be republishing my art in the blog section, with educational articles and interesting information for all of you who wish to learn more not only about Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, but also the art photography.
In regards to the learning tab of this website, I will keep all the information as it is, but I will reorganise it in a way to accommodate some room for photography tutorials and tips. It is highly possible I will also start sharing some information regarding photography post processing, software and so on, especiall;y that I am venturing now into the HDR photography, photoshop art, composite photography, and so on.
In addition, my art will also focus on merging the ancient world of Japanese and Chinese calligraphy with the digital photography and digital art. Naturally, I am still involved in studying classical calligraphy and research, calligraphy exhibitions in Japan, etc., so there is no change in this area, it simply gets expanded.
I had some questions regarding my publications. My book on etymology of Chinese characters and Japanese kanji is complete (volume 1), and my Japanese literary agent is in the process of suggesting the book for publishing houses in Japan. My poetry book should be published this year, I have the entire text ready, I am now deciding on which calligraphy art I should add to it. In regards to my calligraphy book - this will have to wait, for two reasons. One is that I have two calligraphy books written. The first one is more philosophical and the other one is more factual and history related. I am considering combining them both into one volume, and at the moment I simply do not have the time to do this. I plan on finishing it after I am done with publishing the poetry tome.
In regards to other projects of mine. The Japan in photography now has a new blog. It will be a daily photo blog with pictures of my travels around Japan, and short articles with interesting facts regarding Japanese culture, traditions, interesting places, events, and so on. Majority of those photos can be purchased in a form of fine art prints at my store on Fine Art America. I have large plans for Japan in photography in motion, but it is still in early stages, so I will share more when it is all ready to go. The digital art store area will also be expanded.
Ryuurui Foto Studio is a site exclusively for my work as a commercial photographer in Japan, which purpose will probably remain unchanged.
Last but not least, the Ink Treasures project, which we have started last year with the ink painter Mariusz Szmerdt. The project was on hold for a while, but we are already discussing its future, including rebuilding the site to give it a new look and more focus on the artwork.
This will be a very busy year for me, but since it is The Year of the Horse, I think it should be. If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or wishes to share his or her thoughts in regards to any of my projects, please feel free to leave you comment below, or contact me at email@example.com.
In modern times tattoos have become a fashion. The trouble is that they cannot be easily removed, unless they are temporarry herbal tattoos. Chinese writing and Japanese kanji fascinate millions of Westerners, and they are often chosen for a tattoo design. Alas, not many people understand Chinese writing, and even fewer can write Chinese or Japanese calligraphy.
I often see tattos based on computer fonts, or pseudo-calligraphy tattos, which scar the skin forever. Worse than that, many Japanese or Chinese tattos have fundamental mistakes. Many Chinese characters can look nearly identical, yet they bear completely different meaning. Phrases and idioms can have symbolic or hidden meanings, of which understanding requires knowledge of the language of Chinese characters. Words can have multiple meanings, which often leads to confusion. There are many things that can go wrong in a process of getting a Chinese tattoo.
Ryuurui's Art Studio offers professional Chinese and Japanese calligraphy tattoo desings, ranging from 1 characters to a full body design, including a consultation, translations, and suggestions. For more details please read here.
Photo: Heart Sutra in standard script, a copy of a Chinese classic by Ouyang Xun, Tang dynasty . Model: Asuka. Model: Asuka. This photo is avaialable as prints in my store.
I would like to invite you all to my new store front at fine Art America.
You can purchase there prints of my art works in various format (canvas, metal, acrylic prints, photo prints, smart phone and iphone cases, etc.).
I plan on introducing several galleries there. there will be a few galleries devoted to my photography art, including calligraphy body art, and Japan in photography projects. I will also upload my calligraphy art in various formats and on various backgrounds. Possibly, There is also a gallery for my calligraphy and photography art project.
Japan in photography will be split into several categories, which will follow the order of the galleries on my new website www.japan-in-photography.com. I will also add links from each of the gallery on the website to a respective gallery in my store on Fina Art America.
I am already working on expanding the offer (which will possibly involve other similar online stores and galleries), and types of items in the store.
You can comment on my artworks in the store, by logging in with your facebook account, which makes things easier. There are also share buttons. Like, share, and enjoy!
Many people ask me what is the purpose of my Chinese & Japanese calligraphy body art? What do I want to achieve or express through it? Some say, "oh so is this like in the movie Pillow Book by Greenway?"
Well, when I started to create calligraphy body art, I was not aware of the existance of the Pillow Book movie at all. Someone told me about it, I watched it in fragments and regretted that I did. I should have known better, that it will be nothing else but some intellectual sweat, with a depressing theme lurking in the background, like a phantom of lost yawn.
So what is the purpose of my calligraphy body art? Well, I am not sure that art needs a purpouse. It is such a journey to combine the arts of Chinese calligraphy with photography, and the beauty of woman's body. I absolutely love it. And what is more important for an artist than to enjoy the act of creation.
The essence of calligraphy is not what you write, but how it is written. The energy and living spirt of the brush strokes, the composition, etc. Those are the crucial factors of a good calligraphy. When my teacher judges a calligraphy work, he starts from the composition, white space arrangement, character structure, meaning at the very end. If the calligraphy is written by a skilled artist, one does not need to understand what is written, to be able to feel its power. In calligraphy body art I adjust the composition to the natural curves of femal'e body, I blend both natural fenomena into one piece of art.
I often use the Heart Sutra (or other sutra texts) text in my body art. Why? I love it. I love writing it, I love the message, and it calms me down when I write it. There is some unexplainable magic to it. And if someone asks me "why do you do that?", I reply: Heart Sutra can be written for protection. It protect the sexiness from fading away.
Calligraphy line curves, and so does the female body. They talk to each other. Writing on skin is like designing a landscape. All elements must compliment one another, and stay in perfect harmony. Each person has a different character, so different writing style or calligraphy script can be chosen. Writing itself is not easy either. The skin moves, it is uneven, and the ink used is different than the traditional ink. It is all a great practice, too.
Last but not least, I can tell you that body art calligraphy could be seen as a form of therapy. Chinese calligraphy studies are proven to be one of the most effective form of meditation and prolonging life, even more effective than Tai Chi. It is curious, that every single model tells me the same thing; "I loved the the brush tip movement on the skin. It was so soothing." If the text is long, such as Heart Sutra, and it takes a considerable amount of time to write, they simply doze off.
Woman`s body is one of the most beautiful and enchanting creations on Earth. Body art is a type of art that is create on or with (as a medium) a human body (source: Wikipedia).
Some of the body art I have seen i was absolutely amazing. Human imagination is a bottomless vessel indeed. However, the calligraphy body art (I am referring here to Chinese calligraphy or Japanese calligraphy body art) is not a very popular subject.
This may be due to the fact that not many people study the traditional art of Far Eastern calligraphy, or perhaps because those who do study it are of a senior age, and erotic body art is slightly ahead of their times or taste.
The concept of my body art project is simply to amplify and complement woman`s natural beauty by a few or a few thousand brush strokes. The subject of my art and photography is a merge of those two. By "dressing" women in Chinese characters, their curves not only speak to our eyes, but also to our soul.
The picture you see here is of my lovely and patient wife (writing alone took 2.5h). I covered her entire body in the text of Heart Sutra (般若心経), which is 268 characters long (without the title). It is one of the most popular, but also one of the most profound sutra texts.
Copying a sutra text is a form of scared meditation, and it supposed to be performed with respect and dignity . I used the famous version attributed to Wang Xizhi (王羲之, 303 - 361 C.E.) of the Jin Dynasty (晉朝, 265 - 420), who is often referred to as the Calligraphy Sage (書聖). The original was written in semi-cursive script (行書).
To see this image in larger format, please visit my body art gallery.
To read the full text of the Heart sutra please see a work in the Ink Treasures gallery, which was co-created by myself and Mariusz Szmerdt (翔隼)
To read more about Ink treasures project, please visit our site.
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