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Between the River and the Forest by moyan Between the River and the Forest by moyan
black chinese calligraphy ink (sumi) on xuan paper. B4 size.

cover for a trilingual haiku zine (slovene-english-japanese), collaboration between ~cmrlj and me.

the zine can be read in my :iconmoyanii: haiku account:

the back illustration for the zine can be viewed in full here:

by #dALinkSystem, i'll like to show the reference photos of those beautiful scenery of river drava, which i based my ink paintings:

Boat on river Drava by ~Lepricon-1501

and Drava by ~MarcusDeKrieg

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Debit Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The soft grey washes used on the water and along the horizon help to provide depth to this scenery.  Meanwhile, the absence of colors and the vast stretch of negative space provide dream-like quality. :+fav: :)
gnohz Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Beautiful strokes! :thumbsup:
shotgunandcookies Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
this is amazing is this ink or watercolor?
moyan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Chinese ink, those meant for brush calligraphy.
shotgunandcookies Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
hats off to you maam. you are very awesome. ive always been curious about chinese ink. do you paint with it the same way you paint with watercolor? whats the difference?
moyan Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
the above net will give you a rough idea of the chinese ink painting method. it's quite different from the western watercolor. :)
shotgunandcookies Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks for the link this will surely come in handy. i use ink as a medium too... but its pen ink. i tried painting with it once... i made a mess. again, thanks for the link  ;)
Runa-Robin Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Amazing work :O
Grytet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Hitori--sama Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Digital Artist
This would be something that I would hang in my living room. Very gorgeous work! It is simplistic but also stunning :)
Ivanmladenovi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good :)
JustCameToSayHello Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
In regards to the December 2012 critique competition:

Moyan, I initially started following you when I saw your digital painting, "I Can Fly!". Though I enjoyed the light embracing feel of that painting, I became more in awe of your traditional chinese style artwork, specifically pieces like this one above.

Your ability to capture the small details one would only notice when looking closely can only be topped by your truly incredible talent in making the painting look simple. The best part (in my opinion) of this style of artwork is finding that simplicity and adding the hidden details, which you have done quite nicely.

If there was anything to say at all about this painting as far as improvements go, I have to say there really is not much that would really improve your skill that I can recommend, although I did notice that the reference picture was incredibly similar to your painting (as it should be). My only critique is that, in order to improve upon yourself, instead of just taking the reference photo and making a similar picture, maybe add or take away something to make it yours. For instance if you had taken this photo and made a painting on just the closest boat and the bushes while keeping your incredible style, I think you might find it very beneficial to your art. Or maybe it is something simpler like adding a bit of color to the trees or water.

Anyways, I am sure this is over 70 words -.- but I was really inspired to do this. All in all I really enjoy seeing your artwork in my inbox, and all of your artwork is really incredible! Thank you for being on dA!
seftonswan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Good work! looks like the west lake at Hangzhou in late autumn
t-mann Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Hello! I really, really like this picture, and it would be awesome if I could use it in one of my interior scene renderings! I currently work on a school project in interior design. Image would be rendered inside the scene in 3d. I will upload the first test render for you to see if I can get your approval :)
moyan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ok please note me when it's up. :)
t-mann Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
veinne Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Photographer
cool. :o
Yusuke-Hitomi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Kawaii :3 :+fav:
LEMONGREENART Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whoah so nice!
fant25 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I love this kind of traditional art, too. :)
Kyouen Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
I really like that this invokes traditional Eastern art. Really beautiful.
ScoutingForGeeks Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
so gorgeous, I love this kind of traditional art
eediah23 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very impressive!!!! Great work
FoulSpartan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Am I the only one who sees a face?
moyan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
No you are not the only one. :)
CozmicTraveler Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful! ='3 And thanks for the llama!
KernaDesign Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I like it, It's very beautiful!
LMonster2 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very beautiful painting.
Skarlet-kitten Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist
really beautiful :love:
wishmakerx Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Artist
Its so WOW! I really like this XDD
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Beautifully simple, love this!
red-mango Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
your art is amazing :D
Ja-Na-Na Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
so beautiful! ^_^
eva-chausheva Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Love it!
dravnofficial Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Gorgeous piece.
luckyheartchan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg its so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i use to love painting like that!
1337NaPo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist
no00r Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very Nice ♥
matissedany Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful :D
glf1993 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
RainingWolfs Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
That's simply beautiful :) well done!
starbg92 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Oh great!!
AiriKanda Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional
AMAZING! :faint:
leonms Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
nicely done
MagicoffMusic Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The black, white and grey contrast makes this drawing super beautiful. It gets your eyes and heart attention immediately. It tracks you right into the environment of the wonderful area. A lake with a boat, trees at the side and in the far back, I see a house and two swans.
You can use your own imagination, where this is. It's super wonderful.

Love it. great job.
AsukaSatochi Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
it's a beautiful draw...
theinfinitee Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Interface Designer
beautiful artworks, your are very good
Keneru92 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
mypreciuuss Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is beautiful. have done just a little with landscapes,probably would be better if practiced them more
JSA Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Wonderful art!!!
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