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Tiger and Bamboo

Step-by-step how to paint tiger and bamboo

Course Description

About this manual

In this lesson manual you will learn how to paint tiger and bamboo with Japanese ink and a touch of colour.

In Asian art the tiger represents courage, strength and bravery. He is one of the only animals that can wonder within the thick high bamboo forest which is its natural dwelling habitat.

The lesson is divided in three parts with simple instructions for you to follow and create your very own beautiful paintings. Each part has additional compositions for you to practice in a more free style, based on the step-by-step part. The lesson also includes notes on tigers in Japanese art history, as well as short meditations to enhance your contemplative mode as you practice.

In the introductory part you will find details for your workspace and tools and materials used in this art form. You can source these from a recommended suppliers list included at the end of the manual.

In the first part you will learn step-by-step how to paint a head of a tiger with correct proportion to train your eye to view what it sees and not what it think it sees. Included in this part two additional tiger’s head composition for you to practice. This will help you for the more complex tiger paintings to follow.

The second part explores painting practice of a sitting tiger with few brush strokes. The first practice is inspired by a small paintings by master ink painter of the 18th C. Ogata Kōrin. This part also includes basic strokes for painting bamboo leaves, branches, stems and knots. Two additional tiger and bamboo compositions included in this part for you to practice. The first tiger here is in the style of Nagasawa Rosetsu, master ink painter of the 18th C.

In the third part of the lesson, you will learn to paint a walking tiger, using a variety shades of ink, and keeping to the proportion of the head you learned in part one. Here, as well, you will find two additional practice compositions.

In the bonus material of this lesson, included a short writing on a sleeping tiger in one of the oldest Zen ink painting. A final ,free style composition, of a sleeping tiger conclude this lesson.

Using shades of ink and layers of washes, you are invited to explore the beauty of painting this magnificent animal, together with a deeper understanding of its healing qualities and significance in Japanese art history. 

NOTE: This is a working booklet style manual lesson. It is presented as a PDF file and is designed so that you can download, print and bind it as a working booklet to work with.


Highlights of what you will paint

Learn how to paint Tiger and Bamboo

Step-by-step how to paint tiger and bamboo


Meet your teacher

Talia Lehavi is an artist, a practitioner and a teacher of traditional Japanese ink painting. Following years of teaching, her love and passion for this artistic medium has now prompted her to create ArtBrush - online school for the studies of Japanese ink painting. The school is designed for students of all levels, from around the world, who are excited to learn, explore and discover the joy of ink painting and its many facets.

Talia Lehavi Headshot - ArtBrush Japanese Ink Brush Painting Instructor - Artist - London Mallorca Zichron


What our students say about their experience

Olympia - ArtBrush Student

Very detailed and informative course ! I have always been an admirer of Asian traditional painting and this course provided me of an insider's look of this magic world. With the help of Talia and the ARTBRUSH online courses, I have managed to learn, exercise and master special brushwork techniques otherwise unaccesible to me. I also got an overall understanding of the aesthetics around this beautiful world of ink painting.

I totally recommend this!

—  Olympia T. Artist & Writer


Included in this manual

Welcome to your lesson

  1. Your workspace

  2. Tools and materials

  3. Check list

Part I - Head of a tiger

  1. The tiger in Japanese art

  2. How to paint a tiger's head

  3. Soul meditation - Bravery of heart

  4. Tiger head - Two compositions to practice

Part II - Tiger and bamboo

  1. Tigers and bamboo in Japanese art

  2. How to paint bamboo

  3. Little tiger

  4. How to paint a sitting tiger

  5. Soul meditation - Resilience

  6. Tiger and bamboo - Four composition to practice

Part III - Walking tiger

  1. How to paint a walking tiger

  2. Soul meditation - Hidden power of you - Alchemy

  3. Roaring tiger - Composition to practice

Bonus material

  1. The four sleepers - A tiger in a 14th C. Japanese ink painting

  2. Sleeping tiger - Composition to practice

  3. Recommended sources for tools and materials

Learn how to paint Tiger and Bamboo

Step-by-step how to paint tiger and bamboo


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling and as long as ArtBrush is live online, you have unlimited access to the course across any devices you own for as long as you like.

I am a complete beginner. Is this for me?

Yes! The course is designed with beginners and intermediate students in mind, as well as, those who are keen to deepen their knowledge of the field. There are many step-by-step videos that are perfect for anyone just getting started. No previous experience in art or ink painting is required. The course is for mixed-level abilities.

I am a professional artist. Is this for me?

Absolutely! Many professional artists and designers have been studying with Talia and have benefited from the Japanese art and practice aesthetics. The courses offer new ways of observing nature and understanding painting composition and space in a way unique to Japanese ink painting.

How do I enrol on a course?

To enrol on one of the ArtBrush courses, click on any "Enrol" button on this page and complete your purchase. You will need to create an account with us to purchase and access the course. If you already have an account, log in to complete your purchase. Then, you'll have access to the course, and your purchase details will be emailed to you.

Would I need any special tools and materials?

Yes! Please view the short 'check list' video and PDF inside the course for help in setting up your workspace and for preparing your tool-set for the courses. You can choose from a selection of three comprehensive sets of tools and materials available via ArtBrush.

You can do this via the school on:

These sets were all made in Japan and curated by Talia for the school. Each set is of high quality and designed to last a lifetime. Expect up to 2 weeks for delivery, local taxes are not included. Alternatively, depending upon where you are based around the globe, you may get individual tools and materials at your local Japanese/Chinese art supply shop or at some general art supply shops. You can also find online a variety of budget sets. Once you learn and understand about your toolkit, you will be able to easily sort out what you need.

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