Computer-generated Chinese color ink paintings

Der Lor Way*, Wei Jin Lin, Zen-Chung Shih

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Chinese color ink painting is a traditional art form, a non-photorealistic rendering, that is over three thousand years old. Simulating the behavior of Chinese ink is challenging. Various artistic effects of color ink diffusion are analyzed, and a scheme presents how they can be simulated automatically for their computer-generated simulation. The proposed method simulates various tonal expressions on different papers, by employing a Kubelka-Munk model to simulate optical effects. Elucidation of the effect of mixing simulated strokes with different brushes is a significant contribution of the proposed method. Finally, results of this study demonstrate the effectiveness of an interactive painting system. Also, results are compared with genuine ink paintings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1041-1050
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Chinese Institute of Engineers, Transactions of the Chinese Institute of Engineers,Series A/Chung-kuo Kung Ch'eng Hsuch K'an
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • Chinese ink painting
  • Color ink diffusion
  • Kubelka-Munk model
  • Non-photorealistic rendering (NPR)

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