How to Draw a Fish: Find a fish, then put it on paper and finish it.
No, it’s not a joke. It’s a Japanese painting technique (or a recording technique…?). It is called "Fish Tuo" (Yutuo).
As the name implies, it is to press the fish on the paper and print out the appearance of the fish. Don’t mention it, the effect is really good…
At the beginning, it was a means for Japanese fishermen to record what fish they caught, how big the fish was, who caught it, and so on. It was the same as taking pictures and sending out circles of friends for the fish we caught nowadays.
How can we record it quickly? Without a camera, drawing is too slow. Fish smells bad when they are finished. As a result, rubbing has become a very convenient form, simple, convenient, but also very real.
Later, cultured fishermen will leave their own marks on the fish rubbings. Occasionally, they will have poems and songs to record their mood at that time (I like a big fish, I am too bullish to feed), or reflect the local customs and customs in literature and art (the fish here is so big, so happy)…
Under the tradition of Japanese craftsman culture, Yutuo became more and more beautiful and became an art, and there were also some fishermen who went fishing for the sake of not eating fish but painting fish.
Then you have to ask: Why do you have to go fishing in person? Because fish rubbing must be done when the fish is caught and very fresh. Otherwise, the fish’s body, scales, eyes and so on will change. If it becomes a stale dead fish, the rubbing will not look good.
There are two ways of rubbing: direct and indirect.
Direct rubbing is to wash the fish, put ink on the body, put rice paper on the pia directly, press it, and then take it down carefully.
Indirect rubbing is the same as rubbing inscriptions, covering the fish with a layer of paper, and then using ink across the paper to rubbing. This technique can use more abundant pigments and make more exquisite fish rubbings.
If you do fish development, sea bream and bass, which are relatively flat, are easier to do; but there are also cattle that can do tuna development, which is really… Dazzling skills!
The last step, don’t forget, is to wash the fish and eat it again. (How ritual!)