ink painting features a monkey romping in the leaves. His pink face and hands are finely drawn, whereas the fur
on the rest of his body is executed in an extremely soft, brushy manner. The artist would have used a very fine brush
(usually made of animal hair) to depict the monkey's detailed hands and facial features, and a dry brush to create a realistic
texture for the fur.
in Japanese Ink Paintings
In the 18th and 19th centuries, artists like
Maruyama Okyo and Katsushika Hokusai used live animals and birds as models in order to capture a more animated, natural look for
their painted animals. This mischievous-looking monkey, with its incredibly realistic fur texture and lively facial expression,
was most certainly painted from a live model.