Virtual hairy brush for digital painting and calligraphy

Songhua Xu, Francis C.M. Lau, X. U. Congfu, Pan Yunhe

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The design of user friendly and expressive virtual brush systems for interactive digital painting and calligraphy has attracted a lot of attention and effort in both computer graphics and human-computer interaction circles for a long time. Providing a digital environment for paper-less artwork creation is not only challenging in terms of algorithmic design, but also promising for its potential market values. This paper proposes a novel algorithmic framework for interactive digital painting and calligraphy based a novel virtual hairy brush model. The algorithms in the kernel of our simulation framework are built upon solid modeling techniques. Implementing the algorithms, we have developed a virtual hairy brush prototype system with which end users can interactively produce high-quality digital paintings and calligraphic artwork. (The latest progress of our virtual brush project is reported at the website "".) Copyright by Science in China Press 2005.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-303
Number of pages19
JournalScience in China, Series F: Information Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


  • Digital painting and calligraphy
  • Non-photorealistic rendering
  • Simulation algorithm
  • Solid modeling
  • Virtual hairy brush


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