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Chinese New Year WATER DRAGON by sonialeong Chinese New Year WATER DRAGON by sonialeong
So this is what has taken up my spare time for the past 3 days. KONG HEI, KONG HEI!

(And to my non-Cantonese therefore probably Mandarin speakers... GONG XI, GONG XI!)

Wishing you all luck and prosperity in this Water Dragon Year!

I always try to do something for Chinese New Year, but some years I get too busy around Jan/Feb to be able to. This time though, this composition and idea was kicking about in my head for a couple of weeks, and seeing as I'm back in Thailand and Malaysia over the Chinese New Year for the first time in AAAAaaaages on holiday, I thought I would have the perfect opportunity :3

So instead of a pretty girl, HAVE A PRETTY MAN. He is painting, but the water dragon comes alive :D :D :D

Done in Paint Tool Sai from start to finish. Um, took me a while over the past few days, but I used grisaille method (all the shading first, then colours).

Enjoy, I hope.
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CatherineDaydreamer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Cool!!!
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you ^^
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DaniMiruku Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved it!
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you :)
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Saviroosje Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh wow! Amazing done! Just, so amazed xD this is really good! :heart: great job on like everything!
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you so much ^^
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:iconsaviroosje:
Saviroosje Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you're very welcome!
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:iconsephirayne:
Sephirayne Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love this. So striking and I love the colours.
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yay, thankies :D
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:iconsephirayne:
Sephirayne Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome ;)
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Sameunagi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really good! I specifically like the way you shaded and added gloss.
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! ^^
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:iconhakanlover:
Hakanlover Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
WHOA. This is really cool :O
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhakanlover:
Hakanlover Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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:iconteturo:
teturo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Fantastic scene ^_^
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconteturo:
teturo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
My pleasure ^_^
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Naoru Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Its a week late but..Happy new year! What gorgeous picture, I love the flowing composition so much, and the colouring...*drools*
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw, thanks hun :D I spent more time on it than I should have XD But I had the idea of the pic for ages...
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Cool
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconmayalaya:
Mayalaya Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really beautifull piece.
The way you've made it shine - I'm very impressed.
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you :D
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dragongirl1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Absolutely Gorgeous picture. :D
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :D
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KittyStardraco Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i need that paint brush
this is a such a magical piece the colours work really well together
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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:iconsameunagi:
Sameunagi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
blinded by awesomeness...
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you ^^ But don't be blind!
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:iconsameunagi:
Sameunagi Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and it's just a metaphor!
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YFStudio Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is freaking gorgeous. My eyes thank you.
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:iconsonialeong:
sonialeong Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it! ^^
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gliovampire Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Absolutely fantastic! I share it on FB and I added it on my faves and- you know now- just send the man to me so that we can discuss about dragon issues :) :)
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha, I knew that you would like him :D
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gliovampire Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Of course I do! Now, somehow, it has become a family problem -you see my sister likes him too and we had an argument about him and now we don't talk to each other...;)
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ChibiButterfly Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
that's amazing done in SAI!
Happy lunar new year to you from a fire dragon :D
Have a great time away
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh a fire dragon! :D I'm a Water Dog, so I'd like to think of myself as a Labradoodle cross-breed XD Thank you, Xi Nian Kuai Le <3
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Di-Sketch Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my goodness D: this is so beautifull the colooors.. I haven't had time to do my new year picture. BUT I WILL.. and I only hope it's half amazing as this. augh that dragon *3* <3
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sonialeong Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I went a little nuts on the colours XD rather than thinking, "Hmm, is this actually harmonious visually?" I was like, "No, this year is Water Dragon, lucky and auspicious colours are Red, Gold/Yellow for New Year, then Green and Blue for the elemental Dragon, must follow superstition!!!" XD XD XD I blame my mum.

It's been a while since I've done a dragon, especially a Chinese style one! I'm glad you like it :D And you must let me know when you get your pic done!
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Di-Sketch Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god I love the chinese new year. Like. Ok I'm just an orient nut but. I always like the chinese new year better than the traditional european one. xD

I drew something last year for the - rabbit. I think? So yeah. Looking forward to drawing a chinese water dragon <3
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