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Climbing the Dragon Gate by puimun Climbing the Dragon Gate by puimun
Medium: Watercolors
Size: 12x17 inches
Prints and Original available [link]
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Original sketch available [link]
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In Chinese and Japanese legend the lowly carp spends its life trying to swim up the Yellow River. At the source of the river is a great roaring waterfall. If the koi were able to swim up that waterfall, it would be rewarded and transformed into a dragon. Thus, the koi is a symbol of personal advancement, perseverance, determination in the face of impossible obstacles, and inner strength. The journey of the carp to become a dragon was a metaphor for young scholars passing the Chinese state exams and become a mandarin.
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Supuhstar Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol dA derped
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Lizzie3399 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
it says the image doesn't exist :/
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kxmp Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
image doesn't exist
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JenniferAnneEsposito Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is fantastic!, the most beautiful watercolour paintings i have seen. luv the water colour with watercolors! ^-^ nice job!
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist
wow
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starlitewolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your amazing ;-;
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carnival Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
absolutely amazing illustration of an idea :'3 thanx for sharing!
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Inversidom-Riot Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
your art is really amazing and beautiful
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AnnieGitUrGuns Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
God this is just amazing. Amazing. Your art never ceases to leave me in awe. I have this legend tattooed on me. :)
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weapingwillows Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
love it
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Embrymandre Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love it! :)
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nenuiel Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
At this point I just start repeating myself when I comment on your work. Yet another gorgeous piece! Love the texture and rendering of the water and how it conforms and accents the fluidity of the dragon's form. =D
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Batuxa Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011   Filmographer
I like the contrast between the red dragon swimming in blue-green water and the fluid composition. :)
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The-Indigo-One Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
I love this. I tried to add it to favorites so fast that I didn't even realize it was already in my favorites and it removed it.
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Would it be ok to use this drawing as the icon for a group I am setting up for eastern dragon art? Full reference would be givven in the group information.
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puimun Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Please indicate "copyright Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, [link]"
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ColletteJEllis Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thankyou :)
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BritsMc13 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Wow. I think I like the little bits of mythology you base your art on more than the art, or maybe your art just compliments the myth so well...
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Phoenicopteridae Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
My dad´s always telling me this story when I don´t do my homeworks.
But I love this, it´s so dreamy and mezmerizing.
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Halfy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lovely absulutly lovely
ive always been a big fan of ur painting and ur style
but somehow i think this one toped ur ussual level a bit. i love it
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orafaerygirl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The perspective and colors really draw the eye in, the mood is both wild and yet peaceful, very lovely work, :)
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emera Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
Love the dragon's bony, gnarly hands and feet.
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:iconidkc:
IDKC Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Flipping gorgeous
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Tima-Kamishiro Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
pretty
oh so nice
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Naoe-chan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
:wow: Beautiful :XD: =D
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Lovely!!!
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Moon-Leaf-Studios Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student General Artist
I am truly humbled by your use of the wonderful medium that is watercolour. Spectacular.
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dazhouhui2004 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You truly captured a lot of color in this wonderful piece. :clap: I am loving the sense of movement and motion of the subjects in this work, as well as the background and the sense of beauty of the colors that go from transparent to dark. Right-on beautiful! :clap:
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PaintingSymphony Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Cool job!!!, I love Dragons! XD
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BeaLilian Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Powerful :) I like it...
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The-Bothersome-One Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Your watercolors are very good :D I can't imagine how you come up with all the details and colors to make them look so pretty!
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Chanisya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Amazing ;-; I wish I could see it in person <3
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such incredible motion in this piece! Beautiful and inspiring as always.
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MammaLion Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Nice composition - and getting that kind of richness with watercolor is awesome.
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Tigershark06 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!
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christophercielos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011   Digital Artist
you really never fail..this is awesome!!!..
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CindysArt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!!! So very beautiful! You are so talent and your work is amazing! :love:
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mjays Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Really beautiful... I love your art!
Recently bought a beautiful Astronomic Calendar with your art :heart:
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rice-claire Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
omg I love it!!! :heart: :la: :la:
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dragon-in-night Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In Vietnamese we have same legend, maybe it from Chineses.
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juliacollins89 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
I love the movement of the water. It reminds me of swimming in the ocean when you can't touch the bottom and striving to keep your head above the water.
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skiesofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Photographer
A truly masterful expression of the story, with your own amazing beauty to the art.
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linzeda Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. You are my art idol! *hug* I strive to do such lovely detail like you! Woot! Koi party!
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Nehemet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh wow.
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Eliminate Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Magikarp evolves into Gyarados! Beautiful painting!
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Nehemet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You make me happy. High five!
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Eliminate Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi5!
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greensap Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
It looks like the moon is smiling ...:onfire::)
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AOpossumPuddingPie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork is always so beautiful.
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Steph, cant say anything new: just I LOVE it again!
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