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Climbing the Dragon Gate III by puimun Climbing the Dragon Gate III by puimun
Medium: Watercolors
Size: 6x18 inches
Detail closeups views & prints available here: [link]
Pencil sketch viewable here: [link]

Revisiting the dragon gate theme in this commissioned piece.

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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:icongilraen999:
Gilraen999 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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CorgiFoxi Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I didn't know of this legend, thank you for sharing.  I like how you drew and painted the dragon and the koi fish. The colors you used in here are beautiful too.  Great job!
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Ejderha-Arts Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. I love the colours, the flow of the composition and I just love Dragons! 
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:iconlaosati:
LaoSati Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Beautiful shapes and colour.
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:iconalomhordozo57:
alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Amazing work!
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:iconladywinter:
LadyWinter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Beautiful work! I love the movement.
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:iconichigosoulreaper:
ichigosoulreaper Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
that is amazing work
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:iconmobiaslombax:
MobiasLombax Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was refrenced in pokemon
Magikarp = Gyaradose
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:iconmaruge:
MARUGE Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic and powerful
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:iconsidekicklover22:
sidekicklover22 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student
It would be incredible if you could do a recorded watercolor study, a live stream, or something of the like, I'd love to learn from you, your work is incredible, and detailed in watercolor in ways I didn't imagine capable.
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:iconbajiquanbear:
BajiquanBear Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Gorgeous work. Thank you for posting.
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:iconmoonblackhuntress:
MoonBlackHuntress Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
This is utterly beautiful. I LOVE the facial structure you've put on the dragon.
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:icontomatefrito:
tomatefrito Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I love it, just as every work of yours.
I doesen't seem watercolor at all!

congrats! :D
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:iconstormyhotwolf88:
StormyHotWolf88 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
well that's amazing
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:iconvalkyriechan:
valkyriechan Featured By Owner May 8, 2012   General Artist
i've been silently watching your art for years now. i see how you've used symbols of perfection like the nautilus. thank you for the inspiration, and i'm sure you will Be a dragon in this life.
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:iconmuse-of-wondercats:
Muse-of-WonderCats Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Love this, it's beautiful!
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today --> [link]
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:icontalia-vin:
talia-vin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
firstly, i have loved your artwork since i first joined DA under my very first username so very long ago, and i love seeing your stuff in my inbox : ) secondly, i have a koi tattoo already, and i designed a dragon to go underneath it, sort of in the same positioning as this piece; after reading your description, i'm even more set on it. although, it would make more sense if the dragon was beneath the koi, but.... i'd have to rework the whole design D: anyway, the point of this is to thank you for being so inspirational!
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:iconpuimun:
puimun Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:icontalia-vin:
talia-vin Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are most welcome!
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:icontycoonthewolf:
TycoonTheWolf Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Interface Designer
the colors blend perfectly. plus this matches your story perfectly well done .
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:iconrinthe:
Rinthe Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student
always an inspiration Stephanie!
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:iconkitty-kara:
Kitty-Kara Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
XD
I love this story <3
beautiful colors and contrast btw >.>
very Impressive
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:iconcaryandfrankarts:
CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful painting, love the colors!
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MagpieCatso Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
The way you use colors is so amazing.
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sentrionic Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
i love the work since long time, this one is also compared to other asian/fantasy/creature designs, one of the all time very best omg omg double fav!!!
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:iconkeldain:
Keldain Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Lovely work.
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:iconzombieluffer:
zombieLuffer Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
o.o i love you.
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The-Winged-Warden Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student Writer
Oh wow this is beautiful!! The colors almost seem to be in motion with the flow of the water and the creatures residing in the Yellow River.
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freedomafterlife Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You are a master artist! Brilliant :clap:
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xXNyotaXx Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Love your work sooo hard!! :D
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional
wonderful
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:icongisapizzatto:
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah :faint:
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:icondarkallegiance666:
darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
You've done a beautiful job with this!! :)
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:iconnicole-marie-walker:
Nicole-Marie-Walker Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another beautiful piece. :)
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:iconvetriz:
Vetriz Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
It's so precious :)
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:iconbthslayr:
bthslayr Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
brilliant
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:iconkiomynightmare:
KiomyNightmare Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
This is lovely! I love the way you use water color paint and nice choice of colors :D
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Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your work gets better every time, and it's already incredible! I've never seen anyone with such a mastery over the watercolor medium.
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:iconjoeyv7:
joeyv7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
So beautiful! :icongoldfishplz:
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super dragon carp FTW!

The color contrast alone makes me giddy. Added to that, your attention to tiny details like the fish scales, and your usual wonderful, fluid texturing... Definitely this one is among my favorite among favorites from your gallery. :D
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:iconlonemtnwolf:
Lonemtnwolf Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous :)
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:icondarkendrama:
Darkendrama Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Gorgeous
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:iconjrn-unknown:
JRN-unknown Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it
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:iconrizathepenguin:
Rizathepenguin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
lovely painting with a very nice theme behind it! :heart:
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous painting, Stephanie! :heart:
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:iconyuuza:
Yuuza Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow, amazing dragon :love:
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:iconelementaljess:
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you read "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," by Grace Lin? She uses the theme of the dragon gate. ^_^ Beautiful work, as always.
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:iconwaylien:
Waylien Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Chinese Dragons are just so original & beautiful.
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:iconpendulum-and-fire:
pendulum-and-fire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work is simply stunning.
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