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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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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  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. I love the colours, the flow of the composition and I just love Dragons! 
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LaoSati Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Beautiful shapes and colour.
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Amazing work!
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LadyWinter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Beautiful work! I love the movement.
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ichigosoulreaper Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
that is amazing work
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MobiasLombax Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was refrenced in pokemon
Magikarp = Gyaradose
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MARUGE Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic and powerful
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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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BajiquanBear Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Gorgeous work. Thank you for posting.
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