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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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:iconlaosati:
Beautiful shapes and colour.
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:iconladywinter:
Beautiful work! I love the movement.
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:iconichigosoulreaper:
that is amazing work
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:iconmobiaslombax:
MobiasLombax Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was refrenced in pokemon
Magikarp = Gyaradose
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:iconmaruge:
MARUGE Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic and powerful
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:iconsidekicklover22:
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:
Gorgeous work. Thank you for posting.
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:iconmoonblackhuntress:
This is utterly beautiful. I LOVE the facial structure you've put on the dragon.
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:icontomatefrito:
I love it, just as every work of yours.
I doesen't seem watercolor at all!

congrats! :D
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