Work In Progress: Chinese Zodiac Animals

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Chinese Zodiac Animals - Year of the Rat sketch

Chinese Zodiac Animals – Year of the Rat sketch

Hello all!  I have an exciting new project I am working on now!  As soon as I am finished with my current commissions, I will be doing a series of Chinese Zodiac Animals in my colorful style!  Starting with the rat, of which I have the sketch displayed above.

This is exciting and I cannot wait to get started!  This is a project I have been thinking about doing for a while.  As I make progress in this series, I will post them here for everyone to see. I created a new gallery just for these colorful zodiac animals here: Chinese Zodiac Animals.

The Chinese Zodiac Animals are a fun project which I have wanted to do for a while now. This is a project everyone can enjoy! These animals will be drawn with my signature style of full saturation rainbow colors!  The animals themselves will all be animals that are native to China.  For example, for the Ox I will use the Asian Water Buffalo.  This will create a unique spin on a very common subject in art.

  The Chinese zodiac is called 生肖 or Shēngxiào in Mandarin Chinese. Everyone has a zodiac animal under which they were born, and that animal has specific traits that are said to guide that person’s development, personality and relationships.  Everyone is familiar with the zodiac animals representing the year of birth (which starts on Chinese New Year, which is in February).  However, many people are not aware that you have an animal corresponding to the month (called inner animals), day (true animals), and even hour (secret animals) of your birth.  Thus, everyone actually has four animals representing them.

The twelve animals are as follows: the rat (or mouse), ox (cow), tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat (or sheep), monkey, rooster, dog, and pig (boar).  

I hope you all will enjoy this project as much as I have creating it!

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