Chinese Azure Dragon Pastel Drawing

My pastel drawing “Chinese Azure Dragon” was completed on January 27, 2008.  It is drawn with Koh-i-Noor Gioconda soft pastel pencils on 12″ x 18″ Strathmore Artagain black paper. The drawing features a blue Chinese-style dragon swimming through spiraling mists with a starry background.  This drawing was created during a time when I had many dragon drawings.  I hope to create more Chinese Dragon drawings in the future. It is present in my Fantasy Drawings gallery in my Portfolio. A larger version of the drawing can be seen in my portfolio  here: Chinese Azure Dragon.

Here you can see a closeup view to take in the details. I mostly used a very limited color palette, about 4-5 pencils in the set. I applied many layers of color to get the desired effect.

Chinese Azure Dragon closeup view

Chinese Azure Dragon closeup view

Chinese Dragon Symbolism and History

This artwork is loosely based on the Azure dragon of Chinese mythology.  Known as the 青龍 (Qīnglóng), the Azure dragon, or blue dragon, is one of the four symbols of the Chinese constellations. It represents the season of Spring, the East direction, and the element of wood.  It is also known as the Seiryu in Japan, Cheongnyong in Korea, and Thanh Long in Vietnam.  The Azure dragon appeared on the national flag of China during the Qing dynasty, from 1889-1912.

Chinese dragons in general are water spirits, and have control over rain, floods, and rivers. They are also an auspicious symbol of power and luck, and those born in the Year of the Dragon are said to be blessed with superior leadership abilities and are ambitious and energetic.  Historically the dragon is associated with the emperor of China.

Chinese dragons are highly symbolic, and incorporate the number 9 frequently. They are said to be an amalgam of nine other animals. They have the antlers of a deer, the face of a camel (or crocodile, depending on the source), neck of a snake, belly of a clam, scales of a carp fish, talons of an eagle, paws of a tiger, ears of a cow, and the eyes of a demon. There is a bump on the top of their head called a chimu which allows it to ascend to heaven.  They are said to have exactly 117 scales (9×13).  Most are depicted as having a pearl, which represents wisdom and the moon.  I did not include the pearl in this drawing, since I ran out of room on the paper!


Where to Buy Art Prints and Products

This unique artwork is available for purchase on many different products in my online stores, including wall art, home decor, stationery, office goods, and much more.  Please visit the stores below to see the full range of products.

Chinese Azure Dragon wall art

Chinese Azure Dragon wall art

Art Prints, Wall Art, and Home Decor

If you are looking for high quality wall art prints, then please visit my FineArtAmerica Art Print Store. There, you can select from many types and sizes of art print, including paper giclee prints, canvas prints, and prints on metal, acrylic and wood, as well as cloth tapestries.  There are hundreds of options for framing to choose from.  At this store you can also get the Chinese Azure Dragon design as a tote bag, cell phone case, throw pillow, fleece blanket, duvet cover, shower curtain, hand and bath towels, beach towel, greeting cards, zipper pouches, coffee mug, yoga mat, t-shirt, and face mask.

Chinese Azure Dragon Tote Bag

Chinese Azure Dragon Tote Bag

Gifts, Apparel, and Products

My RedBubble Store has many products not available in my other store.  This includes jigsaw puzzles, vinyl stickers, more apparel options, coasters, kids size face masks, magnets, laptop sleeves, acrylic block, postcards, bath mats, wall clocks, comforters, floor pillow, drawstring bag, pin back button, scarf, socks, travel mug, water bottle, hardcover journal, and aprons.  They also have a good selection of wall art options, as well as other typical home decor items such as tote bags and throw pillows.