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Wolf Aurora Colorful Fantasy Drawing

This artwork is titled “Wolf Aurora”, and features a colorful drawing of an ethereal wolf spirit emerging from the lights of the Aurora Borealis. The drawing was created with Koh-i-noor Gioconda pastel pencils on Strathmore Artagain black paper, and measures 9″ x 12″. The original drawing was created on June 23, 2006.  However, it was improperly stored, and much of the pastel had fallen off of the paper.  So I restored it on August 15, 2018 by going over it again with the same pastel pencils.  The original drawing is very sketchy and rough, and the end result is more refined and polished. Larger versions of this drawing can be seen in my portfolio: Newer Drawing and Original Drawing.

I had just gotten a set of these pastel pencils, and was experimenting with technique, and drew this colorful wolf portrait in blues, greens and violets on black paper. The colors reminded me of the Aurora Borealis. It was originally a quick sketch drawing that was done as a warm up, and to get used to how the pencils worked on the paper.  However, I really liked how it turned out. The very first version, which I do not have a scan of, was missing the eyes. I originalle left the eyes completely black to give it a more “spirit animal” feeling, but later decided that it would look better with eyes.  I had gone back to add the eyes and scan this artwork, so there is actually three versions of this drawing.

Wolf Aurora Old Drawing vs New Drawing

Wolf Aurora Old Drawing vs New Drawing

The reason that I restored it was that I was looking to add higher quality scans of my artwork in my print store, and was going back and rescanning old artworks at a higher DPI.  When I got to this one, I realized I could not scan it as it was, and worked on restoring it so I could scan it.  Since the original was done in 2006, which was 12 years prior, my art skills and style have changed significantly.  I tried to maintain the spirit of the original drawing, but I also ended up correcting some minor flaws, such as the mouth shape and details in the nose. The original scan also cropped out some of the background, so I was able to capture more of the background when I rescanned it, which is why the wolf looks bigger in the first one.  Which version do you prefer?

There is not really any deep meaning or inspiration for this drawing. I really like cool colors, and had just gotten this great black paper which worked very well with pastel pencils.  I loved drawing wolves, and wanted to do a cool colorful portrait of a wolf.  I drew the wolf first, then added the various abstract lines to the background, and the end result looked like a wolf spirit in the northern lights.  So I decided to call it Wolf Aurora.

Art Prints, Wall Art, and Other Products

This artwork is available in my online stores too purchase as a fine art print, other wall art options, home decor, clothing, and many other cool products.  Continue reading to learn what products are available with this design in my online stores.

Wolf Aurora Framed Artwork

Wolf Aurora Framed Artwork

Art Prints, Wall Art and Home Decor

You can purchase “Wolf Aurora” in my FineArtAmerica Art Print Store as a fine art print with many choices of size and material, as well as hundreds of options for framing. Choose from paper giclee prints, stretched canvas prints, and prints on metal, wood, and acrylic, as well as tapestries.  Each material comes in a variety of sizes, from 6″ x 8″ to 46″ x 60″.  They can even be cropped to standard sizes for easy framing.  For art prints, choose from eight different paper types and hundreds of options for framing.  Canvas prints come in glossy (recommended) or matte finish, with five different wrap choices, and even the option for framing. Metal prints are printed directly on a 1/16″ sheet of aluminum, and come ready to hang.  Acrylic prints are printed on the back of a 1/4″ sheet of clear high gloss acrylic, and your choice of two mounting options. Wood prints are created by printing the artwork on 3/4″ thick maple wood, and come with d-rings for hanging. Cloth tapestries come in three sizes and are printed on polyester microfiber, and are machine washable.

In this store, you can also choose from many other home decor products and other merchandise.  This artwork is available on cell phone cases, greeting cards, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, tote bags, carry-all pouches, beach and bath towels, t-shirts, coffee mugs, yoga mats, face masks, spiral notebooks, and fleece blankets.  Most products come with multiple size options.

Wolf Aurora pillows

Wolf Aurora throw pillows

Clothing, Home Decor, and Gift Products

If you are looking for something a little different, visit my RedBubble Store. This store has many products not available in my other online store. It carries most of the same products as the previous store (tote bags, pillows, etc) and many more. There are over 40 unique apparel options for men, women and children, including shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, tank tops, dresses, chiffon tops, leggings, mini skirts, and scarves. Die cut vinyl stickers are a popular favorite, and can be stuck on any surface. There are many options for electronics, including laptop sleeves and skins, iPad cases, iPhone cases, Samsung Galaxy cases, and phone wallets. This store does have a selection of wall art, but fewer sizes are available, being limited to 3-4 sizes. But they do have art boards and posters. You can also purchase acrylic blocks, bath mats, wall clocks, coasters, comforters, floor pillows, drawstring bags, face masks in 3 sizes, pinback buttons, die-cut magnets, socks, travel mugs, water bottles, hardcover journals, jigsaw puzzles, and aprons.

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.

Chinese Phoenix and Dragon Mandala

This artwork, titled “Phoenix and Dragon”, was created on September 12, 2007.  It was created with pastel pencils on a sheet of 30″ x 40″ black paper.  It is the largest drawing I have done to date. A larger image can be seen in my portfolio here: Phoenix and Dragon

In this drawing, a silver Chinese Dragon creates a fiery Phoenix Bird from his flames as they fly around a sun mandala among clouds and fire.  In Chinese mythological literature, the dragon represents the Yang, or masculine, and the phoenix represents the Yin, or feminine.  They complement one another and create balance in the universe. When together, they are symbols of marital happiness and harmony.

Phoenix and Dragon

Phoenix and Dragon

This was created when I was really into mandalas, hence the incorporation of the sun mandala in the background.  The dragon and phoenix represent yin and yang, fire and ice, silver and gold.  The dragon itself was based off of Chinese dragons, but drawn in my own style. However, Chinese dragons do not breathe fire, as they are actually associated with water.  The phoenix in the drawing is more in the Western style, rather than the Chinese fenghuang, which is typically more peacock-like in shape and with rainbow colors.  So this drawing can also represent East and West, with the Western Phoenix on the left (west) and Eastern Dragon on the right (east).  The sun mandala in the background also doubles as a compass rose, with the main points (north, south, east, and west) as the larger “flames” of the mandala points.  There are a lot of layers of symbolism in this drawing, and it is open to the interpretation of the viewer.

Above you can see close up views of this drawing.  You can appreciate the metallic sheen of the dragon’s scales, the many colors in the flames, and the details in the sun mandala.

This artwork is currently available in my online stores as an art print and more.  Please read below for more information.

The best place to purchase as an art print is my Pixels.com store.  Here, you can choose from many print options, including giclee paper prints, posters, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and tapestries.  There are hundreds of options for framing and mat colors, and also many sizes to choose from.  You can also get other products such as tote bags, throw pillows, blankets, and coffee mugs.

In my RedBubble Store, this artwork can be purchased on many apparel options, and as a sticker, prints, home decor, and cool gift ideas.