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Gung Hay Fat Choy

January 27th, 2006

Ripley wishes you a Happy (Chinese lunar) New Year, it’s the year of the dog.
Which is pretty much every year, around here.
My friend Armand Frasco asked me if I might be doing a drawing in my Moleskine for the annual event and I told him that I most likely would. So if you haven’t been over to Moleskinerie today, you should take a look at his China links.

Drawing details:
This was drawn and painted in my Cahier-sized Moleskine, which I mentioned a few days ago. So this drawing is actually 15″ x 10″. I used watercolor Tombow markers for the details on the dragon to save the time of using a small brush. Ripley was painted using my regular tube paints, plus some colored pencils. I added the banners after the dragons using my brush pen, but then looked at it and realized that white banners looked rather bland. At that point there was no choice but to add the color in Photoshop after scanning, or I would have smeared the ink.

11 Comments »

  1. Very cool! Are you going to the Dragon Parade on Saturday 4th? I think I will.

    Comment by Hashi — January 27, 2006 @ 9:56 am
  2. VERY VERY FUN!! And a happy Chinese New Year to you and Ripley!

    Comment by Lin — January 27, 2006 @ 11:12 am
  3. Hashi, yes I think we probably will if work things don’t interfere …

    Thank you, Lin, and a happy one to you, too!

    Comment by Karen — January 27, 2006 @ 11:15 am
  4. Wow, I love this! Ripley’s got a dragon tongue there! Really a neat page—did the large book have the thick sketchbook type paper?

    Comment by joyce — January 27, 2006 @ 12:31 pm
  5. Joyce, no, unfortunately it’s as thin as the journal paper, so I gessoed the paper first before drawing and painting so it wouldn’t bleed through. But I like the large size.

    Comment by Karen — January 27, 2006 @ 12:34 pm
  6. Both the dragon and the dog look so happy! Ripley = cheerful dragon dog.

    Comment by Liveavatar — January 27, 2006 @ 2:29 pm
  7. woha the dog is so nicely done, tho the tongue looks a lil bit too long!

    Comment by James — January 28, 2006 @ 5:20 am
  8. beautiful “illustration”. I love your dog. You did a wonderful portrait there.
    MD

    Comment by Marie-Dom — January 28, 2006 @ 10:36 am
  9. I love this. I think I will head down to Chinatown this week.

    d

    Comment by deb — January 28, 2006 @ 8:39 pm
  10. You’ve really excelled here – the compositional aspects are grand, great balance almost shaped (either knowingly or sub-consciously) to resemble Ying and Yang. The mix of strong colour in the top half and more muted palette down below. Top dog here!!

    Comment by Detlef — January 28, 2006 @ 10:51 pm
  11. Everytime I come back and look at your work I am truly amazed. You give me the drive to keep painting. Thank You!

    Comment by Jan — April 3, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

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