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Fukuryuu by ErekiSaiko Fukuryuu by ErekiSaiko
Stop *Please don't steal my dragons! They will eat you!Green Dragon 

FORTUNE COOKIIIEEEE!!!! 
Fortune Cookie -Unlucky- WAIT! What? What does that mean!
Backstory time!~
This was a school project from just last semester (that's right! 2015 year of dragons!) The assignment was this- I was given 3 fortune cookies. Then I had to choose 1 and make a piece of art based on it!
So my fortune was really simple, "Luck is on your side today"
I figured since it was such a simple, abstract line, I could interpret it virtually anyway I wanted. My art teacher also had me read an article on the origin of the fortune cookie, after which I figured I would mix both Japanese and Chinese styled art.
I actually put a lot of research into this piece. Not necessarily because I had to, but because even after I found what I needed, I just couldn't stop! Shows you how much I love Asian culture... (Yes, I wrote an 8 page paper on ancient Japan that was only supposed to be 4)

Anyway, to the actual description now...
I chose to symbolize luck through some kind of embodiment... And what better that a dragon! (Fukuryuu means luck dragon in Japanese) Of course, it's gotta be on somethings side... so there's a girl with her Japanese kimono. The dragon has 5 fingers, which is a Chinese trait. Horns signify a male dragon, while the tail fan signifies female... I kinda did that by accident in the initial design but I left it in there because I felt like "Luck" is more of a thing anyway and wouldn't really have a gender. Another cool juxtaposition was it's color scheme, but this one was completely purposeful. White is the color of death, while yellow is a color of reverence. I figured it was really cool to have two colors meaning completely opposite things. Even though luck is on your side, you don't know whether its GOOD or BAD luck, right? 

I'm still really satisfied with how it turned out... I made a few mistakes here and there, and I wish I would've been a bit more proficient in marker techniques at the time, but hey, I still think it's pretty cool. (And totally worth all the luck being/not being on my side jokes hehe...):D (Big Grin) 
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Lalingla Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
Epic Dragon!!!
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ErekiSaiko Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
thanks! :D (Big Grin) 
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kiborgalexic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job on the dragon it's like he actually shines!Clap 
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imbisibol Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that looks so grand! So divine! I really love that pose! The way it curls around itself in such a flowy way. The way the clouds swirl around on top makes it look a bit ominous and terrifying. Also, it portrays the sky's angle a bit, kinda of like a cloud ceiling. Combine that with the ground's angle and that small beautifully dressed girl, then you've got a good sense of enormous that dragon is.

Symbolism aside, I really love the color scheme on the dragon. I think it makes it look like royalty. Perfect for an almighty dragon! 

Awesome stuff man! :w00t:
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ErekiSaiko Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Haha Thanks! :D (Big Grin) 

Im really glad you like the color scheme even without knowing the story behind it. I probably wouldn't have done it that way if I didn't find all of that cool stuff so it's really nice to know that it's appreciated.
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imbisibol Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome man. :D
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AlulaDreamsArt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful artwork! the dragons expression is superb
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ErekiSaiko Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks! I've gotten so many different comments from friends on his expression/what he reminds them of.. One even said lilo and stitch lol!
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AlulaDreamsArt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
ahahha well you did a great job anyways!
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Nidhogge Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
the dragon is awesome, love the colors it has it give it a God-like look :) Great coloring on the whole artwork!
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ErekiSaiko Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks!
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Nidhogge Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome :D !
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AmbergrisElement Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I like the contrast between the soft colors of the girl and water and the warm ones of the dragon in the sky.Lovely work!
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ErekiSaiko Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks!
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Raurim Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Very striking use of color and contrast! Fantastic! :)
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ErekiSaiko Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thx! :D (Big Grin) 
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