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Qilin by SonPan Qilin by SonPan
Ha, finally I can post this! It's a wedding gift for my aunt, who'll get married on october 6th - but I gave it to her yesterday since I won't be seeing her for a while and I can't attend to her wedding. :(
I hope this kind of makes up for it.

Congratulations in advance, anyway! =D

So, yeah. This pic took me over 20 hours of work. Twenty. Hours. I'm so glad I finally finished it - and quite proudly so, I must say. I do hope my aunt and her future husband cherish it!

As for the motif, I wanted to paint a qilin. It's a chinese mythical creature supposed to be a sign of good luck and protection and longevity (and the arrival of a wise leader, but that's irrelevant now XD ), and since my aunt moved to China a few months ago, I though it was fitting. Hydrangea flowers are also a symbol, according to this site, for "expressing love, gratitude, and enlightenment." Plus, they're native to China and seem to grow close to bamboo forests. And they're pretty.

Starting next week, I'll be posting a step-by-step guide of the process to paint this illustration on my blog, so be sure to check it out! :D

Painted with liquid watercolors.


Process part 1: [link]
Process part 2: [link]

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Wow, thanks so much for the DD! *-* And thanks to all those who leave a comment or fav and to all the new watchers! :heart:
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Qilin by ~SonPan ( Featured by STelari )
:iconmantadrifter:
MantaDrifter Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
What a dreamy picture
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:iconpcamenzind:
PCamenzind Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   Writer
That's beautiful <3
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:icon2lren7:
2lren7 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
I really love it you are very talented and I love your imagination
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:iconsonpan:
SonPan Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional
Thank you! ^^
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:iconsoulreaperlady:
SoulReaperlady Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Artist
I hereby add this to my favorites,which I already did...kinda.XD
Nice work by the way.I love Chinese myths and culture!!They're so.....magical.
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:iconsonpan:
SonPan Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional
Thank you! :D
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:iconsoulreaperlady:
SoulReaperlady Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Artist
XD No prob!!
Ich liebe es.
XD
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:iconladychanta:
ladyChanta Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it. well done ^_^ :ahoy:
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:iconladylopter:
LadyLopter Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
stunning
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Lovely work! :heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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Bookexpert Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
JESUS H. CHRIST, ARE YOU THE GOD OF AWSOME ARTWORK OR SOMTHING?:squee::squee::squee::winner: :winner: :winner: :winner: :happybounce::happybounce::happybounce: :worship::worship::worship::worship::worship::worship:
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:iconsonpan:
SonPan Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional
XDDD I highly doubt that. But thanks anyway, you flatter me! :aww:
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:iconbookexpert:
Bookexpert Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;)
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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OoOoOoOmnaOoOoOoO Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
wow beautiful!!!!!!!
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:iconwalkthecreativepath:
walkthecreativepath Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
:iconsootball: :iconsaywow1plz: Congrats on the DD, it's well deserved! :dalove:
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Alpheccca-Cubed Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. Simply beautiful. I love Chinese and other Asian myths so this is a big addition to my interests. Also, I hope your aunt liked it, I know I would.
(Congratulations on the Daily Deviation. It was well earned.)
^_^
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:iconpaconidas:
paconidas Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
how beautiful
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:icongalespider:
GaleSpider Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very impressive!
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:iconferrertriple0:
FerrerTriple0 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful painting, I'm sure your Aunty loved it; things made by the gift-giver themselves are always much more meaningful than something bought from a shop, no matter how beautiful the bought object may be =D
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional
exquisite work

and very fine storytelling
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconlilmimi1:
Lilmimi1 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing and such a great idea and gift! :love:
How big is it?? :D

Congrats on the DD, it's well deserved! :dalove:
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:iconsonpan:
SonPan Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional
Thanks a lot! :aww:
It's actually rather small, about 28 x 12 cm or something like that. :)
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:iconlilmimi1:
Lilmimi1 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, ok - thought it was a huge one. :aww: lol
But it's still very nice! ;)

You are welcome. :tighthug:
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:iconsonpan:
SonPan Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional
Nah, I hardly ever paint on anything bigger than A3 with watercolors... they just dry too fast. The bigger you paint, the harder it is to use that medium. So I prefer small for that. :)
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Lilmimi1 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, that's alright, I can't even use watercolors properly ... :XD:
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DaWonderer Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
great impressive work..
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:iconerdemten:
erdemten Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Photographer
[link] good baby :D
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:iconglassesblu:
GlassesBlu Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What software did you use to make this? :)
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:iconsonpan:
SonPan Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional
None at all, it's painted with liquid watercolors! :D
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:iconglassesblu:
GlassesBlu Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heheh, sorry, my mistake :XD:
I should have read the comments extra carefully.
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:iconsonpan:
SonPan Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional
Haha no probs! :D
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:iconglassesblu:
GlassesBlu Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ignore the above comment.
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:iconvicerineofangels:
VicerineOfAngels Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Writer
Nice design and gorgeous colours! :D
And congratulations on your DD, well deserved!
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:iconlostgryphin:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the colors
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:iconatram95:
atram95 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Stunning work! I love the cool colours and the spirally horns.
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:iconnestharon:
Nestharon Featured By Owner May 14, 2013   Writer
Beautiful gift, and best wishes to your aunt :pray: :)
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:iconbl1zzardst0rm:
bl1zzardst0rm Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
hay nice pic :-) :squee:
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:iconphoenixdestruction:
PhoenixDestruction Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
This is an outstanding feature to the community :huggle:. Well done!
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:iconmangakatt:
Mangakatt Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful, the colours are great
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:iconmilenkadelic:
milenkadelic Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just beautiful. :clap:
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! Congrats on the DD
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AnnaLena250199 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :squee:
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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:iconmarryellen:
MarryEllen Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
this is so beautiful ;_;....sad these creatures don't exist in reality >.<
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:iconsonpan:
SonPan Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional
True... unicorns would be awesome too, right? Oh, and griffons, and dragons... unless they attack us, then they might not be so cool. But anyway, yay for mythical creatures! :D
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Dragon-princess08 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
This is just absolutely beautiful. Something I would expect to see in my dreams...
congrats on the DD :)
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TheGrinDragon Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I love the soothing feeling I get from this. :)

...especially now that I'm in over my head with finals. :dead:
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