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my belated year of the dragon pic :P

for once i have a story for my picture...

in chinese mythology, dragons are associated with water, rivers and seas.
this picture was inspired by an old chinese myth i read when i was a kid. it was kinda like a kipling "how did_____ get its ______". in this case, it was how did china get its rivers.

a long time ago, china had no rivers, so the people had to depend on the rain to water the crops. however, one year, the jade emperor neglected to send down the rain, since he was having such a good time up in heaven.

there were four dragon princes living in the sea at that time, and they had a pretty care-free life, frolicking among the waves. however, things got so bad on land that the cries and wails of the people were heard even under the waves and the princes ventured to take a look.

the land was so parched the crops had died and famine was rampant across the lands. taking pity on the humans, the four dragons flew up to heaven to plead with the jade emperor to send down the rain. their pleas fell on deaf ears, however, and the dragons were sent back down to the ocean.

one of the princes grew angry and suggested that they take the water from the sea and spray it down on to the land. (i guess salt water just made things worse, lol) the dragons tried this for a couple of days, but it just wasn't enough.

finally, the princes decided to sacrifice themselves for the people. going on to the land, they turned themselves into rivers. hence the four great rivers of china were created: Heilongjiang (black dragon river) in the north, the yellow river and the yangtze (changjiang) in the central region and the pearl river in the south.
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puppythedog Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's amazing
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MrWearHatsAlot Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
I wish I could paint that but I have no idea how to paint :( (Sad) :( (Sad) :( (Sad) :( (Sad) :( (Sad) 
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Jassy2012 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Gold Cup by KmyGraphic Congraz you´re Deviation is featured by :iconeyecatchart: have a great day Roses-and-Butterfly by KmyGraphic
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xandraclay Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The story of China's rivers was cool :D (Big Grin) The dragon is huge!
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The-Rmickey Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015   Digital Artist
Woah.... I could only imagine for right now; that I would be able to draw a dragon as beautifully as you *^* 
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UnderworldKnightSkye Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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IdunaHayaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry to inform you someone has taken this, changed the hue and then uploaded it as their own: fav.me/d88hcf3
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Aranphin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
哎,能否问您一个问题,从您开始正式地绘画到创作这幅作品是多长时间?
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princessnyxie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Artist
That's awsome! Keep up the good artwork!
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DaN-JaCk Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done better than any iv seen keep it up
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FoxWriter2 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
I remember the story differently from an old Chinese textbook I studied in school. :P
There was only one dragon,and after he took water to give rain for the people he was found out by the Jade Emperor.The Emperor sent guards/soldiers to look for the dragon and punish him,and so the dragon was devastated.He met with someone who told him the soldiers would come from the land to find him,so his best way to return to his "hiding place" was to climb over the mountains.
After it gave rain and had to climb over the mountains to escape,it was too exhausted and lay down and finally became the Huanghe (Yellow River).
Also the dragon is really beautiful there,love the background :D
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satirique Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Amazing! It seems to be real :P
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing!
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TheFreerider Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
Just incredible 
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Lobensteel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the most amazing images I've ever seen! Your work is inspiring, I just found it recently and decided to join deviant art. :) Thank for sharing! 
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Tamuril2 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Man, you got the Loc Ness monster beat in both majesty and awesomeness.
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RichaCavaille Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Really good. Both things. :D
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Aranphin Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Great art and great story.
我都没听过:D (Big Grin) 
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Absolutely stunning! :0
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Callisata1579 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully created. :)
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Dumitrulangham25 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful Beast 
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Ladyella4 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
AWESOME, a beautiful scene♥
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cassy34230 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
magnificient
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gordhanx Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
This is beautiful! I love the design details, colouring, background and lighting.
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DogloverXD Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful painting! Truly love the way the water flows from the scales... <3
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OraTheRebelKitsune Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent pic! Keep it up! XD
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codie18 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
I love dragon and it looks beuatfull
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terri666 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist
verry nice 
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2125138 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
That looks really cool! I love dragons XD
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BombTheDodongo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Your backgrounds are always so beautiful and amazing.
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ArtisticAngels Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love the movement in this piece and the overall lighting. It's very beautiful :) 
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Hisashiryuu Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
This is used a picture for Ryujin here; japanwithk.blogspot.co.uk/2014…

When I have sorted out my finances, I shall buy this painting.

Thanks for the great piece of artwork!
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ArtSamurai118 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome!
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nragaglia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
cool

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aPhysicist Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This almost made me cry 
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nonganrui Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Majestic...
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AntilogicArt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Love your dragons
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gunneson88 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
awesome
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deliriou599 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013

don't know if you have seen Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki, but this reminded me of that film. The dragon (outside the coloring) looks like Haku. Chihiro would be perfect on the bank reaching out ^_^


Great job, you do amazing work that demands more than a passing glance

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YukiKaminoHIkari Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome! It's so beautiful! 
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sayuri4muu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Cool story. Love dragons even more now!!
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AntonRoks13 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Wow.Just wow. this is the best dragon picture i have ever seen. It has finished my search for an actual good dragon pic out there, so thank you
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rosie2322 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
This is amazing! The way the water drips from the dragon's chin and scales... wow! And the misty background, wow! This is just perfect. 
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Saber-of-the-Sky Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013   Writer
omg the scales! that's the hardest part for me with drawing dragons and you do it so well! nice job!
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Temerita Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love his head and I like the story. The background could be better drawn, but nevertheless it`s a really wonderful picture!
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WarriorOfArt-1141 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student General Artist
aw eym gee
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! 8D
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Awesome:D
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Popcorn111 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's a great legend. I used to think that all dragons were evil.
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CutieKateKat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I LOVE dragons and this is a awesome picture! :)
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