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Shen Hua

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By Luches   |   
A painting I did almost a year for Imaginary Redux artbook for IFS. I did some colour corrections do it, so it might look a bit different from the one anyone saw in the artbook.

Title : Shen Hua or in chinese 神画
Meaning (God's painting/drawing) and sound the same as the chinese words for "legend"

This is based on a story I read when I was just a kid. I can't remember the original ending to it, so I just do my own rewrite :D

A talented but poor artist was given a magical brush and ink slab by the Gods of heaven out of pity and out of admiration of his paintings.

Whatever he paint with the brush will come to life, first he painted food to feed his hunger, then he painted a house to have a roof over his head.

Then he painted gold to solve his poverty, but soon the king heard about this and ordered men to seize the brush.

But the artist painted an army which he used to overthrow the King and took the throne for himself. He grew greedy and painted more wealth and his kingdom became more powerful.

But as time past the artist aged and he begin to fear death. On hearing that the mythical creature call the dragon possessed a pearl that can give eternal life, he picked up the brush for one last painting.
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FerrumFlos1stHobbyist General Artist
My dad also told me stories about the 'Magic Brush'. According to his interpretation, when the king sends an army to seize the brush, the artist would draw the sea to create tidal waves and engulf the soldiers. He forgot what the ending was and it varies. One involves him using his brush to create the wind under his command to fly away, another would be drawing a boat over the sea to escape, or use the brush to overpower the king, take throne, used his brush to help the people in the kingdom, and then cues the 'they lived happily ever after'.
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reminds me of hua long dian jing^^
i love the awe u create in this piece!
wow, this was for IFS!?cool. u ever sent your works to a magazine with similar name called Imagine FX before^^?
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TheAngelDragonHobbyist Digital Artist
Your story sounds so familiar. I think I've red about it when I was still a kid but I can't remember. Still this is a stunning piece. I love it. I think this piece isn't receiving as much love as it deserves. Only 4000+ views? It should have been at least 10,000 by now!
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Hello there,
Your stunning piece of work, has been featured in my latest News Article : Stunning Digital Painting You may find this one, here : [link] So hopefully, you'll have a look at it and enjoy and maybe even a little :+favlove: will be wonderful !
Thanks for your support, again congratz !

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LuchesProfessional Digital Artist
thank you for the feature :)
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.b e a u t i f u l.
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AlexSatrianiProfessional Filmographer
nice nice
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ArchievalTomeHobbyist Writer
Ooops :D
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:lol: I love the background people's reaction :D
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clayscenceProfessional Digital Artist
wow amazing!! the coloring is beautiful
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Wow.. after that? What happen to him?
XiX-New-One-XiX's avatar
Wow!! simple amazing. i love the lighting, the emotions, the story...... well, basically all of it!! beautiful, Luches
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NiteRAIdHobbyist Digital Artist
I guess he really made the right decision of painting a grand being such as a dragon. Maybe he's betting it all out in that one single opportunity.

Amazing Work! And a very intriguing story too!
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LuchesProfessional Digital Artist
yup he is betting everything in
Dragdar's avatar
The lighting is so dramatic, the artist seems very calm about a dragon ready to devour him xD

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LuchesProfessional Digital Artist
hahah he dint expect the dragon to turn on him, in fact he is actually happy to see the dragon come to life, which do him will mean he is closer to immortality
Attelocin's avatar
What he should have done is just painted the pearl.
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LuchesProfessional Digital Artist
he tried, but without the dragon, it is just a normal pearl :D
Attelocin's avatar
I see. Well, bully for him, I guess. Though there can't be a worse way to die; killed by a dragon? Cliche, but hey, if you gotta go...
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Lovely panting and what a story! Definite fave from me. :)
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LuchesProfessional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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Now, why did you add the girls? It seems to me that the emperor would only be completely focused on the painting...
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