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Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Rat by rebeccawangart Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Rat by rebeccawangart
The first of the Chinese Zodiac Series - the Rat.  2017.08.16.  Drawn with Conte and Derwent pastel pencils on Clairefontane Pastelmat, 9" x 12".

This original drawing is available to purchase through Etsy: www.etsy.com/listing/542143442…




Information on the Rat in the Chinese Zodiac

The Rat (鼠 - Shǔ), sometimes known as the Mouse, is associated with the following years in the Chinese Zodiac: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008, with the next one being in 2020.  Those born in the Year of the Rat are said to be insightful, curious, cautious, and hard working.  Their best match is the rat, dragon or monkey.  They should avoid anyone from the Horse year. 

Their lucky elements are as follows: flower is the lily; colors are blue, green, and gold; numbers are 2, 3, 6, and 8; and direction is West (with northwest and southwest).  Their associated element is water.  Their energy is Yang.

Many people are aware of the zodiac years, but not many know that the Chinese zodiac animals also have corresponding months, days and even hours.  The animals assigned to a month is the inner animal, the day is the true animal, and the hour is the hidden animal. 
 Rats rule the eleventh lunar month, which corresponds to December 7th to January 5th in the solar calendar.  Their season is winter.  Their day is Thursday.  The hour of the rat is from 23:00 – 00:59  (11:00 PM to 12:59 AM).


Information on the Rat animal:

China is home to over a hundred native rodent species (Wikipedia).  Of these, about 20 are considered rats.  The common brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) was originally native to China, and has since spread all over the world.  

On the drawing process:

This is the first time I have used the pastelmat, and I am very impressed.  It can hold as many layers of pastel as the sanded papers, with the added bonus of very little dust.  The only downside is the paper has a tendency to curl.

This came out much differently than I originally planned.   I originally wanted to do a multicolor rat, but for some reason as I was doing it, the colors became more of this red/orange and blue, so I just continued with it.  So I guess it is a fire rat now!  In China, the color red symbolizes good fortune, and the combination of red and gold (yellow) is a common motif in Chinese art.  Future animals in this series will be more multicolored.  Also I had no idea what to do with the background.  I chose greens and blues so that the red/orange would pop. Also, the colors blue and green are good luck for those born into the year of the rat.  I hope it is not too garish.  Lastly, the Chinese character for "rat" I wanted to make look three dimensional, and I hope that I accomplished that.


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Lolliangel00 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work!!! I love the coloring! :heart:
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rebeccawangart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Lolliangel00 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure!<3
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y87arrow Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
nice colours the rat has. I always like blue-red-yellow.
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rebeccawangart Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Tom-Masons-admirer Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eli Shane Jawdrop/Awesome!  WOW! It looks beautiful! Eli Shane Jawdrop/Awesome!

I like your idea of making the entire series  of Chinese Calendar animals! Eli Shane. Chuckle 2

It will be interesting to learn the details about each animal and the main characteristics of people, born under it!Eli Shane. Chuckle 2

Keep it up! Eli Shane. Thumbs up 2 
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rebeccawangart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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Tom-Masons-admirer Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome!Eli Shane. Chuckle 2 
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Professional
sweet 
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rebeccawangart Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Gagisagirl Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Student General Artist
So good :,)
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rebeccawangart Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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