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Seiryuu by Vyrilien Seiryuu by Vyrilien
Also known as the Azure Dragon of the East 東方青龍

Seiryuu (or Qing Long in Chinese) is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese Constellation, along with Genbu (Black Tortoise) Byakko (White Tiger) and Suzaku (Red Sparrow). Seiryuu represents the East, the spring season and the element of Wood. (When I painting it I was messing the elements up and thought he was Water, hence the strange depiction)

While I was painting Byakko, I already decided I wanted to make a series out of the Four Symbols. I've always liked the idea of making a series and I thought the Four Symbols were a good start, since it's a relatively short series and features most of my favourite animals/creatures. So here's Seiryuu/Qing Long.

This was hard. Harder than it should have been since I regularly draw dragons. I really wanted him to look like an Asian dragon (long) as he should be. But I kinda failed. His head is more like I typically like to draw dragons. Also, apologies for having used similar colours (of blue) as used in Byakko. I really tried to go for a different colour scheme, but it just didn't work for me. Eheh, that's it for now regarding the critique ^^; I still like it. And as you see, I've abused the dodge tool again (even stronger this time :XD:) and I like how the scales and manes came out :)

Okay, enough info now. I hope you like it!

~Vyrilien

Medium: Painter 2, PS (for the dodge tool), Wacom Tablet

Time taken: My entire Sunday (ten, eleven hours)

Other parts of the Series:

Byakko: [link]
Genbu: [link]
Suzaku: [link]

And a hidden Fifth... :heart:

Huang Long: [link]
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Given 2008-03-14
Seiryuu by ~Vyrilien is a truly beautiful piece, with incredible lighting that gives it an otherworldly feel to it. This is especially fitting as it is symbolic of one of a constellation. The water effect is subtle but beautiful. The entire piece has an unbelievable beauty and flow through and through! ( Suggested by lover-of-the-Drow and Featured by cosmosue )
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URS17010 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Very cool;-)
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maboroshi-no-sekai Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
It's awesome Heart 
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Gaia1390 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
I thought you might want to know that someone seems to have stolen your art here - cleymora.deviantart.com/art/Wa…
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your notification! Supremely helpful :)
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Gaia1390 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Glad to help!
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dDeAdLy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I like every art of yours ^_^ you so Awesome 
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SevenObessed77 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You, good sir, have inspired a fanfic with this. 
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have I? Please do link! I'm very curious :D (ps I'm a lady cs)
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783468734863 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
awesome work
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Mechanic-Geisha Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey do you mind me using this in a photoedit of my profile picture??Of course you will be tagged in credits
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go right ahead :)
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Mechanic-Geisha Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you soo much :) I will send you a link to it when its done :)
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be awesome! :D

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KingLigerion Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Writer
Honestly, despite you having it done "wrong" with the whole "Azure Dragon is supposed to be Wood" I'm more in favor of the Azure Dragon being Water. thus, this pic really brings out that very meaning, being invisible and such. Really stunning. Not to say, Water is my favorite element.
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ghedithunder Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I would like to discuss commissioning work of a similar theme. Can you provide me with the details?
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n4tu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Wallpaper sites loooooove this. Haha. It took me a while to find the original artist, but it was definitely quicker than expected, still. Spirit fingers on google image, perhaps. :)
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap... I was sort of aware it had been floating around in cyberspace for quite time, but this is just...overwhelming. It's funny really. I never expected it would be as well received as it was when I first painted it, but it kinda makes me feel a little proud =P Thanks for linking me that~!
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MissFluttershy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Hey there! You miiiight want to have a look at this:

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Seems like someone has taken a real liking to your work. If you catch my drift.
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those rascally art thieves! Thankfully, in the time that I finally got around to checking my messages, the issue seems to have resolved itself! :D A very big thank you to you though for alerting me; I really appreciate it :heart:
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MissFluttershy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
No problem. :aww: Glad it's sorted.
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angelandbuffy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fushiji Yuugi! That's what it reminds me of. I love it, it's amazing!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :love: I also very much love Fushigi's Yuugi's version of Seiryuu; he looked so beautiful!
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I'm always stunned with how artists create a "glowing" effect. However, you not only did that phenomenally you added another dimension, water. The lighting to make it realistic is incredible. I have no idea how you created this. I've always been fascinated with this type of artwork but too discouraged to actually try and practice it. It just looks far too difficult.

Excellent execution, a well earned DD. (Honestly all of your works are DD worthy. :whisper: :heart:)
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your comment is an absolute joy to read :heart: Thank you for the beautiful words. :hug:

As for trying this, you should! It's not as difficult as it may appear. Most good results just come from experimenting and playing around with tools, figuring out what looks and to make things look better. I find that as long as you don't start painting with a specific result in mind, you end up with better results. This was just one such experiment :) I'd be willing to give you tips if you ever get into digital art. For as much as I can help anyway; I still have much to discover myself :D
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
You're very welcome. It is certainly my pleasure! :glomp:

"It's not as difficult as it may appear." :lmao: I don't even know the proper steps for digital art! Do you know any good tutorials? I've only ever done sketching, acrylics, and pen work when it comes to traditional.

"I find that as long as you don't start painting with a specific result in mind, you end up with better results. "I think that's my problem, how do you get out of that mind-set? :O
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BergischerHammer Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Just wonderful my friend
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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ViolinAndTea Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so awesome!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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ViolinAndTea Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np :3
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leplizz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Im not sure whether this was used with you permission or not but your pic is being printed on laptop bags...

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Just thought I would show you in case it was used without your permission...
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A HUGE thank you for taking the time to notify me. I really, really appreciate that!

No, they don't have my permission. I'm...flabbergasted really. How in the world are they going to print my low-res image on a laptop bag no less. It'll look hideous. Time to write an angry e-mail and hope it'll have an effect, haha.
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kraken14 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
the seller Picture?type=squareFrame_35
Shawnanderson93
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kraken14 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
dude someone is trying to sell this as wall paper and doesn't even know the title personally I'd sue!
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auction ends in about 3 hours!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you SO much for telling me! I can't believe there have been 4 bids on something you can get off of my gallery for free. I will see what I can do about getting the person banned from that site for theft, but I expect there isn't much I can hope for. In any case a massive thanks for the heads-up! Appreciate it
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janraemendoza Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Vyrilien, can I use this for some book cover? I will be editing some parts and put some character arts in it... :)
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello Janrae! It depends really. If your book is going to be published, either online or printed I say no. If the book is personal and only for your own use (ie: not published/used for commercial purposes, but say sharing amongst friends) I'd be okay with you using it as long as I'm properly credited :)
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janraemendoza Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yayy thanks! Sure, I'll do that :D
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Tazunee Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:wow: :clap:
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart: :blush:
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Tazunee Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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natsumoka Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love how the scales are so detailed.
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy you do! Actually I'll tell you that when you zoom in, the scales are just tiny flecks from the acrylics brush with Photoshop's dodge tool painted over them to add the glow. It's very easy! :D
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MelchiahAlex Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I live with people who are fanatical about Asian Dragons, they're literally all over our house. Statues, paintings, carvings, wax figures, glass figures, you name it. To top it all off one of them is a skilled artist and loves to draw even more of them.

With all that in mind, this is hands down the most beautiful Dragon piece I've ever seen. It's truly stunning and so beautifully done.

Thank you for sharing your talent with us!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh I hadn't realized I had not yet replied to this comment yet! I read it a while ago and it made me so very happy that I let it sit in my inbox for a while so I could read it again. It's really SUCH a big compliment; it just made me smile a lot. Thank you again for your amazing words! Truly :heart:
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MelchiahAlex Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
My pleasure, :)

Say, would you mind if I used this as a background on my cellphone?

It's your creation so it's totally up to you, I prefer to ask first is all.

Cheers.
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not a problem! In fact I'd be very honoured :)
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RandomFoxFan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
aw so wow im in AW!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you are~! Thanks :)
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