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January 14, 2008
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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!


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 )
SevenObessed77 Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You, good sir, have inspired a fanfic with this. 
Vyrilien Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have I? Please do link! I'm very curious :D (ps I'm a lady cs)
Mechanic-Geisha 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
Vyrilien Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go right ahead :)
Mechanic-Geisha Sep 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you soo much :) I will send you a link to it when its done :)
Vyrilien Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be awesome! :D

KingLigerion 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.
I would like to discuss commissioning work of a similar theme. Can you provide me with the details?
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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