Secret Santa for my beloved friend, Chintya a.k.a <333 Here I draw her OC, Chiu with her pets in Chinese theme! Because I really want to draw latern somehow //shoot. No, actually because Chiu is more easy to draw with Chinese concept. But it's true that I like latern <33 Many keys I used to relate it to Chinese atmosphere; red, latern, red candle, Yin-Yang, and Chiu herself. I'm glad it turn alright with that combination~ By the way, I ruined the anathomy. The head isn't symmetry enough. Geez, I'm weak on symmetry work. Maybe I really need to wear glasses now. Finished on Dec 18th with SAI.
Afterall, I hope you would be happy to see this, Chin <33 Thank you for being such a sweet friend. Get stronger from the problems you faced. And don't give up. There are always a buch of friends that would lend their hand for you!
Meaning of Red in Chinese culture Red, corresponding with fire, symbolizes good fortune and joy. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year and other holidays and family gatherings. The red color of the packet symbolizes good luck. Red is strictly forbidden at funerals as it is a traditionally symbolic color of happiness. Source: [link]
Red Latern Lanterns in China are more than lighting devices and red lanterns are regarded as a basic symbol of the Chinese culture, a symbol of brightness, happiness and reunion. Both the gigantic lanterns at the Tiananmen Gate and the small lanterns of a peasant's hut express the same warm, happy and joyous atmosphere. Source: [link]
Yin and Yang In Chinese philosophy, the concept of Yin-Yang, which is often called "yin and yang," in the cultures of Western Civilization -- literally meaning "shadow and light" -- is used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they inter-relate to one other. The concept lies at the origins of many branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy, as well as being a primary guideline of traditional Chinese medicine, and a central principle of different forms of Chinese martial arts and exercise, such as baguazhang, taijiquan (t'ai chi), and qigong (Chi Kung) and of I Ching. Many natural dualities (e.g., dark & light, female & male, low & high, cold & hot, water & fire, etc., etc.,) are thought of as physical manifestations of the yin-yang concept.
Yin and yang are actually complementary -- not opposing -- forces, interacting to form a whole greater than either separate part; in effect, a dynamic system. Everything has both yin and yang aspects, (e.g., shadow cannot exist without light). Either of the two major aspects may manifest more strongly in a particular object, depending on the criterion of the observation. The concept of yin and yang is often symbolized by various forms of the Taijitu symbol, for which it is probably best known in Western cultures. Source: [link]
How supremely appropriate to the current Christmas season! A perfect Chinese approach to the feelings of Christmas, with the red color and red lanterns and candles, all signifying joy and happiness! There is so much peace in the look of Chiu herself, and you reminded her in the description by the Taijitu symbol (Yin-Yang symbol) that dualities pervade life, and that light would not be possible without darkness, good impossible without bad, etc. The sakura-blossoms present there speak a bit to that too, and help a person know that all things must pass.... You worried about asymmetry, and anatomy--in this style of drawing, the symbols and the feeling trump accurate anatomy (and the anatomy here is fine, if simplified) and her head is fine! The presence of her spirit-pets is certainly reassuring too, and adds to this piece's whole feeling of happiness and peace.