Daily Drawing 853 – Chinese Dragon

Dragon 620 – The other day I got a commission for a Chinese dragon, coincidentally I had planned on drawing one, which of course resulted in me drawing a whole series.

This was the first dragon.

He’s flying in a figure 8 because eight is a lucky number in the Chinese culture. The word for eight in Chinese sounds similar to “prosper” or “wealth”

Red is a symbol of good fortune and joy

Yellow Gold symbolizes neutrality and good luck. For this image I used a metallic yellow gold ink.

The flaming pearl carried by a dragon also symbolizes wealth, good luck, and prosperity.

The five clawed dragons are known as imperial dragons associated only with royalty.

But if I was going to be really precise, Chinese dragons are only supposed to have 117 scales, so this guy has a few too many!


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