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Lady Sun by MJWilliam Lady Sun by MJWilliam
It's official, I've transitioned to watercolor! :happybounce: It took me a while to accept the fact that oils are just too damn messy and too damn time-consuming. Maybe when my kids are off to college... For now, I've discovered Arches board, and I'm in love with it.

Lady Sun was on my "to paint" list for quite a while (after Lady Valor [link] ). If you've no idea who she is, Lady Sun (or Sun Shangxiang) is a real historical figure, a noble woman in the late Eastern Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history. She received extensive martial arts training, and her female servants were always armed (which was out of the ordinary at the time). She's often depicted as a tomboy. She's also a recurring character in Chinese opera.

This was heavily influenced by traditional Asian textile designs. Watercolors with some inks and acrylics (for the highlights and background outlines). You have to go to the details to see this, but the houses in the background have some gold in them. About 13x18".

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:icon5ofnovember:
5ofnovember Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:thanks:
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:iconlovely-sesshy:
Lovely-Sesshy Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
You have an outstanding gallery, but this drawing particularly caught my attention.
The colors are so vibrant and the mixture of the background similar to asian patterns and the lady is really well done. The details of the patterns are wonderful too, I love it.
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :love:
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:iconjungmeister:
jungmeister Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
HOW COME U DO ALL THE TIME SAME SUBJECT?   DO SOME SCI FI ,HORROR  SURREAL  U KNOW  CHEANGE IT UP?
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Why should I do something I don't enjoy doing?
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:iconjungmeister:
jungmeister Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
OH OK FAIR ENOUGH.  I DUNNO EVEN FOR ME I TRY TO DRAW SOMETING I DONT LIEK JUST TO TEST MYSELF  IF I AM CAN DRAW OTHER THINGS . IF IM MORE COMPLETE ARTIST
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I know where you're coming from. I use my sketchbook for that. But as I do this for a living I also have to deliver what market demands.
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fairychamber Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is just breathtaking. You've painted so many details it's a pleasure to watch and see what all eyes can find. Story of the lady sun sounds very intresting also.
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconmashimoshi:
Mashimoshi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013   General Artist
OMG WHY ARE YOU SO GOOD!!!? This gives me the chills! I love how colourful it looks the vibrant colours. How did you do that? Can I achieve that with coloured pencils? Did you use references for the pattern on her dress?
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the kind comments! :iconiloveit-plz: I use Schmincke watercolors, which have very bright colors (pricey though). I have a large collection of pictures of traditional fabrics, which I use for reference, but I like to mix up the patterns.
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:iconmashimoshi:
Mashimoshi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013   General Artist
No problem!!!! :D
Thanks for letting me know ^^
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starlight2infinity Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
:wow: stunning art Dear :clap::rose:
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconstarlight2infinity:
starlight2infinity Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Welcome dear :heart:
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:iconkiriya:
Kiriya Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
perfect!
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:thanks:
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:iconladywinter:
LadyWinter Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Again, your attention to detail is mind-blowing! :wow: I love how colorful it is. Everything looks wonderful. :heart:
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the kind comments! :heart:
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:iconladywinter:
LadyWinter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
You're very welcome! :blowkiss:
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ChinusMetallicus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
AMAZING
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:thanks: :love:
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JaiAnarkali Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exquisite! Did you ever find your arches board "bowing inwards" at any time during painting? I began to use it recently and find that even when it's secured to the drawing board, the first few washes make it morph into a salsa chip. :/ would you know of any way to fix that?

Thank you and as always, masterful, clean and unique work!
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Hmm, mine doesn't do that. Are you using cold or hot press? I've only used cold press. I also add very gentle washes, so that may be it.

A good trick I learned for oil painting is, bind your board to a same-size foamboard by the edges using acid-free artist's tape. That turns it into a really sturdy thick painting surface. :)
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:iconjaianarkali:
JaiAnarkali Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's hotpress...and I think too much water was the problem...taped the heck out of it onto foamboard, so I'll see if that makes it better! Thanks! :D
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! And good luck! :heart:
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OugonFrog Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Gorgeous, so vibrant and clean !
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Brandee-Ssj-Doll Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely extraordinary!
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:iconminda-mouse:
Minda-Mouse Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa! This is watercolour? It is so neat and bright, that is really well done! It is so beautiful and detailed!
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It actually has some inks in it (the outlines and the house roofs in the back). :D
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lachsfilet Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
this looks very beautiful!
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:icona-falcon-velazquez:
A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Composition is mindblowing! Wonderful work.
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:iconyukitaka:
YukiTaka Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
One a word, stunning.
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:iconshannonvalentine:
ShannonValentine Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow - simply stunning! Love all the intricate patterns. Gorgeous work!
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:iconamberrant:
Amberrant Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite gorgeous.
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:iconfabism:
fabiSm Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
wow!
amazing artwork!
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconannathelle26:
Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So many colors and details. I'm blown away!:wow:
Magnificent!:love:
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconannathelle26:
Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome!^^
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW! So colorful!
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:thanks: :)
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A complicated painting. Well executed!
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yw :)
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Truesoe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Spectacular !!!
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:thanks:
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TheMagicianLord Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Writer
Very beautiful and stunning, with incredible detail. As a Chinese immigrant, this really brings back memories. Tell me, how did you ever self-teach yourself with results like this?
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I've just been doing this for a very long time, since I was a small child. Lots of practice, I suppose. :D :heart:
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