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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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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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MJWilliam Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :love:
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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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MJWilliam Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Why should I do something I don't enjoy doing?
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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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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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MJWilliam Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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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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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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