Finished off this Japanese style sleeve this week , koi at the bottom
Dragon koi at the top
One particular legend is the koi fish’s claim to fame. An ancient tale tells of a huge school of golden koi swimming upstream the Yellow River in China. Gaining strength by fighting against the current, the school glimmered as they swam together through the river. When they reached a waterfall at the end of the river, many of the koi turned back, letting the flow of the river carry them away.
The remaining koi refused to give up. Leaping from the depths of the river, they attempted to reach the top of the waterfall to no avail. Their efforts caught the attention of local demons, who mocked their efforts and heightened the waterfall out of malice. After a hundred years of jumping, one koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognized the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a dragon, the image of power and strength.
Been working on this back again , getting through this quicker than expected, working hard on tough customers seems to be the direct route to the finish line ,
More to come on this ,its going down the back of the thighs as a true
back piece , !
the demon that tempted Gautama Buddha by trying to seduce him with the vision of beautiful women who, in various legends, are often said to be Mara’s daughters.In Buddhist cosmology, Mara personifies unwholesome impulses, unskillfulness, the “death”of the spiritual life. He is a tempter, distracting humans from practicing the spiritual life by making mundane things alluring, or the negative seem positive.
Here he is in progress this will be down over the bum to the back of the thighs when completed ,
Some progress shots of two leg sleeves I’ve been working on , oni slaying TIger,foo dog, on one leg,
Raijin and Fujin the Japanese gods of thunder and Wind on the other ,this has all been done rapidly in full day sittings after starting on an arm sleeve last May were now onto leg 2 with some work remaining on leg 1,
This was drawn up for an artwork trade with Tyler Allen Kolvenbach
It’s good to have a motivation to draw outside of homework these days finding the time gets harder and harder , here it is ,