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Tradigital mixed media: line art in pen on paper, free-hand digital color in Corel Painter. Done for Enchanted Visions Project's monthly theme "Le Serpent".

For this theme, celebrating the upcoming Year of the Snake, I looked to the East for inspiration and found it in the Chinese folklore of The Tale of the White Serpent from the Song Dynasty. It is a story of love between an immortal spirit of the white snake, Bai Niang (Bai Niang Zi), and a mortal man, Xu Xian. Here, I painted her playing the erhu (Chinese two-string 'violin') to express her feelings for him. (I've played with the costuming in my rendition -- it's more of a Tang Dynasty style. ^^; )

An interesting side story to go with the Tale of the White Serpent: In 1958, Toei Doga released Japan's very first feature-length color animated movie based on the same folklore titled Hakujaden (白蛇伝). Many sources report that young Hayao Miyazaki (17 at the time) was greatly inspired by this film. ^^

More recently, there is a Chinese film based on the same tale, starring Jet Li, called "The Sorcerer and the White Snake" (2011). He plays the monk who comes between the lovers. I have not seen this film -- I'm a big Jet Li fan, so naturally, I want to see it. (It is unfortunate that the reviews I have seen online have not been encouraging... T_T)

Anyhow, wishing everyone a prosperous Year of the Snake (begins Feb. 10)!

©2013 Mitzi Sato-Wiuff/ Aruarian Dancer
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice.
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behzadpainter Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
like the art style
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly.  ^_^
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wichidi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Much attractive grace!  :heart:
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you.  ^_^
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SkyHistoire Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
this is very beautiful :D
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly. ^_^
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newboldworld Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Excellent!   :-)
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly. ^_^
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merry1805 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautifull
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. :D
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:iconmerry1805:
merry1805 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Looks nice
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. ^^
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EvaRusso Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
This is really fabulous: the way your lines flow, the softness of the color. All is beautiful and magic.
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words. :heart: :iconblushplz:
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EvaRusso Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
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gmasiado Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
DEABAK!! all i can say is WOW!!!
♥♥♥
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly. :heart:
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gmasiado Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
no problem ^^ i just love it so much..
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yulii Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
such a lovely piece. :) great job aru!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. :D
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
You have been featured here:
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Please enjoy, fav, and spread the article!
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! *faves the journal*
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Welcomes!
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BlAcKaT94 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow I really love how much info you gave in the description!!! That was all so incredibly interesting!!!
God this picture is so enchanting!!! <3
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Glad to know that you enjoyed the info. I usually do a lot of research when I work on a culturally themed piece like this one. I had as much fun doing the prep work (research) as painting. ^^
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BlAcKaT94 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow thats really so cool!!!!!
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Mitzi :wave:
You've been featured in my journal :heart: [link]
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awww, thank you so much! *faves the journal*
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome, and thank you for the fave :heart:
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful!!!
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Bibi. :heart:
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
always my pleasure :love:
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mangasockattack Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely~
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really terrific work! You've captured everything Oriental here...the delicacy, the beauty. Superb job!
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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Katerina-Art Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful !!!
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Katerina. ^^
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RebeccaBrogden Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
She's beautiful :) I love the pose of her with the erhu.
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, Rebecca. :heart:
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RebeccaBrogden Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome :)
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ken261 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
What a lovely image. :love:
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. :heart:
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oooo, Mitzi, I love it!! It's gorgeous :heart:

Snake is my zodiac sign :D
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, Mayumi. :heart:
Oh, so you are a 年女. I wish you many wonderful things this Snake Year!!
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're most welcome :D
Yup, I'm a 年女. My mom called me to make sure I don't forget throwing beans on 節分の日. :giggle:
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