A Couple of Cranes and a bit more

So this is the last of the animal paintings that I've been doing, depicting a couple of cranes. The basic idea for this painting, which wasn't actually from an actual photo like the other two, was the idea of longevity, which is what cranes symbolize in Chinese culture. So essentially I crammed in as many symbols of longevity into the painting as possible. The pines (and they are meant to be Chinese pine trees), the nine lotuses (with the nine being the main symbol), and the tiny peach floating in the water (and it is a peach just so you know). There's also a few more symbols such as the waterfall (wealth flowing in), the lotus pads (purity? or something). So... Yeah, lots of things that I only have a small understanding of.

I have to say, doing these three paintings was actually a lot of fun, and while I wasn't sure how things were going to turn out I'm pretty happy with what I achieved. Turns out if you can use one medium you can transition to others without too much trouble - though obviously technically speaking there's a lot that could be better (and I wasted a lot of paint doing these).



This is just a quick, somewhat messy (somewhat really messy), illustration from my sketchpad going with the theme of 'natural', which is a somewhat recurring theme for me - this actually has a lot to do with my aversion to drawing straight lines and using a ruler (can't abide them).

I'll try to actually plan out my next illustration just a bit more, i.e. I will actually sketch out the idea first. Ah, all the things they drill into your head in Uni that just gently float away as time passes. Which is kinda sad as good process is the only thing that I really learnt, illustration-wise, from my uni degree - not really true, just an example of hyperbole (sorry, just trying to keep these things in my brain as a reminder before I forget - it just means exaggeration essentially if you weren't sure)

Now for the obligatory little passage (well its an obligation to me anyway and yes I do overuse parentheses):

The soft rustling leaves, the crisp, crunching walk
The blinding red, the welcoming browns
The whispering breeze, the sleeping trees
A time of change for all