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Honor And Beauty: Tiger-Dragon by YanareKu Honor And Beauty: Tiger-Dragon by YanareKu
More sketches again. I swear I'll be posting up some actual full-fledged illustrations soon! I promise!

Anyhow, this is yet another homework assignment. Basically I had to create some kind of transportation for the two characters I created before for the symbiotic characters assignment.

You can find a LOT of tiger and dragon motifs within Asian art and this is particularly true of the Yin Yang where the tiger represents yin (darkness, water, wind, earth, passive traits, and the female aspect) where as the dragon represents yang (light, fire, rain, sky/heavens, active traits, and the male aspect). I decided the national animal and imperial symbol of the kingdom in my magical Korea-land would be a mix of those two creatures and merged a tiger with a standard Chinese dragon.

Thus, Baekho the Tiger-Dragon was born! Baekho gets his name from the White Tiger symbol from Chinese Astronomy. (Also known as Byakko in Japanese and Baihu in Chinese)

Kyu-Hwang eventually learns that poachers have captured a Tiger-Dragon and are either planning to sell it alive to the highest bidder, or slaughter it in order to sell it's highly prised components which are often used in medicines, tonics, and various elixirs. Tiger-Dragons are nearly extinct, and even though there is a ban on hunting them, poachers are making a lot of money selling them on the black market.

This is very similar to our world where despite the tiger's endangered status, various asian countries continue to hunt them down in order to sell their pelts for traditional clothing and their bones/organs/various body parts for random medicines.

Despite Jae-Hwa's protests (she doesn't think they'd be able to free the dragon and escape without getting killed themselves), Kyu-Hwang descends with Jae-Hwa deep into the Black Market to find and liberate the dragon.

I used a scale brush that I got from Obsidian Dawn Resources: [link]
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Larynx13 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist
that is soooo beatiful cute:happybounce: 
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icy7rider Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
wow .... my dream! beautiful! boink!
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YanareKu Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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moxitoxis Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
this is so cool.
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YanareKu Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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moxitoxis Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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Illusioninme Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
amazing, ^^ a beautifull blend of fur and scales.
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RukiRisa-chan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful :love:
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YanareKu Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you~! :3
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RukiRisa-chan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! =D
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