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Shen Hua by Luches Shen Hua by Luches
A painting I did almost a year for Imaginary Redux artbook for IFS. I did some colour corrections do it, so it might look a bit different from the one anyone saw in the artbook.

Title : Shen Hua or in chinese 神画
Meaning (God's painting/drawing) and sound the same as the chinese words for "legend"

This is based on a story I read when I was just a kid. I can't remember the original ending to it, so I just do my own rewrite :D

A talented but poor artist was given a magical brush and ink slab by the Gods of heaven out of pity and out of admiration of his paintings.

Whatever he paint with the brush will come to life, first he painted food to feed his hunger, then he painted a house to have a roof over his head.

Then he painted gold to solve his poverty, but soon the king heard about this and ordered men to seize the brush.

But the artist painted an army which he used to overthrow the King and took the throne for himself. He grew greedy and painted more wealth and his kingdom became more powerful.

But as time past the artist aged and he begin to fear death. On hearing that the mythical creature call the dragon possessed a pearl that can give eternal life, he picked up the brush for one last painting.
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FerrumFlos1st Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
My dad also told me stories about the 'Magic Brush'. According to his interpretation, when the king sends an army to seize the brush, the artist would draw the sea to create tidal waves and engulf the soldiers. He forgot what the ending was and it varies. One involves him using his brush to create the wind under his command to fly away, another would be drawing a boat over the sea to escape, or use the brush to overpower the king, take throne, used his brush to help the people in the kingdom, and then cues the 'they lived happily ever after'.
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darkn2ght Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
reminds me of hua long dian jing^^
i love the awe u create in this piece!
wow, this was for IFS!?cool. u ever sent your works to a magazine with similar name called Imagine FX before^^?
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TheAngelDragon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your story sounds so familiar. I think I've red about it when I was still a kid but I can't remember. Still this is a stunning piece. I love it. I think this piece isn't receiving as much love as it deserves. Only 4000+ views? It should have been at least 10,000 by now!
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muuuhbot Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
Awesome!
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Sangiev Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Hello there,
Your stunning piece of work, has been featured in my latest News Article : Stunning Digital Painting You may find this one, here : [link] So hopefully, you'll have a look at it and enjoy and maybe even a little :+favlove: will be wonderful !
Thanks for your support, again congratz !

Regards,
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Luches Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for the feature :)
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Sangiev Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
:)
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Jonpa Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
.b e a u t i f u l.
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AlexSatriani Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
nice nice
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ArchievalTome Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Ooops :D
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Brilliant!

:lol: I love the background people's reaction :D
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clayscence Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
wow amazing!! the coloring is beautiful
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denniscmhmy Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Wow.. after that? What happen to him?
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XiX-New-One-XiX Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Wow!! simple amazing. i love the lighting, the emotions, the story...... well, basically all of it!! beautiful, Luches
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NiteRAId Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess he really made the right decision of painting a grand being such as a dragon. Maybe he's betting it all out in that one single opportunity.

Amazing Work! And a very intriguing story too!
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Luches Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
yup he is betting everything in
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Dragdar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
The lighting is so dramatic, the artist seems very calm about a dragon ready to devour him xD

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Luches Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
hahah he dint expect the dragon to turn on him, in fact he is actually happy to see the dragon come to life, which do him will mean he is closer to immortality
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Attelocin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
What he should have done is just painted the pearl.
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Luches Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
he tried, but without the dragon, it is just a normal pearl :D
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Attelocin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
I see. Well, bully for him, I guess. Though there can't be a worse way to die; killed by a dragon? Cliche, but hey, if you gotta go...
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V4Lyz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Lovely panting and what a story! Definite fave from me. :)
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Luches Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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MissDudette Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Now, why did you add the girls? It seems to me that the emperor would only be completely focused on the painting...
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Luches Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Because he had fallen deep. Power and glory is just bits of what he wanted and desired.

As this last painting is quite big, as we can see, he shifted his bedroom and "harem" in :p
And he is quite the professional artist I will say, totally focused :p
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MissDudette Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
I see. It is a huge painting and he definitely needs total concentration for something that big.
Did he survive? Just curious what your opinion is. I personally think he's a goner.

Anyway, splendid job, my dear boy, well done indeed. :D
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Luches Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
hehe it is up to the viewers whether he survive or not.
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MissDudette Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Ah, man! Rats...
Anywho, this is one amazing work of art! :)
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Luches Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :D
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MissDudette Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Most welcome! :hug:
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