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Earth Rat by Naryu Earth Rat by Naryu
Every year I made a Chinese New Year poster (well ok.. i started it last year) but Im making it a new tradition ;3
So here we go, for the new year, The Earth rat! I tried to incorporate as much symbolizers as I knew, I know traditionally the colours in Chinese are red for luck, but "Earth" didn't look right conveyed as such. The gourds tied to his tail are bottle gourds They are symbols of luck, It is thought that the gourd holds magic nectar which is consumed by many Buddhist deities. Sau, the Chinese god of longevity brandishes the gourd at the end of his staff, this is said to contain the elixir of immortality. The symbol in the background is a Shou, another symbol for longevity (often painted onto the dried gourds) and of course written in Chinese is "恭喜发财" (Happy New years) May the year of the Rat bring Prosperity to all!
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Ela-Hara Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My Brother is Year of the Rat - don't know which one.
Duzloo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
This is wonderful! I love the simplicity in it.
Naryu Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :3 I try to keep things minimal when I am working in illustrator :3
Duzloo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome! Ah yes, illustrator. No wonder! This programm is a tiiiny bit messed up :XD:
Sinwolf666 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student General Artist
So cool! Do you have a Fire Rat? If you do that will totally make my day!
kookybat Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great design, I'm loving those gourds. :)
HareTrinity Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cute!

Unfortunately if I put my rat in a pose like that he'd just flop over, 'cause he's old and lazy (and probably aware that I'd catch him if he fell far).
Kitsune--Rin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is absolutly gorgeous <333 Would you consider selling posters/prints or maybe even shirts of this? You´d have a guaranteed customer <333
Naryu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I do has them as prints :D
[link] and thank you <3<3
gaelicwolf Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Student
GREEN! :D I love it!
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