Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year of the Dragon

The Chinese images of dragons are so arresting, so magnificent! Here are some images from the book that I illustrated for Childrens' Press, "The Fourth Question". (Now it is out of print, but I can still find it on Amazon) (Someone please re-publish this, it is such a great story).
I used a lot of research for this River Dragon, from my own photos and trip to China, to museums, and a Chinese cookie tin that I keep because of the dragon on the top.

In this last illustration, do you see the dragon toy that the father is playing with to amuse his baby son? This is a traditional chinese toy,made of paper. I am going to make these with my art classes tomorrow, what fun and so colorful.