Houyi drew his mighty bow (definitely superpower strength required) and shot down one, two, three suns… four, five, six suns… seven, eight, nine, t-
I got part of the idea for this image of Houyi from a picture I found of a statue in Changzhi, China in The Washington Post. It makes quite an impressive image – especially against the backdrop of the solar eclipse… very appropriate! I just read a version of the story where Houyi journeys to the Eastern Sea to shoot down the suns after I drew this picture – I guess it made sense to me that a large body of water would be the safest place to have the suns crash land – so that’s how I drew it! lol
On a more academic note, I have been thinking that the shooting down of the suns could be redressing an excess of yang energy… and of course later on in the story there could be considered an ascendancy of yin… when the moon comes into play… Or perhaps the story can be seen in the end as the final establishment of the power of yang and the banishment of yin to the moon… (and therefore the final overthrow of the ancient matriarchal society in China) Anyone have thoughts on this now or later as the story evolves – I’d love to know!
A great archer, Houyi, came forward and claimed that he could remedy the situation as long as the people would offer him the reward of his choosing. Since no better offers came forward, the people conferred and agreed that this was truly their only hope.
Once, for reasons which are not adequately explained in the histories, ten suns rose in the sky instead of the usual one. As you might expect, this caused considerable suffering. The earth became parched and the crops were quickly burnt up. Because of their great suffering, the people promised to give anything he wished to the one who could solve this terrible problem.
I am trying something a bit different – this is the beginning of a story especially for the autumn season. It is traditionally associated with the mid autumn festival in China. The festival is coming up on October 3rd this year. I am retelling the story very freely from a variety of sources and some personal input – there will be about 10 segments – I hope you enjoy it!
A while ago, I posted a drawing called “companions” which showed a woman taking a nap with her cat. A friend challenged me to do another image of the same woman, this time in front of the tv. Here is the result. It is very low res, unlike the first image so it has a much rougher quality however, I think it is recognizably the same character so that much is a successful experiment.
Just a random doodle today – and one which I actually did almost a year ago! I was just experimenting but I kind of like her expression. It looks like she could be about to speak… firmly and succinctly… lol
Since I drew a girl in a red chef’s hat some time ago, a friend back in Taiwan has wanted me to do her portrait in a similar hat. Unfortunately, I am not good at portraiture and so the result looks like her only in the most general sort of way… besides, with the hat on, I had to show her hair tied back – flying all around like usual didn’t seem to have the right feeling with the hat! … so maybe that’s why it looks more like an older sister at best – oh well!
This Issa’s cat image was inspired by a photo I found on the web. I’ve seen it on more than one post but here’s a site which has some other fun photos to check out – Abnormal Photography. (To see more recent uploads click “home” at the bottom of the page.)