I thought I’d try my hand at drawing a Ho Tai, also called the Laughing Buddha. Unlike commonly assumed, this is not a Chinese representation of the original Buddha (Siddharta Gautama Buddha) but a rather different historical figure. He lived during the 9th Century and was a Buddhist monk. He worked away happily in the monastery kitchens and loved his food but he is not as famous for his prodigious girth as for his kindness and generosity. He often visited local villages and distributed food and gifts to the poor – especially children – becoming something of a Santa Claus type figure depicted carrying a sack full of goodies. After his death he was elevated to god status by the Daoists. It is easy to find all different sizes of Ho Tai figures in shops in your local Chinatown. Now you can impress the proprietor by knowing the correct name! (Note the pronunciation is ho – long o, and tai like tie)
are the foundation of love
but this is my fish!
Following on with the Issa’s cat story, a new haiku from Tom Radcliffe inspired the above comic. Perhaps though, there’s a little regret in that backwards glance – or maybe just confirming a good decision. I think she was only into him for his fish anyway!
This is number three in the Issa’s Cat series. To see them all, click the Issa’s Cat comic category on the side.
Just a doodle today. I was out of town for the weekend and didn’t have time to do any drawings. I’m working on some new stuff though – hoping to surprise and delight etc etc. I think of this girl as the type of spunky heroine who ends up being far too sweet for her own good. As a character type I see her as a bit like Bactine in Lint.