Happy Chinese New Year (Illustration Friday: Twirl)

©2012 Sylvia Liu & SJ* 
Baby Dragon twirls her lantern as she wishes you a Happy Chinese New Year of the Dragon!

Just heard on BBC World News that the Year of the Dragon is considered so auspicious that authorities in Hong Kong expect a 10% increase in births this year. My niece was born in 2000, which was considered particularly lucky, being a year of the golden dragon (which occurs every 60 years). I don't believe in horoscopes, Chinese or otherwise, but I find them fun to read about. 

Some famous dragons: Ringo Starr, Dr. Seuss, John Lennon, Helen Keller, Pearl S. Buck, Salvador Dali, Francois Mitterrand, Bruce Lee, Florence Nightingale, Maya Angelou 

*Note: the painted part of the dragon was scanned from a painting my daughter did a couple of years ago when she was 8.

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  1. Love this! Especially the way you have reused your daughter's art - kids do the best paintings! I love the bold use of colour and the way the paper texture gives it an almost scaly appearance.

  2. Thanks for explaining the painted portion. How clever and also a point of pride for your daughter, I'm sure.
    This baby dragon twirler is both appealing and clever- Not threatening but also not the least shy.Somehow that comes through in the eyes and posture.

  3. I love all the colors in the dragon! What a great way to use your daughter's art, and to collaborate on a piece.

  4. Love that you included your daughter's artwork in this piece! Makes a great illustration that much more meaningful that it was a collaboration.

  5. I love that you included your daughter's art in this piece. I enjoy it even more knowing that. I'm glad you shared that detail.

  6. This is awesome, love the painted part...fantastic idea!

  7. What a fabulous dragon!! I love all the bright colors.


  8. I think this little dragon is just precious! So cute Sylvia well done. I couldn't even think of doing Illustration Friday now, I've just got so much going on. Can't wait for things to slow down a bit so I can get back into it.


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