Dragon and Phoenix Picture

Series: Saiunkoku Monogatari
Medium: Watercolor, Adobe Photoshop


So...I like patterns in my watercolor. And Saiunkoku is one of those series with clothing that is totally exploitable in that aspect. (I wish the animation in the series was prettier--the royal court is not nearly as fabulous enough.)

If I recall correctly, in ancient China, the emperor's symbol was that of the dragon. whereas the empress' symbol was the phoenix (or more specifically Fenghuang, a phoenix like mythological bird not particularly related to the phoenix depicted in western origins). The two creatures are often depicted together in the case of royalty and weddings, when they were seen as a joining of the yang and yin.

I'm sure you can tell by now where my shipping preferences tend in this series...*_*
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