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Way of Ace branch by Ace0fredspades Way of Ace branch by Ace0fredspades
That's right, chinese ^_____^
more about the stamp you see:
Decided to add that comment to main author's comment, thanks :iconcalanthe-uigenna:
I'll be consistent. I've wrote "it's chinese" just to underline what seems obvious.
1. As you know Taoism, almost all indian and slavic traditions has one vedic root. I am representative of one of that branches, started from the Big tree on slavic lands near 4000 years ago. So that's why I cannot say it has any real attitude to any of chinese dynasties ^____^
2. A metaphor of shield always gives us a duality- "with the shield or on the shield" (I'm not sure there's such a proverb in English, I translated it literally from Russian, but in Latin it's the same "Aut cum scuto, aut in scuto"). So I'm breaking that duality, saying that even if you are on the shield- you are not necessarily dead or lost- so we need to stop thinking, using authority of a "Great person" or a proverb. Because the world is much more interesting and complicated than even the most wise of all the proverbs.
3. To understand what does the glyphs mean we need to look at the monument and the pedestal together. Here we have another duality: to go deosil (with the Sun) or widdershins (against the Sun):
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these two symbols are giving us a vector and dragon tells us about unlimited intention of both of this ways (no one can catch a dragon). So as the warrior is going with the Way of Branch - he is in the middle and this dragons cannot bite them or do any harm. He is alive and they are just statues, made by living human.
it's both sunset and sunrise- the two most mystical and exciting times during the day. That's where the hero looking and that's why his eyes are bright (looking at us as well). And as every real warrior he's happy and appeased.
I hope that all makes sense ^_____^

Путь Ветви Аса. Не сотвори из себя чёрт-те что ^_____^.
Чёрно-белая версия/ BW version:
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:iconcalanthe-uigenna:
It's very hard to place what is so pleasing about this drawing. I don't usually go for such a vibrant, hot colour scheme, but the way it's been used in this piece was very sensitive, and the result is surprisingly still and calm. One definitely has the impression of sunset, and yet it is the figures, and not the sky, which give this impression.

The stonework is actually all the more charming, because it is not strictly foreshortened into a flat plain, but almost looks alive, and yet completely serene.

I suspect that there is a lot of traditional symbolic meaning in the picture, which I don't know much about, but am now intensely curious about. The fact that the central figure, (who I suspect is an itinerant warrior of some sort), is sitting on a shield, and the glyphs engraved on the posts the dragons are sitting on, are all deeply meaningful, or at least give that impression.

This style of drawing reminds me a little of the early gothic prayerbook drawings from the medieval era, which is a style I find very pleasing, but it's somehow so satisfying to see this style used in an ancient Chinese setting.

The expression in the warrior's eyes is very bright, as though he might either be inebriated slightly, he's just recognized the viewer as a friend, or he's just seen an enemy. The enigma is very compelling.

Although the fact that he's sitting on his shield with his hands on his knees, makes me think of a challenge of some kind, the overall mood is something much more profound, which makes the piece all the more interesting.
What do you think?
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Marcotonio-desu Jul 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Loved reading about it, Ace, just one thing remains unexplained, what's written in that little piece of paper over there on the ground? :D

Regarding composition, I t hink this one has the balance the B&W version lacked a bit. Really cool and makes me wonder how everything you make has some meaning attached to it.
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Ace0fredspades Jul 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
It says "We are That" I had a picture, called so.
I'm not making works with a sense attached ^____^
I'm just trying to make interesting stuff so you can find sense in it 
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burninkbrain6 Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
could u draw a entity with a goat head fish body and 8 arms playing a sitar?
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Ace0fredspades Feb 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Sure! How much money will I get for that?
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Calanthe-Uigenna Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's very unique and riveting. I'm tempted to ask a lot of questions about it, but I think maybe the mystery is better left as is.
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Ace0fredspades Feb 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Words are mirrors and sense is the bright ray of light. If we pick words correctly- we can see the sense, just like if we rotate mirrors in proper way- we can lighten even a very big dark room.
The choise to ask about any of my pictures or not is yours ^_____^
I'm already glad that someone, who see my illustrations and animations can say and think something a bit more than "wow" or "lol" ^_____^
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Calanthe-Uigenna Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay I'm gonna ask, now that I've written my review. I wanted to write it in a state of semi innocence. What dynasty would you say this is, and why is he sitting on his shield, and what are the swirly glyphs on the posts?
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Ace0fredspades Feb 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'll be consistent. I've wrote "it's chinese" just to underline what seems obvious.
1. As you know Taoism, almost all indian and slavic traditions has one vedic root. I am representative of one of that branches, started from the Big tree on slavic lands near 4000 years ago. So that's why I cannot say it has any real attitude to any of chinese dynasties ^____^
2. A metaphor of shield always gives us a duality- "with the shield or on the shield" (I'm not sure there's such a proverb in English, I translated it literally from Russian, but in Latin it's the same "Aut cum scuto, aut in scuto"). So I'm breaking that duality, saying that even if you are on the shield- you are not necessarily dead or lost- so we need to stop thinking, using authority of a "Great person" or a proverb. Because the world is much more interesting and complicated than even the most wise of all the proverbs.
3. To understand what does the glyphs mean we need to look at the monument and the pedestal together. Here we have another duality: to go deosil (with the Sun) or widdershins (against the Sun):
[link]
[link]
these two symbols are giving us a vector and dragon tells us about unlimited intention of both of this ways. So as the warrior is going with the Way of Branch - he is in the middle and this dragons cannot bite them or do any harm. He is alive and they are just statues, made by human.

Also here are some more explanations about things you've noticed in your critique:
it's bot sunset and sunrise- the two most mystical and exciting times during the day. That's where the hero looking and that's why his eyes are bright (looking at us as well). And as every real warrior he's happy and appeased.
I hope that all makes sense ^_____^
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Calanthe-Uigenna Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes it does make sense and it reminds me of the Hindu story about the Demon King Hiranyakshipu, who had attained a power, that he could not be killed by man or beast, indoors or outdoors, at day or night, and So the lord Vishnu took the form of Narasimh who is half man half lion, and carried the Demon king to the threshold where he killed him at sunset. The killing is not so significant to me, as the fact that the story illustrates the mystical power of dusk, morning, and the threshold or any kind of portal, like the one your warrior is sitting under.
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Ace0fredspades Feb 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That's right, I know that story and even have been in vedic temples a few times, when Narasimha dev's day was celebrated (oh we sang and danced a lot ^_____^). Also same point of view is described in Carlos Castaneda's books- Don Juan Matus sayed that sunset and sunrise are cracks from one world to another.
What Branch says about that:
at the day time there are day-living creatures doing dailty things, at the night night creatures reproduse "night mode". Human has mind so he can function in two modes- so sunset and sunrise are times of awareness when we are not sleeping in some "mode" but as the strongest chance of waking up. That also happens because amount of light changes to darkness so we need to do the shift.
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