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Nine Dragon Old Pearl by DarthFar Nine Dragon Old Pearl by DarthFar
What seems like a really great idea when you're loopy from heroic doses of cough medicine? Drawing approximately two million roof tiles using a pen with an itty bitty nib, apparently.

You may recall that I visited Xitang, that ancient water city in the Zhejiang Province of China where nine rivers meet, in 2009. Well, I went back there just a couple of weeks ago (yes, I went to China *again*) and shot more photos to use for what I hoped would be a short series of pen drawings of the water city. And then of course I came back and came down with the Martian Death Cold that had spread through my entire tour group...

Well, it *still* could happen.


Media:
Campap 300gm watercolour paper (because it was the largest I had...)
Artline Drawing System 0.1mm pigment ink tech pen
Pencils for the rough sketch

The drawing measures 11.9" x 6.0", sans borders. I've hidden my Chinese name somewhere in the picture. Sith cookies for locating it. ;)

Oh, and re: the bizarre title - I got *that* from this site: [link] Methinks something must have been lost in translation...


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:iconjacobmainland:
JacobMainland Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work, very nice scenery :love:


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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, the details... that must've taken forever. Seriously cool result, though. It looks awesome!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
It took about five or six days of flu-induced delirium, I think. :rofl: Thanks!
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:icondsil:
DSil Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Very naturalistic. It feels old and lived-in.
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:iconfirera:
Firera Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Bao? I think I see it. XD

And...I know I haven't spoken to you for ages, but still... You're crazy.

XD Love the details so much. QAQ Can I have your patience? Pretty please?
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Bao? BAO??? Fifi, I may be a lot of things, but a bun I most certainly am not! :rofl:

And I don't think my sanity (or lack thereof!) has ever been questioned! haha. Thanks!

[BTW: What patience! all it takes is a cold and ridiculous amounts of cough syrup. I can give you the former, if you like, but you'll have to get your own Dynaphan.]
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:iconfirera:
Firera Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
I thought I saw a "bao" word somewhere. XD You're too skinny to be a bun anyway :P

Even with cough syrup I think I'd be ko'ed in bed more than being patient with drawing, Farsky! I wuv mah sleep 8D

And btw, [link] You going?? *______*
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Madman42q Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What kinda cough meds are you on, mate?! I could do with a pint! You've got loads of detail in here. I feel like I'm looking at a copy of Journey to the West.
Oh...and your name...FOUND IT! Give me cookies. NAO.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Um... Dynaphan Syrup? :laughing: Hostile, radioactive orange in colour, does strange things to your head.

And thanks!

[and you found my name? no cookies for you 'til you tell me where. ;)]
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Madman42q Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall send you a sneaky PM. Cuz I'm sneaky like that.
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Very impressively done! Though my hand cramps in sympathy. @_@
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thanks very much! [and ahaha, hand cramps... yeah...]
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Caleighrg Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    Gorgeous detail~
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thanks! :)
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:iconfracturedreality:
FracturedReality Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mon dieu, but you are a masochist... so pretty though. You should do a watercolor of the area. And I'm so glad I'm not the only one suffering from a horrendous mutated cold monster. Is the name on the window shutter thingy on the building on the left?
-offers some of her own nyquil and a box of tissues-
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Does it really count as masochism if one did it while in an altered state, Sara? :giggle: And thank you for sharing the cold meds! [glugs it down]

And nope, not on the window shutter thing. ;)
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FracturedReality Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HA! LOWER RIGHT HAND CORNER!!! Yes? Yes?

And yes, it counts... just because you don't remember doing it later due to drugs doesn't mean it's not masochism :XD:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Where exactly in the lower right hand corner? ;) [is being a royal wretch about this]
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:iconfracturedreality:
FracturedReality Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pfft. On the wall/in the bushes, just above the waterline. Shall I screencap and highlight for you? :XD:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
... Ok, yes, yes, that would be it. ;)

[hands you a box of gizka-&-choc chip cookies]
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FracturedReality Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOOT!!! -happily munches-
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:icontheartyst:
theartyst Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
on the right side of the bridge - on a sign!! .... what flavour of sith cookies are you providing?
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
BTW, the sign you were referring to says, "tea". :laughing: Granted, my Chinese calligraphy (or poor attempts at it!) is atrocious...
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Nope, I'm sneaky enough not to put it on any signboards! :laughing: And it's premium gizka-&-chocolate chip cookies - the best GizkaHaus has to offer!
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
What are you talking about, tiny pen details are always a great idea! I quite like this, Far.
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:iconsvera:
Svera Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
I love your attention to details :aww:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thank you, Daniela. :aww:
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Svera Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
My pleasure :hug:
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:iconjenchuan:
jenchuan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow! Incredible!

Is your name in the water under the bridge towards the right?
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thanks!

And haha, no, it's not in the water. ;)
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NotYourSteppingStone Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic drawing!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Cheers, old bean. ;)

And is that a very sandy sports sneaker I see in your icon?
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing details Far.. sorry you have a stinky cold
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!! Such detail!! :love:
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