in Motif Development / Sketches

Motifs & Sketches


I started developing my compositions through sketches after vectoring the main motifs.  I divided the canvas into two sections; the upper part depicting heaven, and the sea, where the Dragon King resides, and the lower portion, Earth. In the myth, the dragon spirit wanders around Earth during the Hungry Ghost Festival. Therefore, this illustration will show the Dragon King coming down to Earth at the start of the Hungry Ghost Festival. Offerings will be placed at the temple’s doorstop for the Dragon King as well. The framing suggests the Dragon entering the “gate” to Earth.