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Journey of Ten Thousand Miles by moyan Journey of Ten Thousand Miles by moyan
chinese ink painting on Minou washi 美濃和紙 with kisshou watercolor cakes 吉祥顔彩 and ikkyuen's calligraphy brush shakei 一休園の写経.

chinese caption reads:
The Hawk's journey of Ten Thousand Miles
the year of renchen eighth month sixteenth day
moyan
鹏程万里
壬辰年八月十六日
默言
it is a common chinese phrase of well-wishing for someone starting off a career or any new endeavor. i guess this is just the right spirit in response to the back-to-school contest. you start somewhere, you will get somewhere if you don't stop and give up.

it is just a few hours before closing and i'm glad i managed to finish it in time. phew~!

the post to the contest is here:


and the previous ink painting i did was in 2006 when i was really a newbie in ink painting. my equipment was the cheapest i could find. because i did not want to ruin expensive stuff with my clumsy hands.



now that i have better skill, i am willing to invest in better materials, for i know i won't waste them. it is a sin to waste art material, especially paper. (i don't want to be an enemy to the forest and the environment.)

minouwashi is a really fabulous paper, its texture is like cotton cloth and though it feels so flimsy, it stays strong and resilient under several heavy water wash. no wonder the japanese tennou (emperor) writes his imperial edict on one of these papers. the price is um, wow, but worth every inch of it.
anyway so are the brush and colors truly good stuff. i am very, very in love with them. :heart:

by #dALinkSystem, look at some more wonderful work by chinese painting masters in dA:

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:iconhappyhs:
HappyHS Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful!
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:iconlivingdreamer97:
LivingDreamer97 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so gorgeous!!
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:iconalomhordozo57:
alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Amazing gallery!
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:iconmiam-pepin:
Miam-Pepin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nice work !
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:iconartabstraction:
ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful.... *_*
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:iconlidiagutman:
LidiaGutman Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Very beautiful!
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
awesome do you sell this?
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:iconmoyan:
moyan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
You mean the original or the print?
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
original, I cant imagine this as a print it wouldnt capture the structure etc
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:iconmoyan:
moyan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes i do sell the original. If you are interested please note me.
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:iconcandrydrops123:
candrydrops123 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
you're my inspiration!~~~
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:icondragon-koi:
Dragon-Koi Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
It's not easy to draw big birds, and you are doing it so skillful! Like it!
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:iconmoyan:
moyan Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconomicronwanderer:
OmicronWanderer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
what a fantastic painting, the mood is marvelous and fits the phrase well.
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:iconkoenken:
Koenken Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome ink painting.
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:icondookrik:
dookrik Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love theses japanese style paintings you are doing, they are quite nice:dummy:
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:iconxxrevolutionaryxx:
XxRevolutionaryxX Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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:iconoldbookslover:
oldbookslover Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is soooo good!
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:iconkungfumustard:
KungfuMustard Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Holy shit, this is with water colour? Nice work!
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:iconesse--vita:
esse--vita Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful
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:iconkaza-kaizen:
Kaza-kaizen Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
cool
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:icontrinitite:
Trinitite Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the style of this!
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:iconpowerfulwoodelf:
Powerfulwoodelf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
It's beautiful! good material is everything! :D
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:iconlilithhatchersoon:
LilithHatchersoon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconmangasockattack:
mangasockattack Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice~!
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:iconautumnechoes:
autumnechoes Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing! great job on the wings ;w;
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:iconnat-ciel:
Nat-Ciel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
so much better now ;)

with this colors it's amazing!!!!
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:iconkittensparadise:
kittensparadise Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Your coloring skill are amazing! I really like the color
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:iconhaihailittlebunny:
haihailittlebunny Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Wow, amazing. The paper gives it a really neat effect.
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:icongecgirl8:
gecgirl8 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
It's so beautiful! You have amazing skill.
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:iconin2umniakillh3r:
In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool work.
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:iconsakuranakamura:
SakuraNakamura Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simple, but very nice.
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:iconnekoninja13:
NekoNinja13 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
*jumps and hugs hawk*
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:iconsagefillyluna:
SageFillyLuna Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
fantastic!!!
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:iconsecret-ninja-super-m:
SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012   General Artist
It's simply beautiful
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:iconmishkuu:
mishkuu Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful :)
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:iconfelinewyvern:
felinewyvern Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Wonderful!
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:iconbrokenrose80:
brokenrose80 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow beautifully done
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:iconmaayun:
Maayun Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
i don't see differenses, both work are good(especially bird). but,sorry, i don't see progress too,why u don't detail sky, for example?
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:iconmoyan:
moyan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww, i'm sad.
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:iconmaayun:
Maayun Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
don't worry. i just want to say that u can make a background more interesting :hug:
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:iconr-rei:
R-REI Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012   Digital Artist
very beautiful
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:icon1000thsummer:
1000thsummer Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
i like the writing
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:iconreflectionsinwater:
reflectionsinwater Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It is indeed a large improvement. The control of the ink is much better, and the position of the wings (what i would give to draw like that :O :D)
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:iconbanana-baa2012:
Banana-Baa2012 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful :aww:
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:iconrakgarijaq:
RakgariJaq Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh Lord I love this.
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:iconcharliek-33:
CharlieK-33 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most impressive. And such an improvement on the earlier piece.
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:iconwindblue:
windblue Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
impressive!
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:iconmultiflora:
multiflora Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Looks great!And I love your hand writing!(HAHA your Chinese writing is better than mine!)
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