Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Foo Dog

Sometime spelled "Fu Dog". Either way, they are Chinese Imperial Guardian Lions. I've seen similar statues at plant nursery's and clay pottery stores while driving down Hwy 1 and Hwy 121. But I definitely remember seeing Foo Dogs at the San Francisco Chinatown Gate (Sketchcrawl #2 & 17). But this particular one was found in the living room of my friends Anna and Marie. I thought they were kidding when they told me it was called a "Dog Fu". It's believed that they possess mythical protective powers and usually are displayed in two's.

Faber-Castell brush pen. They're waterproof!!!
(Recommended by Emma Coats and John Hoffman's blog).

11 comments:

shou' said...

The guardian lions have such a rich history behind them.

Wow water proof? Great piece! The brush pen definitely lays down the fluidity of your brush strokes.

Anonymous said...

Thought I'd visit your site...always great stuff! btw, we didn't say "Dog Fu" you Fu! lol or at least I didn't! haha
- m a r i e .

Diana Evans said...

Thanks for popping by! great work here and I will have to pop in again...

have a wonderful weekend!

Gerald said...

Marie - hahaha, sorry for the confusion. Thanks for the correction.

Diana - thanks :D Have a good weekend as well.

PaulSketch said...

Aw, i miss the SF sketchcrawls!! I'll have to do the NY ones I guess

Nice rendering of the Dog Fu

Michael said...

like your sketch. masks are always interesting to draw, especially chinese, japanese and african ones. nice work.

janabouc said...

Wow! This is so cool. I love how 3-dimensional yet funky it looks. Those brush pens in your hand are great. Will you be going to the SF crawl? I'm probably going too (also have a plein air paintout that day, but I missed the last sketchcrawl and don't want to miss this one.) It would be fun to meet you!

Diego said...

Hey man, really diggin the line drawings with pen you did on the ferry, really good.

And great piece with the brush pen.

joshfrost said...

I like this one man! When I first looked at it I thought Indiana Jones! haha It looks good man!

bog_art said...

Great recent job my friend!.. mainly your post "Joker's Wild".. congratulations!..

dintoons said...

wow scary yet funny at the same time! like your sketchy drawing style for this one... raw yet finished! thanx!

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