Who hasn’t picked up a pen and had a go at drawing something? But this artwork goes beyond my imagination and abilities…
19-year old artist, Savannah Burgess, followed the story of the race in the Chinese Zodiac as her inspiration, and this is what she created. She took pictures of her progress every day until it was finished.
Each picture highlights a different animal in the composition, which eventually come together into one epic piece.
The story goes that the Jade Emperor organized a race across a river to decide the order of the animals in the zodiac. The clever rat jumped on the ox, and as they reached the shore, the rat leaped ahead into first place. The ox ranked second, and the lazy, slow pig ended up last after the other nine animals (except for the cat, who didn’t wake up til the race was over, and missed the cycle completely).
As well as doing ballpoint pen and digital portraits, Savannah designs tattoos. She’s studying Illustration at Florida’s Ringling College of Art and Design, and specializes in realism. She said:
The biggest challenge of this piece was creating a realistic interpretation of the Chinese dragon..
What do you think, is it life-like enough? If you like it, be sure to check out her store on Etsy, where you can buy this print and many others.