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My Idle Dreams Drift Far Away by NukeRooster My Idle Dreams Drift Far Away by NukeRooster
My idle dreams drift far away,
To southern lands at the peak of spring's fragrance.
Boats laden with flutes and strings drift on a river's calm.
A city shawled with floating catkins like motes of dust.
And people rushing to admire the blossoms.

My idle dreams drift far away, 
To southern lands at the peak of autumn's clarity.
The hills and rivers open a thousand leagues of endless color,
Deep amongst flowering reeds, a solitary boat is moored,
And flutes echo from moonlit towers.

-Li Yu (or Li Liweng,) (1610-1680AD)

translated by Stripetail


And this wonderful live performance by Jia Peng Fang
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gekesz…

And the studio recording:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPNnZ3…


A full illustration for the wonderful   stripetail of their character, Syng. Stripetail has really put forth a lot of research from weapon frosting to Hanfu clothing, and personal insight for this piece. Inspired by the wuxia stances and performances and the landscapes of China, this is probably one of my favorite illustrations yet. 

Thanks again, Stripetail for such patience and awesome inspiration!

Detail Shots  www.furaffinity.net/view/15417…
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wnter06 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
:D (Big Grin)good
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This picture you've done that takes place in an Asian setting looks really nice for sure. :D
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Aleks-Wulfe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, every single detail is not missed. Your lines make the painting have more emotion to it, and the perspective is perfect. From the smallest detail to the final result, it is truly a masterpiece.
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FenixPortoPontes Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
What animal is this character?
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SONICFAN18 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
daaaaamn ._.
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KSchnee Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student Writer
It looks like you put a lot of of effort into this one. Excellent background especially.
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Heroicfantasyfan Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
I love this picture. The drawing and colours are awesome !!!
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Berneri Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student General Artist
HOLY SHIT Tat, that background is wonderful!
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:icontecknarn:
Tecknarn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! all the small details coming together makes this a masterpiece! I love it :3
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festeringg Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! The background and detail in this is beautiful
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Syfar Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very peaceful drawing, and I love the quote.
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ArtsyColourfullpaws Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how long did this take you?
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GleamStrider Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Holy fuck!! That will be probably the only furry art that i'm going to love! Such a great art!!!
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93Mugsy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so much detail. aw man this is nothing short of amazing. the colors are my favorite part
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Muraki3777 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
awesome work!
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:iconnatanaelroman:
natanaelroman Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Awesome work!
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:iconoemac25:
oemac25 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That background must have taken you forever!
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juju712 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
It is so detailed and impressive.
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xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Holy, epic-ally magnificent! Syng is stunning and This Enchanting Oriental Scenery looks incredible! The expression,pose, bridge, building, designs,architecture, spear, stream, trees, flowers, plant life, statues, kimino, mountains, terrain, mist, sky, clouds, decor, atmosphere, textures,hues,movement,concept,composition,uniqueness, lighting,colors, style, and other detailsa re alsow odnerful! Amazingly radical work! :iconfantasticplz:
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Aoi-Kanou Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
When you said "kimino", I assumed you mean "kimono", which is widely known as the traditional clothes of Japan. However, the character in this drawing does not wear a kimono. Instead, the character wears a Hanfu (汉服/漢服), which is the traditional clothing of the Han Chinese. It is stated in the description, "Stripetail has really put forth a lot of research from weapon frosting to Hanfu clothing".
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LeonidasDraconic Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student General Artist
You have an amazing talent. This is absolutely beautiful :D keep up the good work ^w^
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MinxFox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You are so great at doing backgrounds. X___X
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PalladiumX-21093 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
The scene in this piece is so beautiful, peaceful and serene but the determination in the subject's eyes drew me in. Wonderful piece!
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DoughnutEatingOtter Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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nam77 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Amazing!! The detail in the Background is Brilliant, great work!!
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Hashky Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
wow this is amazing o.o
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CachorritaEstrella Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Magnificent! Very inspirational, I love the whole Chinese background look and it brings out a wonderfully fantasy/ancient Chinese feeling, just simply breath taking! :D :D :D
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mechanicalfiend Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
awesome! what kind of animal is that?
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:iconminxfox:
MinxFox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I am pretty sure it is a gennet.
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ShadowOfHeaven24 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! Gorgeous! And all those details! Absolutely amazing~! <3
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dingo-murci Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
WONDERFULL background
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DaakuNemes Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful :D !
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Hantari Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
OMG! I love it!
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Liimesquares Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
the amount of detail you put into your paintings is amazing. well, amazing doesn't even begin to describe it, but you get the point.
like the fu dog statue and all the ground texture look so realistic, but still fit into the image

in short, you're amazing ;w;
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Cometstars Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so amazing detailed and wonderful!
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Lizz-losseuse Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
very wonderful ! wouhaa ! 
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khelgui Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing.
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Sakkali Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
looks so beautiful<33
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Patrisiyaa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Aww, i love how you draw water and stones *-* Amazing artwork!
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Submerged08 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazingly detailed. I've had to keep my tab open to admire all the little details, and everytime I take a look I notice something new. And I absolutely love the water and vegetation, beautiful. 
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BloodyBBQ Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Filmographer
Nice work. But, is it just me, or is the pavillion awefully small compared to her? Idk, maybe its just the perspective.
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Haneko-san Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
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VisualKeiBunny Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is stunning
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vanguardxtrm Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
wow :3
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Coranila Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
wow.. this is beautiful..
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Transocute Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
woahhhh this is beautiful
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OwlComet Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Now you have done it!! x3
This is absolutely beautiful!!! <3
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RedSharpy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Wow, nice detail! 
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J3susFreak Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely. Simply lovely. 
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sairey Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Just flawless. <3
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