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Portrait of an Official by Wolfberry-J Portrait of an Official by Wolfberry-J
A Qing Dynasty Chinese official of the 4th rank in regular uniform.  For those asking "Where are the rank badge, hat quill and elaborate ceremonial  collar-  the things you see in period movies?" , it seems that those were only required for special occasions. Civilian officials and military officers didn't wear that fancy stuff to work everyday. For more on how accessories distinguished rank, as well as the sources used for research, see blog post.

Companion piece to Portrait of a Courtier.
To see this guy with a beard, check out Lattices. :-)

Medium: Adobe Illustrator
Tools: Shape tools, transform, gradient, gradient mesh, blend, pen, art brush


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Mr-Ripley Feb 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this reminds me of many Chinese movies I have seen in the past. :)
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Thanks, friend. :-)  I've been getting back into watching old Chinese movies lately.  Many of those period classics from the 60s are actually better written than some of the more recent stuff. =D
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Mr-Ripley Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love those ones in that era too. Missing Bruce Lee :heart: 
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KarynRH Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous.
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mitoXD Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
I'm learning Manchu these days, so thanks also for your info and links! ^^
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Thanks. And I'm glad you found the info useful. Learning Manchurian sounds like fun. :-)
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mitoXD Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed it is – but it is hard fun! ; )
More than that, it is merely fascinating! Needs very much practising of reading and writing in the beginning (well, like any language, right?). I realize this as I have got too many other things to do, and couldn't manage stuying it thoroughly enough atm.

If you also are interested in learning Manchu, IMO this book is a good starting point. It's really worth the price, though some details are subject for debate – translation business is no easy task, as always! The book also contains links to some audio recordings, and keep in mind, today Manchu is in danger of ceasing to exist!
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