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The Chinese Guardian: Shishi! by Dezzoi The Chinese Guardian: Shishi! by Dezzoi
Shishi my Chinese Guardian Lion (Foo Dog) character protecting his temple against some unknown mythical creature. :3
I've never shared Shishi before...he's been a character of mine for a long time now, so, I thought it was time.

Shishi me *Dezzoi
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:iconthewingedones:
TheWingedOnes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student
Um, question. Does he only have one back leg or two? I can only see one, or is it because of how Shishi is leaping? Sorry, I just notice these things.
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:icondezzoi:
Dezzoi Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
He's got two. I couldn't figure out where to put the visible parts without them looking weird....
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:iconthewingedones:
TheWingedOnes Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student
okay, amazing design though!
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DragonWhisperer23 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Cool! He looks like a Chinese Dragon, Shishi Dog, and The Chinese Unicorn mixed together!
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Dezzoi Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
yeah lol :)
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DragonWhisperer23 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:)
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RedFyrez Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder how he'd eat. with rounded fangs..
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:icondezzoi:
Dezzoi Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
He swallows things whole.
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:iconredfyrez:
RedFyrez Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh damn
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MeggerzTouch Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG i love it!!!
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Sacrificed908 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ooh! Amaving detail and lighting! O.O You're supper good!
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Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what a nice foo dog
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ShigureTheProtector Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks pure-freaking-AWESOME. Excellent work on the colors and clouds and anatomy. :)
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Sheerivory Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shishi is pretty awesome!! If he has his own little...foo dog statue? That'd be kinda cool to see. Love the textures of his ribbons and the coin necklace...thing.
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porcuMoose Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
What an all-around beautiful character!
I don't see many chinese-based characters
such as this, and he's gorgeous! His markings,
vicious teeth and fiery eyes and everything.
I especially love his name. Shishi.
c:

A very late comment,
but amazing work, Dez!
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amethyst-destiny Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just, awesome. :la:
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H0wl3 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so cooool. How make draw good?
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:icondezzoi:
Dezzoi Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
For this...around 5-7 hours
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TerhuneLass Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist
Amazing character! Beautiful and intense design. You could do a lot with a storyline and him. :la: I really love the red cloth connecting everything together.
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reynardfox Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
And we're happy you shared! He's awesome. I'm loving those markings on his front legs, and the detail in his face. :D
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Lexedon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Amazing like always Dez~ I always love looking at the eyes that you do. Their so pretty and unique and I do like those teeth those are really cool. Thanks for sharing him with us~ <3
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:icondezzoi:
Dezzoi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :glomp:
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Gravewatch Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol he has crazy eyebrows XD
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Wassercaro Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
shweet
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Oooooo! These would be PERFECT for the lion performer in the "Phantom Circus"!! It's just the mystical quality I've been looking for!
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amberday Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Very awesome!And also interesting~
Shishi...It's both lion and dog,guarding China and also Taiwan..
It's the first time I see it be drawn so cool and real!
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LovecraftandCats Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Wow awesome :)
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Ko-jak Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Woah! Absolutley magnificent! Shishi is one crazy protecting machine!
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Neara-works Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Totally awesome!!!
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SkullFace13 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those teeth! Fantastic!
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Jazame Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist
You will NEVER get mah Guardian-Chow! >:C

NEVAAAAAARRR!! >8O
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TigresToku Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is stunning!
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LaliqueDS Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love the fire above the eyes!!
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i-eat-dogs Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful picture :D the shading is very neat and I love the hot colors you used ;v; And I love foo Dogs but when I draw them I'm never sure if I should draw them more feline like or more dog like xD it's all confused to me, but the creature is really cool and look so unique in your style :'D :love: good job on this you've done :iconyodawhutplz:
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Dezzoi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :)
Just think of them as their own creature: not really feline or canine. That's what I do. :)
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i-eat-dogs Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah I think I should do that, not only for foo dogs but for many other creatures xD thank you for the advice :hug:
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BlazeLupine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I really dig this character! All fiery looking and pissed off. Other boy best step back before he be burned XD

Oh, and I should be able to start color work on your guy's second trade soon! The background won't be as hella complicated as the first part thankfully lol
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:icondezzoi:
Dezzoi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
Take your time, man. We still owe our half to you. ^^;
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BlazeLupine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
*Monocle*

Oh, you're quite welcome ma'dear!

And don't worry, I know yer good for it. If not, I have my hit men lined up and ready to take you out! :D
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ronaldo9999 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
they have dog like this in China ?
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GustyValley Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FOO DOGGIES! Hooraaaay! Hehe, my foo dog's name is Shishi, as well... small world...~ :3
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MetallicSnow Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's like my character Morpheus. I never really share him ^^; but that's because he's a really personal character. He's from the 1700s though 8D and he's kinda psychotic.
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KangeeTheOnyxFox Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Big fan of foo dogs. Recently added them as creatures on FA, so nice to see some art of them as living breathing animals than just stone.
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SinjaAussiaAngels Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shishi is handsome :heart:
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Silvolf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He's awesome! I'm glad you've shared him now, I love Foo Dogs.
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:icondezzoi:
Dezzoi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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DindellaTheDefender Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's so purdy. :love:
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QueenOfCuttlefishes Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Gosh, as always your artwork is stunning! The only correction I have lies within the artist's comment. To my knowledge "foo dog" is an incorrect name that has been created by false translation or by the fact that foo lions shares traits with large dogs.. What I know they're only called "foo lion" in Chinese. But hey, I'm not a Chinese expert so I can be wrong on this.
Anyhow. I really like how you have given this creature a kind of chimera-look. Like I've never seen one with horns and hoofs. And I just think that is a cool thing to add to an already awesome creature! I also like the pale colours you've given Shishi. Most I've seen usually has dark and red shades in the colours (I have one with exactly that colouring), so this makes him stand out! And as always you show your skills with highlighting and shading!
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Dezzoi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Both fu and foo are the incorrect terms. It's Americanized. The more correct terms are "Chinese Guardian Lion" or the "shishi" (石獅)
Fu or foo are used for common knowledge based purposes since it's a more recognized term.

Yeah, I've given him more unique features since he's my character, based off the shishi.
Thanks. :)
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QueenOfCuttlefishes Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh, I didn't know about to Fu or Foo part! I was just focused about the Lion and Dog thing. But thank you for enlightening me with that info!

Yes of course, adding your own things to your own character is what makes it stand out! :>
And you are very welcome!
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