Hey all! Did you know its Peach Month? This is my latest Girls Drawin’ Girls weekly theme contribution for this week. 🙂
I actually started out using my new Shinhan art markers, and then finished in photoshop. Unfortunately, I used Staedtler pigment liner on some areas and perhaps it did not dry? It smudged! It’s waterproof but not marker proof. I should probably update my review. In any case… but on some areas that I used either Shinhan liner or copic liner, the gradient was very smooth using my colorless blender. Unfortunately, I feel like I’ve used up a lot of the colorless ink. :X Hopefully not, because I just bought it, but maybe I’ll get around to buying the refill.
Here’s an interesting fact: in Asia, Peaches tend to symbolize longevity and immortality, and each part of the Peach tree symbolizes something. The Peach Blossoms symbolize luck — in Vietnamese culture, its a tradition to buy a blossoming Peach branch, and the more flowers, the better, and also when they’re blooming during Tet is better. The branch wards off evil, and they make charm pendants from peach pits. The tree itself is a symbol of life and immortality.
It’s also a sexual feminine symbol. I first learned about this through a manga story; its a very prevalent symbology, I find, in Japan. Has anyone seen the character design for Sakuya for Okami?
She also has a peach-shaped butt opening in the back as well.
Also the story of how Momotaro came to be — an old woman happens upon a really big peach, she brings home the peach to her husband. He “inserts” a knife, cuts it open, and then out pops Momotaro. The rest of the story is about the boy’s amazing adventures.
In China, the juices symbolize fluids, i.e. nector drippings.
And yes, I am trying to be really suggestive here. Anyway, I hope you learned something new today!