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Monkey Deities: Sun Wukong by Paperfiasco Monkey Deities: Sun Wukong by Paperfiasco
I present to you, Sun Wukong aka. the Monkey King...OR...Son Goku for those who prefer the Japanese stylizations that have since been associated with this mythological icon.

This particular piece was inspired by an old idea of mine...what would happen if Hanuman, the monkey deity of Hinduism and Sun Wukong, the monkey deity of China...came together.

My version of the often re-imagined character is a combination of what's described in the actual tales, with a little bit of my own spin. The important bits were the phoenix feather cap, gold chain mail (which here is represented as gold armor, with gold cloth underneath), cloud walking boots, and of course...the now legendary "As-You-Will Golden-Banded Cudgel" or "Ruyi Jingu Bang" ...or as many of you probably recognize it by this name: the nyoi-bo (mind stick).

Here's a tidbit to consider, if you think he looks familiar this way- for anyone whose ever seen or played Dynasty Warriors...Lu Bu is often styled after Sun Wukong's legendary attire.

As with "The Tempest - Lightning," this is another digital practice.

I can't claim the character- but I DO claim the illustration-
this illustration @ Alfred Pangkerego 2008

Addendum:
-Utensils- .5 mechanical pencil, Corel Painter IX
-Working Time- 30 mins. penciling, 4 hrs. digital coloring- counted without breaks. Total: 4.5 hrs.
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mitoXD Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, a beautiful traditional / Manga-mixed version of "Son O-gong" (Korean) – very well done!  ^^
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delvallejoel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You did a nice work on Wukong. I liked that character a lot from the novel, even from other series related or inspired by him.
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Hikarol-chan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is so awesome! Clap Clap Clap 
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Farthingale Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is a really clever redesign, probably the most interesting I found while combing DevArt for Monkey King art.
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originalnameless Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I love your version of him! :iconmonkeythumbplz:
I love the pose and the design and the confident look on his face... alright, now i'm motivated to do my own version of him! :dummy:
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lloydgan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
im getting this as a tattoo tomorrow.
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mariana49 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
rly cool!
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CatLoveThieF Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student
wicked
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Elkian Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
I like it. It feels like EXACTLY how the mischievous, fiery monkey king should be ^^
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amongstheliving Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
great interpretation! i love the style, kinda reminds me of zelda windwaker
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