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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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:iconmitoxd:
mitoXD Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   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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:iconfarthingale:
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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:iconlloydgan:
lloydgan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
im getting this as a tattoo tomorrow.
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:iconmariana49:
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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:iconelkian:
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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:iconamongstheliving:
amongstheliving Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
great interpretation! i love the style, kinda reminds me of zelda windwaker
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darkstarsfire Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student General Artist
this is so awesome :3 sun wukong is awesomesauce :P
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RobotMaster3 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Looks almost kinda like Lu Bu monkeyfied.

But then, that kinda fits in a way. I like it.
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Wind-Blaze Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is very good how did u dawr that? byhand? or a program on a computer?
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Paperfiasco Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional Filmographer
for this piece I drew the original by hand and colored on the computer- using Corel Painter 9

that help?
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Wind-Blaze Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah thanks :)
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Wind-Blaze Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is very good how did u dawr that? byhand? or a program on a computer?
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JectCartoon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Toriyama took a lot from this story, right?

Great drawing and coloring, faved.
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Paperfiasco Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Professional Filmographer
indeed, at least for the original DragonBall...once Raditz and the Saiyans kick in, it no longer pulls from the tale
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:iconjectcartoon:
JectCartoon Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Professional Filmographer
since Goku's tail is cut off, i think. But you're right, although the story keeps as great as before :P
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:iconanticia:
anticia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Wow....I love your "Monkey designs"! *w*
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Paperfiasco Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
why thank you! much appreciated :D
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:iconvandomfan:
Vandomfan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
ah, so we see the creature that inspired the creation of kakarot
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Paperfiasco Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
indeed :) he's gotta have a start somewhere no? lol
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JiJiya Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
I have read somewhere that it is speculated that they might be one and the same. :) I also wonder this my self and often mix them a bit.

Nice pic. Faved :)
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Paperfiasco Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Filmographer
thank, very much!
yes- i've thought the same thing....got some nice pic ideas with this in mind as such

-appreciated, once again, thanks!
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ngokhong Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Awesome Wu Kong's pic. ^____^
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Paperfiasco Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional Filmographer
why thank you, very much!
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RenKairui85 Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
Awesome!^^
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saiyanmaster8787 Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
So you finally colored that huh!!! I guess you were bored and didn't feel like drawing a new pic huh xD.... So wheres piggy, the monk and the water demon xD
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Paperfiasco Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Filmographer
very funny...nobody likes THEM

LOL, just kiddin'

I dunno, I may do my own take on the whole entourage at some point...but this was specifically paired with my Hanuman pic.
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PrinnyDance Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If Lu Bu was a monkey.... :X
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Paperfiasco Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Filmographer
eh? not a fan?
hope I didn't hit a nerve...O_o
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:iconprinnydance:
PrinnyDance Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o_o nowai XD I love it! It just looks like Lu Bu from Dynasty Warriors XDDD :heart: :3
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Paperfiasco Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Filmographer
lol, just makin' sure is all.

you sounded the way I do when I hear "Lu Bu is Here!" in the game...and watch as my military morale drops 80% just from his appearance...

glad you like it though!
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PrinnyDance Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Its Lu Bu~!! Lu Bu has come to destroy us~!!!

Even with maxed stats I don't think I managed to win a duel with him..... Now I feel the need to try again xDD
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Paperfiasco Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Filmographer
"Lu Bu has defeated _____, ______'s unit is destroyed" 5 seconds later...argh! lol

good luck. I've won a few scant duel with him...with maxed characters usually though :P it takes waaay to long to kill him with a starter.
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:iconprinnydance:
PrinnyDance Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I've been maxed for a few years lol, I just haven't tried in a long long time XDD
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tsuyatsuya Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
brilliantly done.

...to the west!
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:iconpaperfiasco:
Paperfiasco Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Filmographer
to the west! ...if only it was that easy...then I actually WOULD go to the west LOL.

much appreciated though .
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Elisi-Lynette Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Student
OoO Ooh, pretty....
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:iconpaperfiasco:
Paperfiasco Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Filmographer
thanks! ^_^
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Kairu-Hakubi Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best! I've seen my share o' Moky Kingz, and this is the best :D or nearly!
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Paperfiasco Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I dunno 'bout the best..but nevertheless - I thank you, very much!

:D
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