“Garuda is a lesser Hindu divinity, usually the mount (vahanam) of the God Vishnu. […] This ancient deity was said to be massive, large enough to block out the sun.
The Garuda are enemies to the nāga, a race of intelligent serpent- or dragon-like beings, whom they hunt.”
No tibetan style this time ‘cause I like the balinese version of Garuda a lot more
so I orientated myself this time more on these.
Nagas, too but I think I gave them a bit of my own style.
wasn’t that hard work. ca. 13 hours this time
I’m not that content with the background. still need to buy better paper.
first I thought I spoiled the whole illustration while colouring cause just the outlines looked amazing (and very irritating lol)
More than 24 hours of work.
illustration to DIR EN GREY’s song LOTUS.
the golden siddham writing is the sentence "a mistake won’t change ones way of life. be proud and let the pure white lotus* blossom" last part in the lyrics i think. took me one whole fucking day to get this into siddham writing! (even tho it’s not 100% right but I doubt people here can read it lol)
there are also two mantras in siddham saying:
"Om. I am the very self whose essence is the diamond knowledge of emptiness." (left)
and "Oṃ. All Dharmas in their own-being are pure; in my own-being I too am pure!" (right)
*that’s why I drew the lotus Kyo’s is sitting on white
for more infrmation about this check my deviantart.
tawaraya sotatsu, circa 1621,
board, colour on wood, 182x125cm each, Yogenin
"The white elephant is sacred to Buddhism and Hinduism. Maya, the mother of Buddha is believed to have conceived Buddha by seeing a dream of a white elephant entering her body from her right side."
mythical beasts of japan scan
most badass looking white elephants I have ever seen!