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Kinryu: The Girl With the Golden Dragon Tattoo by Senju Shunga
4 March 2021 

Kinryu: The Girl With the Golden Dragon Tattoo by Senju Shunga

On Instagram, the artist Senju Shunga emphasizes the difficulty of designing the Japanese dragon in irezumi (the traditional Japanese tattoo). It is a challenge to get all the different elements right. If one part is designed in a sloppy way, the whole thing falls apart. He has designed numerous dragons in his twenty year career in irezumi and the last one is always the best because of the accumulated expertise.

The Golden Dragon

His latest piece entitled ‘Kinryu (Golden Dragon)‘ features his latest dragon. Senju: ‘The Golden dragon ascending is a very auspicious motif, and not possible to tattoo in the way I have chosen to design it for the anonymous woman wearing it in my painting.’ Although his influence is rooted in Japanese culture and art, and a big fan of simpler, more energetic artists and styles, he himself includes lot of details in his paintings.

Shorter Hair-Due

The first image below is of the painting in the early stage with the prepared detailed linework already in place. It’s interesting to see that Senju initially planned a shorter hair-due for the female figure.

Irezumi Japanese Dragon

Painting in progress

Kinryu Golden Dragon Tattoo

Kinryu (Golden Dragon)‘ (1 March 2021)

Kinryu Senju Shunga

Close-up detail of the woman’s back

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Kinryu is available in a print edition in the artist’s gallery…!!

What do you think of Senju’s latest piece? Leave your reaction in the comment box below…!!

 

About the author
Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
Sebatien B.
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Sebatien B.

on 11 March 2021

Very beautiful Senju Shunga Golden dragon, with certainly an Hokusai's dragon model for the design.Soft colors are very originals and match a lot with the Dragon's super power!

Marijn
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Marijn

on 11 March 2021

Thanks Sebastien. Very well possible as Senju's work is strongly influenced by ukiyo-e and Hokusai is his favorite Japanese artist.

Sebastien
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Sebastien

on 11 March 2021

‘Thank you for your appreciation!It what I felt seeing this beautiful and harmonious dragon... 👍 ’  

Marijn
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Marijn

on 11 March 2021

You're welcome Sebastien. Please feel free to share your thoughts on our blog at anytime.

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