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Sun Wukong The monkey king by eWKn Sun Wukong The monkey king by eWKn
This image is about the chinese legend of Sun Wukong , The monkey king.

Sun Wukong was born from a mythical stone formed from the primal forces of chaos, located on the mountain of flowers and fruit. After joining a clan of monkeys, he earned their respect by discovering the Shuǐlián-dòng (Chinese;water-curtain cave behind a large waterfall, making it their home. The other monkeys honored him as their king, and he called himself Měi Hóuwáng (handsome monkey king). However, he soon realized that despite his power over the monkeys, he was just like all the rest, and was not beyond mortality. Determined to find immortality, he traveled on a raft to civilized lands, and found a Buddhist/Taoist Patriarch Bodhi, becoming one of his disciples. He was able to acquire human speech and manners through his travels.


Sun Wukong possesses incredible strength, being able to lift his 13,500 jīn (8,100 kg) Ruyi Jingu Bang with ease. He also has superb speed, traveling 108,000 li (54,000 kilometers) in one somersault. Sun knows 72 transformations, which allows him to transform into various animals and objects (however, he is shown with slight problems transforming into other people, since he is unable to complete the transformation of his tail). He is a skilled fighter, capable of holding his own against the best generals in heaven. His hairs also contain magical properties, each capable of transforming into a clone of the Monkey King himself, as well as various weapons, animals, and other objects. He also knows various spells in order to command wind, part water, conjure protective circles against demons, freeze humans, demons, and gods alike, to name a few. Unlike most gods, he earned his immortality through battling heaven and earth.
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artiscoole2025 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
Awesome Monkey king design. This version looks fit for a whole revamped story. This character looks like a warrior who managed to wield the monkey king's staff and acquired great powers over the years. Theres a chapter in the original story where the monkey king and his fellow travelling monks encounter 3 youths whome they decide to take on as disciples. He teaches them magic and gives them super strength to wield weapons that weigh thousands of pounds as though it were a branch. Since im not seeing any tail here, i can definately incorporate this character as an extension of the monkey king mythos and that it is actually sun wukong's disciple. 
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AltertheChronicle10 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 22, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
The legend that influences most of todays cultural fictions.
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Darkness02 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
1 Chinese myth I can get behind tbh, excellent art pal, wish I could draw half as well as this! :D
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
My gosh, this looks amazing with the misty, mysterious atmosphere. Son Wukong looks ready to fight someone. :)
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W17 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Nicely done ^_^
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DracoRazgriz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Good job with this art and with this description,instafavorite
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DanielChew91 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
I like the feel~ Wonderfull^^
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Zer0King10 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful
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Rsome96 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
I hope they make it a skin in lol, but good work sir =)
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Frozx398 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wicked design!!
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JDMS-Alistar Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Man this monkey pissed on Buddha's hand lol he's epic!
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BearAndDog Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
A-MAY-ZING!
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Altaia Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this character. Your portrayal of him in this piece is pretty interesting, in my opinion.
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Naishell Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Amazing
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otokatskiwolf Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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SlimStephen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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GiseleCedrus-SL Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thats amazing
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SakisRouvas Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
They must make this skin Wokong's legendery skin :D
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iilittlewingsii Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Photographer
This is truly amazing :)
I really love the story of Sun Wukong.
Its a really a wonderful drawing. :heart:
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Always been a Fan of the Monkey King
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Snull Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
fantastic
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93FangShadow Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank so much for sharing the legend! I've never heard it before even though I've heard of the Monkey King before! Anyway your drawing is very cool! There is so much to look at
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Kataklysm147 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
and uh actually it's Ru Yi Jing Gang Bang (如意金刚棒), Stick of Wishful Stances.
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Kataklysm147 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
oh yeah i like this monkey king!!!
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Sekitonbo Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Nice rendition of the infamous Monkey King...
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MyPaint-YourBlood Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love the tales of the Monkey King! He is one of my favorite characters in chinese mythology.
Topping it off being born in the year of the monkey, its like a bonus. Love your version of him, the colors really bring out the setting. The other monkies in the background, nice touch :)
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Tugsworth Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
If a man were to have all the confidence in the universe and were able to back it up what would he look like? The Great Sage, Equal of Heaven!
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xXxZLGxXx Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
son goku :DD
love it :)
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Bobwayne17 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
I just got this as a tattoo on my arm :)
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Bobwayne17 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
I just got a tattoo of this picture on my arm :P
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Ramix360 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
added to favurite this is sooooooo EPIC
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malevoseth Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
THIS IS AWESOME!!! @.@
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ
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Drewstroyer Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Awesome! I love this concept of the legend.
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gwalchmehefin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
impressive!
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I grew up with the 1970s tv series of this and loved it. This is a great depiction of him!
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Runt88 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Big fan of journey to the west and this is one of my favorite renditions of sun wukong. I usually like the more monkey style versions (vs human looking) but this is just amazingly done. good style choice and everything. Just well done is all I can say.
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econahuallium Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I'm just in love with this one!!!
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kakatana Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
This is really, really good. Most of the images I see of the traditional Monkey King are either of him goofy or serious. This makes him look every inch the warrior. Damn.
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Talonai Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like his costume design! the armor on the pants and the mask especially. the plants in the background look magical and awesome!
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0nceUpnATime Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Love the design!
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EpiCookies Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the lack of any REAL, definitive lines! It adds a really cool element to the drawing, and I think that I'm gonna watch you!
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boradis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Almost a "Darth Wukong."
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one stand up monkey . He looks like he's ready and willing to kick some butts . Great picture , love the painterly atmosphere combined with Impressionistic style .
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ChaosLy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
This is really nice. He looks so intimidating and powerful, not as playful and a trickster like the legend has him as most of the time when he isn't fighting.
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xNiKKiXaZrAeLx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Instant fav!
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losan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
I like it
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vion1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Wow! This legend would make a great video game and your vision of the Monkey King would be perfect for the character design!!!
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9threaver Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
wow this looks so cool, he looks real bad-ass
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