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Rat Taijitu by dakazi Rat Taijitu by dakazi
2 rats forming the classic 'yin and yang' symbol. I am aware that this has been done dozens of times by dozens of artists; I just wanted to try my hand at it.

Acrylic paint, marker and colored pencil on heavy cardboard. This originally had a solid background but I cut the border unevenly and decided to cut out the figures instead.
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Cymbalom Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
This is adorable.  I love how you've made the ears and the great big wonderful feet.  You have a wonderful talent.  I'm sorry I stole this image for me Facebook profile without asking.  I found it floating around under "rats" with no attribution.  May I have your permission to use it?
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dakazi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the incredibly delayed response, I never remember to log in to deviantART anymore...
I really appreciate you taking the time to comment and I'm flattered that you enjoy my work :)  I don't mind if you use my drawings, so long as they're not edited and not for financial gain. 
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Wyverra Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the poses and how you did the fur, great job! :love:
The only thing that is lacking here are the whiskers and maybe the second ear of the black rat. 
I like the idea of the spots around their eyes too, it makes the picture even more interesting! 
And the tails are in perfect positions too! :heart:
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dakazi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whiskers probably would've helped a lot.  That's something I need to work on... I usually add the whiskers last, and always fear screwing up or making them look awkward.
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Wyverra Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe you could try drawing them with a needle instead of a crayon or pencil? They would be thinner, so they should look better and they shouldn't be as visible, so you wouldn't have to worry as much about them looking bad. :)
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dakazi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good idea, I'll have to give that a shot sometime.  When I'm using colored pencil I usually layer it on pretty thick, so I think they'd actually show up pretty well.
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Wyverra Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck! :)
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Faejala Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
though this has been done dozens of times...I think this one is especially cute! :aww: I really like it!
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dakazi Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  I have yet to see another quite like this, which is good enough for me (:
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Faejala Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you are very welcome! :aww:
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014   General Artist
as good as it gets :clap:
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Miranja Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Woah, this is amazing! I love it! ^^
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Qazygv Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Hey do you mind if I use this as a basis for my tattoo? <3
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:icondakazi:
dakazi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I'm more than a year late, but if you're still interested, sure :)
Thanks for asking first.
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Xsavor Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This would be a cool tattoo :3
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QueenBei Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Woah. That is amazing. I wish I could try... :P
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Poney-Rouge Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Anhlala <3
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deathshaddow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the rats! very cool!!!
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pinkypunk666 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
so sweet!!!^^
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Dragon77123 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This version looks awesome! =D
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Novek-Dace Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. I have two rats (Bubble and Squeak) that are white and black (respectively). The often curl up together like this!
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Goldchild Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking of making a Ying Yan symbols with rats too, now I think I'll have to make something different, right?:XD:
Anyways, this is simply adorable! I love especially the position of their legs. And the coloring is perfect!=)
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dakazi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I think you should still do a rat yin and yang... there are so many possibilities and rats are such underrated animals.
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Goldchild Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You think? I'll do it then.:aww:
And I totally agree.:nod: They deserve much more attention, I wish more people could appreciate them.
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Schiraki Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thats beautiful and so sweet!
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penngregory Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
:wave: This awesome image is featured here
Yin & Yang [link] :clap:

By faving this article you'll spread the love! :heart:
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dakazi Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I only just noticed this comment! Thank you so much, I'm quite flattered! :hug:
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YarnAndRatsCrafts Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Love this picture! :w00t!:
It has been the background on my laptop for months now! I am crazy for it!:star::star::star:
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dakazi Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you so much! That's quite the compliment :)
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Taekwondogal13 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
super duper CUTE!! rats are so so so sweet
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dakazi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :> Rats are great.
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Taekwondogal13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
for sure!
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grygon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely!
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dakazi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! (:
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theobrominarosaeliz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Nice concept!
:)
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dakazi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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theobrominarosaeliz Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
You're welcome ;)
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oliecannoligriffard Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
outstanding!
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cheeriocheetah Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Very sweet with lovely detail! Great ears and fur, not to mention their well-executed position. Go rats!
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dakazi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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konno-yumi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Beautiful concept! ^^ Never seen it with rats before. :P
Really cute, and well done ^^
:+fav:
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dakazi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'd love to do a whole set of knotwork and Celtic-inspired illustrations with rats.
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dakazi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oops, wrong rat illustration :B
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chakram-master Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009   Writer
interesting idea, great job!
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dakazi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :blowkiss:
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chakram-master Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009   Writer
np
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CurlsoChaos Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
AWW! that is so cute XD i actually have 3 rats of my own and i love them dearly. i don't know what i would do without them :)
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dakazi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
We currently have 4 :)
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CurlsoChaos Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
aww :)
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