The Chinese Zodiac animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the years. Rather than the Western concept of time which is more linear, each represent a cyclical concept of time.

Each year also has a Element distinction that decides more specifically your chinese zodiac sign.

Making the Chinese Lunar Calendar a sixty year cycle and is made up of five repetetive cycles of 12 years each.

In the Chinese Zodiac there are five basic elements of which all things are made of. Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. These are combined with the twelve animal signs of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Lamb, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig to form the sixty year cycle.

When Buddha was leaving earth, he summoned all the animals to come to him. Legand has it that only twelve animals came to bid him farewell. As a reward he named a year in the Chinese Zodiac after each one in the order that it arrived.

I could pursue the Chinese Zodiac symbols done in the hand drawn/computer manipulated mode. Here are some more things"

>>Garden of Eden (definition of perfection as a place, a place or state of purity, could be aligned with the idea of heaven) which could allow me a chance to work with florals, trees, animals.
>> Six Chicken pictures

>> Clips from the Monkey King story, otherwise referred to as Sun Wukong/ from Wiki
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 fighting against both heaven and earth

>> Or take the reduction thing out a bit with the computer. One and two color application to animals, florals etc. Choker raven mode...Really focus on the graphic development of an image. I am thinking this is the approach I take with the local illustrations (Dallas/Ft Worth, NYC, San Francisco) at Hartford to build a parallel body of work. This is the place I have a bit more confidence...and would like to have the same confidence with the more decorative illustration.
A is gone. Very exciting. Big red and white buses with all these big kids trying very hard to be cool...and not listen to the chattering of their parents. I asked for a good bye bus from the boy. He offered me the cheek as a way of presenting me the honor...while trying to be cool. Not exactly warm and friendly. Speaking of warm and friendly, Made a tube of cinnamon rolls for K. when she wakes up.