Calligraphy – Sea mammals

In preparation for a new challenge I thought I would post up the Chinese Calligraphy for a few different sea mammals that we were considering painting…

We started our thinking with consideration of painting a seal. However, this has taken a little finding as ‘seal’ in Chinese has quite a different meaning i.e. a chop for ‘sealing’, or completing a painting.

I think I have now found it but if you know a short-hand version or something more specific please do let us know by replying to this post.

A lot of sea mammals start their name with a very literal ‘sea’:

Chinese Calligraphy - Ocean (Sea) hai3
Chinese Calligraphy – Ocean (Sea) hai3

From what I have discovered, a generic seal is regarded quite literally as a sea leopard (or panther):

Chinese Calligraphy - Seal (Ocean leopard) hai3 bao4 horiz
Chinese Calligraphy – Seal (Ocean leopard) hai3 bao4 horiz

The next variant surely must be the sea lion, which again is literally what it says:

Chinese Calligraphy - Sea lion - hai3 shi1 simpl horiz
Chinese Calligraphy – Sea lion – hai3 shi1 simpl horiz

Above is the simplified Calligraphy. If you would prefer the traditional Calligraphy this is shown below. You will notice that sea (or ocean) is the same whether traditional or simplified:

Chinese Calligraphy - Sea lion - hai3 shi1 trad horiz
Chinese Calligraphy – Sea lion – hai3 shi1 trad horiz

Finally, some people were interested in painting a walrus. This fits in beautifully with this sequence as it is literally a sea elephant in Chinese:

Chinese Calligraphy - Walrus (Sea Elephant) hai1 xiang4 horiz
Chinese Calligraphy – Walrus (Sea Elephant) hai1 xiang4 horiz

I trust you have fun painting your sea mammals. Please do post any inspirations as we would love to see them.

Happy painting and keep safe.

Best wishes,

Paul

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