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Original Pen & Ink Drawing by Anita Inverarity

Wisdom is found in many a small thing :) x
I have always been fascinated by ancient far east culture and the beautiful customs & costumes. I spent a lot of 2009 immersed in a set of drawings.
My complete Beautiful Asia series is now available in a Calender

Original available. Please enquire if interested. NB: It has been reworked

Based on a photo reference of the wonderful and talented artist Ming Myaskovsky
The Rat is a Symbol of Wisdom
The Rat (鼠) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Rat is associated with the earthly branch symbol 子. In some parts of the world, a year associated with this animal 鼠 is referred to as Year of the Mouse because the word may be translated to “rat”, “mouse”, or more broadly, “rodent”.



asia, flowers, geisha, japan, kimono, myth, rat, wisdom

Anita Inverarity is a fine art illustrator residing in North East Scotland. Her intricate line work is influenced by the classic Victorian illustrators, pop surrealism and underground culture displaying a classic vibe with a modern twist.

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  • Kestrelle
    Kestrellealmost 5 years ago

    it’s another beautiful image :)

  • Thank you Kestrelle xxx

    – Anita Inverarity

  • frogster
    frogsteralmost 5 years ago

    Great work Anita

  • Thank you so much Larry xx

    – Anita Inverarity

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful work, Anita!!!!!

  • Thank you dear Catherine xx

    – Anita Inverarity

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome job………… the rat!! LOL.

  • Thank you honey pie xx

    – Anita Inverarity

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic Anita!!

  • Thank you JK xx

    – Anita Inverarity

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 5 years ago

    Incredible Anita!! :)

  • Thank you Keith xx

    – Anita Inverarity

  • Lenora Brown
    Lenora Brownalmost 5 years ago

    Don’t like rats no matter the symbolic meaning; however, the unmistakeable gift cannot be denied. Beautiful!

  • Thank you sweet Lenora- I used to have a pet rat, which changed my mind forever, they are so cuddly (lol I can see you shiver) xxxx

    – Anita Inverarity

  • Poisonlolly
    Poisonlollyalmost 5 years ago

    Great work! well done!

  • Thank you Lolly xxx

    – Anita Inverarity

  • Sarah ORourke
    Sarah ORourkealmost 5 years ago

    Beautifully done! Those tiny flowers are so effective!!!
    Heehee the ones stretching outside the circle remind me a little of powercords!

  • Thank you so much- hee hee- I can see that now you say :)))) Must be my Phil’s influence, he has wires all over the place xxx

    – Anita Inverarity

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadalmost 5 years ago

    I love this, and Ming is a beautiful model…

  • Thank you so much Mark, I hoped to get her softer, more pretty- she’s a very lovely muse xxx

    – Anita Inverarity

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