The Rat is part of series of the 12 Animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac. In the foreground is the Chinese character for the Rat.

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Rat people are said to be clever, meticulous, and charming.
You are probably a Rat if you were born in 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, or 1924, but double-check the exact dates if your birthday is in mid-January to mid-February because the Lunar New Year is on a different date each year. Wikipedia’s Chinese Zodiac page is a good starting point for more information about all of the signs and their meanings.

Drawn with a brush-pen on 11×14″ bristol paper with digital color. Copyright 2009 Stephanie Smith, contact me for re-use and customization!

This image is also available in black and white in full color cards and wall art and as T-shirts.

Part of the Chinese Zodiac 2010 Calendar

Also available on a variety of other gift items in my Zazzle shop — new items weekly!

And on ornaments and other gifts in my CafePress shop

See the rest of the work in the: Chinese Zodiac series

Other variations:

Stephanie Smith is an illustrator and graphic designer who loves to draw.

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  • Lynsye Medalia
    Lynsye Medaliaabout 5 years ago

    What a cute, wise, little pack rat! :) I love it! (’84 here)

  • Thank you Lynsye!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederabout 5 years ago

    love this series, great illustration style, very charming xx

  • Thanks, Barbara! Yours is looking great too…. these sets of 12 take a lot of work, don’t they? :)

    – Stephanie Smith

  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralabout 5 years ago

    You actually made the rat look noble. Love all of these Stephanie!

  • Thank you! The rat in this context symbolizes compassion, communication, and cleverness, so I tried to bring that across in the drawing.
    (Guess I need to add that to the description, LOL)

    – Stephanie Smith

  • Katya Lavorovna
    Katya Lavorovnaalmost 4 years ago

    Exquisite drawing and composition.

  • Thank you, Katya!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work; I like the variations, too!

  • Thanks Cindy! Sometimes I fear having so many versions is a sign of chronic indecisiveness but they’re TOO much fun, lol!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • Zack Nichols
    Zack Nicholsover 3 years ago

    First across the river…
    Nice work.

  • Thanks, Zack!

    – Stephanie Smith

  • artsmithstudios
    artsmithstudiosabout 3 years ago

    Nice work! This is my Chinese Zodiac sign!! Looks great!!! I will be ordering something of this image from you soon!!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Stephanie Smith

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