This is the 3/4 size figure of Yu the Great. The portrait is based on Chowyun Fat's face. The appearance of Yu the Great is normally an old Chinese man, however in my sculpture, I made him to have four arms and strong muscles which looks like a Renaissance style sculpture.
The reason why he has four arms it is because in some stories, he has four weapons as shown on the war in the picture:
For normal human, it is impossible to perform the four weapons at the same time and because Yu is a legendary character, it is not strange that he has four arms. Because during that ancient time, there were lots of people who have three heads or six legs.
I used the traditional western sculpting style to present the traditional Chinese character because it is interesting to combine the both features of traditional Chinese sculpture (Chinese sculpture always has curves and round shape on the sculpture because round shape in Chinese philosophy means harmony, Chinese people like to use this shape on the sculptures to seek peace. In my sculpture the design of the dragon is in a circle which used the feature of Chinese sculpture) and classic Western sculpture (sculpture during Greek and Rome times were really vivid and most of them shows the beauty of human body.)
Also, I used my knowledge of Chinese philosophy and combine the 'Theory that man is an integral part of nature' with the sculpture. 'Theory that man is an integral part of nature' means human should obey the nature, do not destroy any part of the nature. In this sculpture, although Yu defeated the dragon but he didn't kill the dragon. He asked the dragon to help him of dredging rivers. It also shows the idea of Chinese Martial Arts, Fighting is not for killing, it is also another method of communication.