A Rat On Your Desktop (Happy Lunar New Year!)

As some of you may be aware today is the eve of the Lunar New Year marking the start of 16 days of the Spring Festival ending with the Lantern Festival. Celebrated by literally billions around the globe, the Spring Festival also causes the largest human migration in the world as the most important part of the Lunar New Year is the family reunion - everyone should come back home for the New Year’s Eve dinner - wherever home is.

2020 is the year of the Rat - specifically the metal (gold) rat - and is the first sign from the 12 animal cycle of Chinese Astrology. For this reason, 2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals. The Metal Rat Year is believed to be a strong, prosperous and lucky year.

Following on from the Christmas Gingerbread desktop I created - I decided to build upon the Asean brand experiment I did and produce a desktop image for your use if you want it. I changed the original renders in several ways:

  • Bigger! the new 8000px wide render is large enough to appear full resolution on any display
  • Replaced the gold bottle caps with bamboo ones
  • Adjusted the vector graphical elements
  • Added some mild camera depth of field for realism.
  • Added coins, rat sculptures and Sycee’s.
    These are gold ingots and potent symbols of wealth attainment. They were widely used as forms of currency as early as the Qin Dynasty (221 to 206 BCE) until the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912 CE)

As before all 3D elements created in Adobe Dimensions and vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator.

Enjoy and Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái! (pronounced: Kong Shee Far Chai) to you all!

A reduced version is below and the full size can be downloaded here