Commissioned Watercolor of Admiral Yi Sun-sin
This original watercolor by Tim Myrick depicts Korean Admiral Yi Sun-sin* and his famous Turtle Ship. Please see below for the continuation of the story about the painting, Admiral Yi, and Tim’s association with Taekwondo.
The following images illustrate the process of creating this beautiful commissioned work – from original drawing to finished watercolor.
The painting was commissioned by Chief Master Michael Caruso and the Masters Counsel of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) in commemoration of the late Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee, who was a student of the life and history of Admiral Yi Sun-sin. The original watercolor was presented to his widow, Mrs. H.U. Lee, at the ATA World Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada in the summer of 2011. This highly anticipated event also marked the first time in history that a new Grand Master was inaugurated at the retirement, rather the death of his predecessor.
Tim researched Admiral Yi’s life and studied all available images of him and his ‘Turtle Ship’ in preparation to paint this important commissioned work.
NOTE: In addition to his distinguished career as a graphic designer and award-winning watercolorist, Tim is a 4th degree black belt candidate in Taekwondo. He practices and teaches at the ATA Black Belt Academy on Miles Road in Orange Village, Ohio.
*About Admiral Yi Sun-sin: “Admiral Yi Sun-sin was born in Geoncheon-dong, Seoul, on March 8, 1545. Admiral Yi Sun-sin was a preeminent warrior who was never defeated in at least 23 battles under his command for seven years. However, he was not just a brilliant commander, he was also a true leader who wholeheartedly loved his country and its people, and sacrificed himself to protect them. Hence, Koreans regard him as one of the greatest heroes of Korean history.” http://yisunsin.prkorea.com/life.htm