Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Star Dragon

Dragons are a standard item in the fantasy art repertoire, yet this is the only dragon I've ever done that I've really liked. It's inspired by the constellation "Draco," which is always visible in the clear Northern Hemisphere sky. Most dragons depicted in Euro-American art which I've seen are rather clunky for the fierce mythical beings that they should be. They're overloaded with spines and teeth and are equipped with tiny little wings that wouldn't lift them into the air, even if they used bumblebee aerodynamics. My dragon gets to be graceful because it is made out of glowing nebula gas. It doesn't need wings, because it's already floating in space. And if it breathes fire, there's plenty of plasma to serve the purpose.

I am mildly sorry that I can't provide you with brand new art that often, these days. I am working on projects that are either work-related (Trader Joe's) or for private clients where it would not be helpful to publicize it before its release. I'll try to continue showing the best of the vintage until the situation eases up.

"Draco" is acrylic on illustration board, 7" x 10", February 1988. The spacey pictures you have been seeing recently are all from one series, painted at the same time.

1 comment:

Tristan Alexander said...

Good Dragon, he looks very Oriental. As for the new art not being shown, I understand. I am in a similar situation. I have a few commissions that are time sensitive and that can't be shown before a certain time. I have alot of ideas for art that I can't work on till these are done. So old art and my story is what I am posting for now.