Thursday, May 30, 2013

Baroque Dragon

Naturally, my next step in making Baroque fantasy art is to add a dragon. They seem the perfect beasts to inhabit the seventeenth-century mixture of Roman paganism and Biblical apocalyptic. The more spiky and decorated dragons might even be camouflaged among the cut cornices and carved biomorphic ornaments. Is it the dragon of Revelation, or the visitor from a prehistoric alternate universe? Fantasy worlds like "Warhammer" blend Baroque design with futuristic space warriors.

When I was a surrealistic teenager I used to listen to a hilarious radio program called "DeKoven Presents." It was created by an erudite eccentric, known only as "DeKoven" to his fans. DeKoven played music from the Baroque and later Rococo periods, and he combined them into "Barococo." It had nothing to do with dragons, but inspired generations of listeners to pay attention to this musical heritage.

Gel pen ink on sketchbook page, 4" x 3", May 30, 2013.

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