Moving House

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In this turbulent world far too often we feel the desire to relocate. Perhaps a change of scenery will provide us the stability and safety we desire? For modern dragons this desire is all too familiar, in fact it is the reason they have survived up to our present age at all. But unlike other animals, easily able to migrate or flee to and fro at the slightest hint of danger or detection, dragons have to deal with an all too human problem when the need to move strikes them. Logistics. Dragons have earthly treasures to consider and favorite furry friends too! Add to that the need to avoid detection and dragons have real challenges to face when moving house. So how do they do it?

Choosing the evening hours for travel goes a long way when avoiding prying eyes and a cloudy day doesn’t hurt either. Safety in numbers is also a good rule. It is not uncommon for smaller dragon species to nest and hoard with larger dragons both for the obvious protection reasons and the less obvious being-a-dragon-in-our-modern-age-and-having-to-stay-hidden-all-the-time-is-boring-on-your-own reasons. ‘Many claws also means more treasure transported’ as the old dragon saying goes.  Even when a dragon and companions take great care to relocate in secret and leave not a hint of their passing, the transportation of their precious treasures over great distances with claws, tails, teeth and what ever primitive means they can devise means that losses can’t be avoided.

So if you ever awaken to the sound of coins tinkling on your roof or find a stray watch or even a cookie crumb trail of a completely random assortment of shiny objects in your garden perhaps it isn’t your neighbor throwing trash over your fence again, perhaps this time you had a scaly logistical nightmare passing over your house on the way to greener pastures.

I have a youtube channel!

I am excited to announce I have created a youtube channel. I hope to make it a place where you can see more about the process of creating the artworks for the modern dragon. It has been quite a challenge learning the software and skills needed (although not super complicated) it was always intimidating to me. So I’m chuffed to have this first video under my belt. I am thankful for your support both here, my Patreon page and now my youtube channel.

If there are any aspects of my art you would like to see in my videos let me know. I hope they will become a fun part of the modern dragon experience.

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Food Fight

 

Dragons are greedy by nature.They have a “first come, only served” policy when it comes to distribution of edibles. Even if there is plenty of food to go around there isn’t enough to go around. There is an abundance of stray food in our modern world, enough to ensure that the dragon population could be well fed, but often this isn’t the case. Dragons will expend much energy ensuring they are the only ones to eat when an easy meal is found. In our modern world one man’s trash is a dragons menu.

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I have created a Patreon page!

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Hi everyone ,

Firstly thank you for following my blog! I really appreciate that you like my work enough to want to keep up to date with my posts!

As those who are fans of my work on the modern dragon and I would like to let you know  you can now support me directly by becoming a patron! This will allow me to devote more time and effort to the creation of new art and ultimately a book for the modern dragon!

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But I can’t do it without your support. So please consider making a pledge.

There are some awesome rewards for your contributions and there will be even better rewards in the future as I’m able to devote more time to it. Even the smallest contribution when made by many people adds up to something significant. rewards20art_04_zpso3skp61m

Please stop on by my page here: Lynton Levengood’s Patreon  and if your able to, make a pledge and become a patron.

Thanks so much for you support thus far, I hope to get a whole bunch more awesome dragon madness coming your way soon!

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Great Hunter

Mouse Catcher Dragon_x1600Majestic. That is the word that best described the great dragons of old. They were proud and noble and terrible to behold. They looked down upon the works of men and defied them to the last. Fear was an emotion that they were unfamiliar with. Their hunting ability was legendary- They would take and none could challenge. Not so with many a modern dragon. They would sooner flee than risk a direct encounter with people, which has kept them alive until now. However from time to time an anomaly appears, a modern dragon with a fearless heart, a heart  like one of the dragons of old. Though often small, these dragons are fearless hunters and are able to take from man what matters most!

My Toy!

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“If you love something, set it free. If it comes back it’s yours, if not, it was never yours to begin with.” Let the words of this famous saying sink in. Meditate on their wisdom, let the soothing peace wash over you. Sayings like these are comforting to us and it shouldn’t be surprising that other intelligent beings like dragons also have comforting sayings. In fact they even have one that is quite similar in nature to the above mentioned! Albeit coloured slightly by a different value system. Though I’m sure some people subscribe to this version of the saying too. I believe it goes something like this ” If you love something, it’s mine, if I love something ,it’s mine! You can’t have it! it’s mine! don’t you look at it… I see that look in your eyes! No stop it! I can’t hear you! NA NA NA NA NA NAAAAAAAAH! MINE, MINE, MINE!” I might be paraphrasing a bit but you get the just of it.

Wolf’s Clothing “Making of”

Hello my followers, firstly thank you for making the step to follow this blog. Up until now I have posted only when I have an image ready and an appropriate story to go with it. However I feel that there is much that I could add to this blog if I expand on it and give it other functions. I have decided to add a “Making of” Category where I can post about my process and possibly some early sketches. It would also be a great platform to interact with those of you who are interested in the artistic process. Please let me know what your thoughts are and if you would like to see more of this sort of post. Thanks for your support of this blog and my work, Lynton.

 

1.I started Wolfs Clothing by doing rough sketches on loose paper. When I was happy with the size and composition I did a graphite rub on the back of the paper,  laid out the images on the illustration board and transferred the sketches by tracing them with a ball point pen.1

2.You can see the the line work faintly on the board. I don’t press too hard as I don’t want to dent the board, but there is enough information transferred there for me to start pencilling the final line work.2

3. It takes a while to do the final line work but I find the more detail I add in this phase the easier it is when it comes to painting. It’s much simpler to work out the curve of scales over an object in pencil than it is in paint. I don’t shade in pencil though as that would muddy up my water colours.3

A close up. I did very minimal detail on hair as I will suggest all that detail with the paint.5Final line work of the wolf. Before I painted him I used a putty eraser or soft eraser to pick up all the excess pencil. The wool had to look white and dark pencil is hard to cover up with light colours.6

4.I then started adding the water colour. I use very thin washes and I don’t go too dark too quickly. Things that are further back in space I will leave a little lighter, this helps with the feeling of depth.8

The finished water colour image. I went much further with water colour than I had  initially intended, but I was getting good results so I didn’t want to mess it up just because I felt I should switch to acrylics. However there is still plenty of work to do at this point in the painting. To reach the next level of detail I need acrylics.9

5.The dragon post acrylic. Here I  added  blue highlights to suggest a sky. I also just tighten up the whole image. The darks are a little darker and I get rid of some of the overkill specular highlights. I take a lot of photo’s while I paint. Not just for documentation but I also see the image better when it is on my tiny camera screen. It really helps me see quickly how my image is reading.13

I take the same approach with the wolf and sheep, keeping it very light initially.10

6.All three ducks in a row! Here you can see my colour mock ups. I painted them roughly in Photoshop and print them out as a colour guide while I’m painting.12

7.I love adding detail and I’m getting happier and happier with what I am able to squeeze out of traditional mediums. Thought you might like to see a proper close up of his face.

Well if you have gone through this thanks for reading. If you like what I do please share with others who you think will like it too!15