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About me and this blog

My name is Lynton Levengood. I am a concept artist and illustrator living in Cape Town, South Africa. My love for drawing started at an early age, motivated strongly by a childhood fascination with dinosaurs. I would ask my father to draw me dinosaurs and then trace them many times and hand them out to my friends in pre- primary school saying “look what I drew!”. After a while I didn’t need to trace anymore and the desire to draw never left me. My love for dinosaurs grew into a love for dragons and fantasy, the world of imagination. A year after high school I enrolled to study animation at The Animation School in Cape Town. I graduated in 2007 and have been working in the animation industry ever since. I enjoy creating art that tells a story. Although in my career you have to be ready to draw anything, my favorite subject is the dragon and the stories that they star in. There is just something about their power and wisdom, brute force and cunning. They make terrifying enemies or majestic allies. In my blog I would like to explore and imagine what has become of them and how they have adapted to our fast paced world.

“This blog is for those who share a love of dragons, those fire breathing creatures of yore. Their legends have filled countless tales. they have been deadly villains, powerful allies, agents of calamity and even the odd blessing. We know much of their dealings with the past… But what of the present? Here I present to you the modern dragon”.

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  1. I love your drawings and the mischievous sense of humour that goes with it. My daughter who co-worked with you, I think, on Zambezia and Kumba gave me your link.
    You guys certainly have loads of talent!
    (Signed: A “wannabe” artist)

    • Thank you Shawn, I’m glad you like my drawings and that you took the time to tell me . It’s always encouraging. I didn’t work on those two projects unfortunately, but I am at Triggerfish now so perhaps we work together now 🙂 I’m very blessed to work with the talented folk there and to contribute my talent. I think all creative’s are painfully aware of their own struggles and shortfalls so… (Signed: A fellow “wannabe” artist)

  2. My daughter had to leave Triggerfish, when after those two movies were made, they then ran out of work! She came back to Durban some years back and is now working in the PC gaming industry here. Seems happy but really does miss the Animation work of the movies. Thanks for reply.
    BTW I purchased your one print. (Storytelling Dragon in Tree – Couldn’t resist!:),

  3. I love your artwork! They have been a HUGE inspiration for my fantasy writing at school.
    I’m terrible at drawing, but a natural when it comes to computers and websites.
    I love how some are cute and funny, and others are viscous and cheeky.
    Your really talented!
    – Tigger Yay
    ( Kid coder/website designer and terrible artist )

    • Thanks so much Tigger 🙂 It’s so cool that you like writing stories. I loved reading fantasy stories in school and they are one of the main reasons I started drawing. Who knows may be your writing will inspire others to draw 🙂

    • Hmmm, that’s a tough one. Dragon spotting makes me think of you writing your stories. Sitting and watching, bringing to life a world that only you can see. May be that one ? Choose the one that makes you happy when you look at it 🙂 And thank you!

  4. Hey-hey! That’s me, a girl who is sculpting dragons from Instagram (RedPersik) 🙂
    Just checked your web-site and god damn, that is so awesome! Have you painted it yourself?
    Your story a little bit similliar to mine, ha-ha. I loved dinsaurs so much at childhood and started to sculpt them with plasticine. But then I’ve learned abut dragons and started to scupt these majestic creatures! 😀

    • Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my site, I’m glad you like it. Yes I painted all the pictures 🙂 Your Sculptures are really great! I also sculpt sometimes but mainly as lighting reference for paintings and nothing as advanced as your amazing sculpts :). Thanks for taking the time to write me. Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff on instagram.

  5. Hello good sir! I’ve been wondering about something and i feel like the smartest thing might be just to ask it.

    I’m running an online gaming community, and i’d love to use some of your dragon art for some antagonists. Of course i don’t want to simply take them and copy them somewhere, goodness no. I was wondering if they are sold as a digital copy as well since i didn’t see that option in the Print Shop.

    • Hi Miridan, Thanks for asking. Unfortunately the dragons I have painted are already being used by existing properties and are not available for licensing to other properties. If you would like information about commissioning dragon art specifically for your online gaming community please email me at themoderndragon@gmail.com.

  6. Hello fellow Safa! I am teaching and LOVE your dragons! I would love to use them to inspire the children for writing a news article about sightings of dragons. May I please have your permission for doing so? Thanks!

    • Hi there, Thanks for writing me, and a fellow Safa at that:) How do you mean by use them? If your just showing them images then by all means do 🙂 As long as you don not print and distribute or sell them outside of a classroom setup then it should be fine. If you are using them for class material that can travel beyond your classroom then we will need to draw up some sort of agreement. Let me know and thanks for asking. Best regards, Lynton.

      • Hi Lynton, It’s only for the use of showing them. We are not printing and distributing at all. Children draw their own. Many thanks!

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