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.

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

A job well done!

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Dragons as a species are incredibly task oriented.  They are goal setters and go-getters. They see a pile of treasure, they covet a pile of treasure and they steal a pile of treasure. Or they see a beautiful bouquet of flowers they covet  a beautiful bouquet of flowers and the tear up a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Even though the gene-pools of many of the worlds remaining dragon species are severely lacking a deep end not one has lost it’s mischievous tendencies. The Modern dragon’s smaller size is what has kept it out of trouble (or extinction). Small scale mischief may result in a missing garden ornament or shiny bike or unfortunately some poultry. These kinds of things largely pass unnoticed in our fast paced world. The same mischievous tendencies had their gigantic ancestors holding villages hostage for sheep and maidens fair. This resulted in them battling head to head with mankind’s greatest heroes and ultimately led to their demise. I suppose when it comes to dragons the difference between extreme danger and mischief is a matter of scale.

Wolf’s clothing

The only thing more dangerous than a wolf in sheep’s clothing is a dragon in wolfs clothing. Dragons are the undisputed apex predator of every food chain. Their cunning and tenacity have allowed them to maintain a low profile in our modern era. Forsaking their old hunting tactics of raining fire down from above, openly flying the skies and generally being highly conspicuous, they rather opt for more stealthy operations like seamlessly blending in with their desired prey, getting them acclimatized to their presence, gaining their trust and waiting for the ideal time to strike.