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.
Of all the behaviors of the modern dragon, the most puzzling at first glance is their friendship with cats. In ancient times the greatest dragons came equipped with mighty intellects. Some were even able to bend the minds of would be heroes to their will, sending them back out into the world as ‘thralls’, faithful servants who would achieve the dragon’s ends in places the dragon could not personally go. In our day very few dragons remain with the strength required to enthrall men. Cats on the other hand are plentiful and make amazing thralls. Swift hunters and inconspicuous, faithfully serving their dragon masters, bringing them mice and birds that they could not catch themselves without being noticed by us. The relationship is not one sided however. Few dogs would dare to tangle with a dragon, and dragons on account of their fiery insides are delightfully warm. Just perfect for cats to warm themselves on.
“I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish to have them in the neighbourhood. But the world that contained even the imagination of Fáfnir was richer and more beautiful, at whatever the cost of peril.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
The great dragons have not been seen for millennia. They have hidden themselves deep within the bones of the earth. In order to understand the Modern Dragon it is important to learn about where they came from.
Dragons of old would guard objects of great power and magic. Swords and armour that would make their bearers unbeatable, rings of power that could sway the course of destiny. These objects have been lost to history and sadly so have many of the dragons that protected them.
However modern dragons still have an almost uncanny sense of which objects sway the destiny of the modern home.
Well, it’s the new year and I have had an exciting adventure that has kept me busy all month! It started when I stumbled upon this article, and realised what an incredibly rare opportunity I had been presented with. I suspected that what had in fact been discovered was a dragon’s hoard! So I set out to see if I could get a look at the actual site.
Do not trouble a dragon guarding his treasure. That has always been the rule, unless you were a brave knight fixing for the battle of your life. Through out history there have been tales of great hoards of treasure guarded by deadly dragons. Sigurd and Fafnir, Beowulf and his last opponent the fire breathing dragon to name just two. But what is it that draws them to treasure? Are they just magpies of the large scaly variety? Do they use their hoards to attract mates? One thing is certain, dragons like shiny things and are always on the look out for new acquisitions.
Here we can see that gold draws dragons like a a flame draws moths. It appears our world of shiny printed media and advertisement, has left many a dragon disappointed.
As we have already seen the lack of golds availability has led to some creative hoarders, the Sock Dragon and the Junk Yard Dragon are two notable examples. Though I really would like to have a good proper look at a modern day dragon’s den. I have heard reports of farmers discovering “Sink holes” with small fortunes of coins and other odds and ends of value revealed to be inside.That sounds like a dragons den to me! I must see If I can investigate such a find.
Historically speaking dragons have often been associated with water. They, like any top predator, would secure for themselves that most valuable of resources and defend it. They would often establish a burrow or occupy a cave close by their chosen water source. Whether that water source was a town well, watering hole, dam or lake did not bother them. Understandably this would often lead to conflict. First with farmers who were used to not having to contend with a ferocious wall of scales, claws, teeth and flames whenever they lead their cattle to water. Then followed shortly after by a brave knight, or two or three (Depending on the size and ferocity or the dragon). These cases almost always led to the eventual demise of the dragon, and the reclaiming of the precious water source hopefully unspoiled by toxic dragon blood.
In our day, water is easily accessible in most first world countries. I would imagine that very few wonder if they can safely secure a cup of water. This bounty has worked out great for modern dragons who are smart enough to figure out our complex water storage devices.