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.
Majestic. 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!
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.
The existence of gnomes is a hotly debated topic in scientific circles. All possible concrete evidence of their existence is believed by most to be lost to the ancient past. I believe that frequently reported aspects of dragon behaviour may prove that they did in fact exist and what’s more, I am almost certain that dragons played a part in their disappearance. Why would I think this? Firstly Gnomes would have been rich in protein, and being a peace loving people would have been easy pickings for a hungry dragon, or even a not so hungry dragon just wanting a snack. Therefore it is highly probable that Gnomes formed an important part of the ancient dragons food chain. Secondly, the common garden Gnome is the most popular modern depiction of the Gnome, they are small and generally made of concrete. People in known dragon hot-spots have frequently reported stolen, smashed and even burned garden ornaments which leads me to believe that these little figures are still etched in collective dragon memory as a food item. This, I believe, lends strong evidence to the possible existence of the Gnome people and an explanation for their extinction; Being small and tasty and completely unable to fend off hungry dragons.
The modern dragon is not an easy creature to find. Dragons in modern times are elusive, shy, secretive creatures. They are, for the most part, but a shadow of what once was.
When I heard of a junk yard which had problems with their guard dogs going missing my suspicions were aroused. After many painstaking hours my suspicions were confirmed. It was a ‘Little Red’, a distant descendant of the great Red Fire Breathing Dragons of old who’s pride it was to take captive cities and demand sheep, cattle and virgins for their daily fee.
Thankfully the Little Red’s influence seems limited to feline companions who get warmth from his belly and bring him mice in return. It would also seem his hunger for guard dog has helped to cement the friendship…