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.
Despite common belief dragons despise butterflies. I am not quite sure why, though I have a theory.
Butterflies are beautiful and colourful, they are the treasures of the animal kingdom. However they are also alive, making them difficult to catch and they have a general unwillingness to lie down and become a permanent fixture in a pile of treasure. Should they be caught they also disintegrate in heat and with rough handling.
Thus Butterflies are an unending source of frustration to dragons. They covet butterflies yet ultimately destroy the treasure they long to poses. It is probably then, in their frustration that they burn to dust the entire field of flowers the butterfly once called home and return to their cave to curl up on some less rebellious treasures.
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.
I managed to get hold of Mr. Ken Johnson and he was kind enough to let me go visit him on his farm and show me where he had made the discovery.
I arrived on his picturesque farm in the heart of the Winelands, he welcomed me with not a small bit of suspicion, though he seemed to relax when it became clear I was not interested in the treasure as much as where it was found and what the “bush pig’s den” looked like. He drove me to the South West corner of his plot where there was a small mound with an old oak tree laying down the one side. There was a trench dug all the way into the centre from the base. The soil had collapsed in the centre revealing the walls of what used to be rounded cavity about 6 feet across.
Ken explained that the oak tree used to sit at the top of the mound but was pulled over when excavation required that they dig underneath it. I asked him how they had made the discovery and this is what he said.
” I had been having problems with bush pigs, they can ruin crops if left unchecked. I thought I had finally discovered their den. There was a hole at the base of the mound and my men and I started digging it out. We were startled to see how large the tunnel was and it plunged straight down into water which was unusual. It wasn’t long before I realised it could not be a bush pig’s den, we would have given up but we started to find coins, lot’s of coins and other small objects like cutlery and beer bottles. After about 3 hours of digging we came across something staggering. It was a huge mound consisting of coins, rubbish as well as some valuable antiques. I then called the authorities, I figured it was some sort of robbers stash.”
No one came to claim the treasure and there hasn’t been any report of the objects being stolen so the the find has remained with Ken. The odd collection of objects made no sense to the authorities. Most of the coins were pocket change with the exception of some Kruger Rands and some rare coins which had great value to collectors. Mixed in with the coins were CD’s, a Disco ball, a bicycle tyre, a golf club, kitchen knives, silver cutlery, cellular phones, car keys, jewellery, antique silverware and even a teddy bear. The only connection that they were able to make between the mish-mash of objects is that they are all shiny, like items you would find in a raven’s nest. Something else interesting that Ken mentioned was that there was a strange smell like sulphur in the air inside the cavity.
I believe that Ken had a dragon on his property! I have done my best to portray the den as I believe it was before it was destroyed. I don’t know what kind of dragon it is so I took some artistic licence. Despite my enthusiasm Ken wasn’t so convinced, however I am thankful for his willingness to let me see and explore the site and I appreciate his help in piecing together what it looked like.
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.
Dragons, they have become rare in our day and age. They live secretive lives and the chances of seeing one are slim to none. Many of the great dragon species have perished.
This however is one of the little ones who have quietly endured even to the present day, the Emerald Tree Dragon or (Sock Dragon). Like all dragons the desire to hoard treasure is overwhelming. However the lack of hoards of gold and jewels makes it difficult. This species has come to appreciate a different kind of treasure. This answers one of the biggest questions I have each day: “Where do all my socks get off to?”