Sunday, August 13, 2017

First comes painting, Then comes sketching

While enjoying my new acrylics hobby, I started a painting and decided I wanted to include a dragon statue in one of them. There was, though, a hurdle I had to overcome. I don't know how to paint a dragon. I pondered a bit and realized I didn't know how to draw a dragon either.

So, I picked up Michael Dobrzycki's The Art of Drawing Dragons, Mythological Beasts, and Fantasy Creatures at Michael's. I opened its pages, grabbed a sketchbook, and took a very deep breath. I vowed to not cower before the intimidating task at hand.

Much to my astonishment, they turned out better than I expected. I've still not painted a dragon yet, but I have now drawn a few. And I will draw more. I can use the practice.

And for your amusement, here are the ones I've done, shown in the order I did them. (I've captioned each drawing with the title used by the book.)

Fire Dragon

Storm Dragon

Hatchling

Drake

Hydra

Amphitere

Lindworm

Wyvern

(Just a bare naked tree -- not from the book)

So, I guess I've acquired two new hobbies this year.

19 comments:

  1. Wowsers. Colour me awed.
    And grateful. Too many dragons would be barely enough. (I am a fan of the elegance of naked trees too.)

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  2. Hi Jeff - these are amazing ... brilliant - gosh what a talent. That's wonderful to have found another passion ... and it'll lead you out to so many other artistic projects - just to add to your other talents. Dragons, Wyverns and trees - all good subjects ... enjoy and please show us more - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you! I'm finding that writing and painting and sketching all seem to fill the creativity tanks of the others.

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  3. Wow Jeff, I am absolutely awestruck. I do love dragons they speak to me so deeply. I would love to use fire dragon or storm dragon for a poem! I think you are finding you have hidden talents :)

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    1. Methinks you can't go wrong with dragons in poems! Go for it!

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  4. More dragons .. the world cannot have too many dragons. :D

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  5. I rather like Storm Dragon, not seen it before. Or one or two of the others. I love the drawings and if you do get round to painting them I bet they will be really awesome. What about the Scarlet Dragon in your book. Grandma Dragon

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    1. Painting Rendowin (and his mate Verithica) is my ultimate dragon art aspiration. I fear I'll never be able to do him justice.

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  6. can't even draw stick figures. I'm in awe of your talent.

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    1. Ah, I bet you're much better than you give yourself credit for. :)

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  7. Hey Jeff,

    You are one talented dude and I've admired your sketches on Farcebook, um, Facebook.

    Now, I wont say something predictable about my comment starting to dragon on and on and on....

    Nice one.

    Gary :)

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    1. Thanks, Gary! I do love your comments, dude, even when they dragon and on. :)

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  8. These are amazing! So many wonderful details. I've tried drawing dragons in the past, but they were nowhere near as impressive as this. (I failed immensely at it, in fact, haha.) Best of luck with your future dragon sketches, and the eventual painting of one--they'll no doubt be fantastic!

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    1. Thank you, Heather! I'm looking forward to working up the nerve to actually paint one! hahaha!

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