Monday, March 1, 2010

Work In Progress

In June, the museum will be having their faculty art show. Time to get working on a piece to submit to the show. I thought I'd detail the steps that go into producing a piece. Might surprise some about all the prep work. First, the quote. "If you can't stand the heat, don't tickle the dragon." - Unknown.

I've done this quote before, and I had painted a dragon with it. The lettering on the quote was fine, but the dragon was meh. I had done the dragon with watercolor pencils and the drawing didn't stand out. The dragon also seemed to be smiling, a very happy smile. I find I have to be in a very good mood to produce work I like. Otherwise, my mood comes through my hands. The smiling dragon wasn't bad, I just wanted a dragon with a fiercer mien. I drew the dragon a couple of times, and each time I ended up with a smiling dragon.

To draw inspiration for my dragon illustration, I've been looking at a drawing my Young One drew and then enhanced using Paint Shop Pro X2. Her drawings are awesome, in my not so humble opinion. I've also been using a resource book of hers How to Draw Dragons and Other Mythical Creatures by Emmett Elvin.
Where do you draw inspiration from?


  1. Profound thought--that your mood comes through your hands. I think this could apply to all of us!

  2. Very interesting to hear about what goes into your creative process! I agree with Georgiana--it sounds very similar to the writing process. I'm inspired by reading about the lives of people in the past and playing the "what if" game.

  3. That is a vivid dragon. And I love the quote. My DH has a book on how to draw dragons by Jessica "NeonDragon" Peffer.