Category Archives: Sketches

Cover Design: The Process

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Here are some sketches I’ve made for my latest illustration commission. They will be part of the cover design for J.D. Dorr’s epic fantasy “The Dragon Slayer.”

The picture at the top is half of the final symbol of a dragon that I thought would be a nice eye catcher 🙂

The Making of a Dragon

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Villian from R. Ann Greenes "The Stones of Caron - Book One: What Time Handed Them"
Villian from R. Ann Greenes “The Stones of Caron – Book One: What Time Handed Them”

Some Dragon Art

'Dragon Cry' artwork by Michelle Rene Goodhew
‘Dragon Cry’ artwork by Michelle Rene Goodhew

 

Dragon Knowledge


A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan (namely the Japanese dragon), Korea and other East Asian countries.

The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries.


 

'European Dragon' - artwork by Michelle Rene Goodhew
‘European Dragon’ – artwork by Michelle Rene Goodhew

Although dragons occur in many legends around the world, different cultures have varying stories about monsters that have been grouped together under the dragon label. Some dragons are said to breathe fire or to be poisonous, such as in the Old English poem Beowulf. They are commonly portrayed as serpentine or reptilian, hatching from eggs and possessing typically scaly or feathered bodies. They are sometimes portrayed as hoarding treasure. Some myths portray them with a row of dorsal spines. European dragons are more often winged, while Chinese dragons resemble large snakes. Dragons can have a variable number of legs: none, two, four, or more when it comes to early European literature.

Dragons are often held to have major spiritual significance in various religions and cultures around the world. In many Asian cultures dragons were, and in some cultures still are, revered as representative of the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe. They are associated with wisdom—often said to be wiser than humans—and longevity. They are commonly said to possess some form of magic or other supernatural power, and are often associated with wells, rain, and rivers. In some cultures, they are also said to be capable of human speech. In some traditions dragons are said to have taught humans to talk.

The blood of a slain dragon is depicted as either beneficent or as poisonous in medieval legend and literary fiction. In German legend, dragon blood has the power to render invincible skin or armor bathed in it, as is the case with Siegfried’s skin or Ortnit’s armor. In the Slavic myth, the Earth refuses it as it is so vile that Mother Earth wishes not to have it within her womb, and it remains above ground for all eternity. The blood of the dragon in Beowulf has acidic qualities, allowing it to seep through iron. Heinrich von Winkelried dies after the blood of the dragon slain by him accidentally drips on him.

In Ancient Greece the first mention of a “dragon” is derived from the Iliad where Agamemnon is described as having a blue dragon motif on his sword belt and an emblem of a three-headed dragon on his breast plate. However, the Greek word used (δράκων drákōn, genitive δράκοντοϛ drákontos) could also mean “snake”.

In 217 AD, Flavius Philostratus (Greek: Φλάβιος Φιλόστρατος)[5] discussed dragons (δράκων, drákōn) in India in The Life of Apollonius of Tyana (II,17 and III,6–8). The Loeb Classical Library translation (by F.C. Conybeare) mentions (III,7) that “In most respects the tusks resemble the largest swine’s, but they are slighter in build and twisted, and have a point as unabraded as sharks’ teeth.”

According to a collection of books by Claudius Aelianus called ‘On Animals’, Ethiopia was inhabited by a species of dragon that hunted elephants. It could grow to a length of 180 feet and had a lifespan rivaling that of the most enduring of animals.

 
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New Illustration Project

New Illustration Project

Doing sketches for the cover of the  sequel to “Arafura”  by Susan Lattwein.


Sketching the Ship
Sketching the Ship

 

This is my initial sketch for the cover which I will be doing in pastels. I am wanting to use some prety bright and bold colors that I think will make this cover just fantastic.


Color Palette
Color Palette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

arafura-cover2V2Arafura (Romance)

 by Susan Lattwein.

Darwin schoolteacher Kat is planning to marry when her long-term fiancé finds the time. When the magnetic and troubled Adam arrives in town, Kat’s predictable life begins to unravel. Now she must wrestle with the pull of instant attraction complicated by post traumatic stress, loyalty and a dead body. This original love story takes the reader on an evocative journey exploring our self-imposed limits, desire for intimacy and more……