Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Week 30 of 365 Days of Art Challenge

July is quickly drawing to a close. I had time to sketch this week!! I've been sick with a respiratory infection and have spent 1 1/2 weeks in bed, sleeping and resting.  I can't remember the last time I ran a fever for a week!

The good thing about this is I quickly grew bored reading, sleeping, and watching TV. I drew more than I usually get time to do this week. I continued with the dragon studies by J. "Neon Dragon" Peffer from her book DragonArt Evolution: How to Draw Everything Dragon that I've been working on the past several weeks (see last week's post).

This week, I finished the last two limb studies: delicate and furred limbs. A dragon with delicate limbs mainly flies, so it's limbs are more elongated and thinner than other dragons.

Delicate Arm of dragon - pencil on mixed-media paper.  Of

 all the limb studies, this one makes me think more of a human
arm, with elongated fingers and claws. It was a bit easier to 
draw than the other limbs have been so far. 
Delicate leg of dragon - pencil on mixed-media paper. Again, 

the leg is similar to a human leg down to the ankle. The foot is 
definitely more elongated with the toes more like fingers.
Delicate Dragon - pencil and colored pencil on mixed-media paper. I decided to use colored pencils this time, rather than pencils to create all the values. The spiky membranes below the ears and in place of horns on the head would have been more difficult to differentiate with just black/white values. I didn't feel well enough to attempt this in pencil. The colored pencils definitely made the range of values easier to achieve. I'm not totally happy with the proportions of the limbs - they still need some work. But it's a unique pose for a dragon, Overalll, I think he's a cute little dragon. 

Furred Arm of Dragon - pencil on mixed-media paper. 
Furred Leg of Dragon - pencil on mixed-media paper. 

The limbs of the furred dragon were relatively easy to sketch. There is not much musculature definition to the limbs. The fur was fairly easy in Peffer's exercise, as the fur is drawn in "clumps" rather than individual strands.

Furred Dragon - pencil and colored pencil on mixed-media paper. I enjoyed drawing this dragon. The fur was fun to add to the body and wings. However, it was also challenging to shade correctly to show the different layers in the fur. 

The Furred Dragon has been my favorite dragon to draw so far. I like the way she looks. She seems regal, proud and benevolent to me.  I'm ready to move on to the next study- which is dragon heads and facial expressions. Facial expressions will be a challenge!

Keep creating!


  1. Wow. You did do a lot of drawings this week. I think the blue/green dragon looks like he's dancing. And I didn't even know there were furred dragons. I'm not sure I've ever noticed anyone drawing furry dragons. She does look pretty impressive.

    1. Thanks, Deb. I like that idea - the blue/green dragon dancing! I don't recall seeing furry dragons, either. Maybe they live in cold, mountainous regions and therefore, are rarely seen! Lol!!

  2. I looove your dragons! Would love to meet one of them! :)

    1. Thanks! I will introduce you to one!! :) I'm having fun drawing them. I appreciate your comments - they are very encouraging!