Thursday, August 21, 2014

Week 33 of 365 Days of Art Challenge

This week went by quickly. I've been able to get out!! No more cabin fever!! Whoo-hoo!! It's wonderful to go out, even if it is hot. Although this week, we've actually had 4 days in a row below 100 and  in the middle of August - that is unheard of here in the Arizona desert! Certainly have been enjoying it!

I've continued with the dragon studies from J. "Neon Dragon" Peffer's book,  DragonArt Evolution: How to Draw Everything Dragon.  I started the last chapter (and largest chapter) of the book last week on dragon exercises - putting everything from the chapter on dragon anatomy together. This chapter includes exercises on types of dragon heads (see post Aug 6 or Week 31), dragon expressions (see post Aug 13 or Week 32), different types of dragons, dragon hatchlings, dragon riders, and dragon scenes.  This week I started the first of the different types of dragons - medieval dragons from European folklore. 

Most Western dragons are generally serpentine with four legs, wings, a long tale, and the ability to breathe fire. This week's study starts with differing medieval dragon heads in side view, front view, and 3/4 view.  

Horned Medieval Dragon Head, side view - pencil on mixed media paper. Overall, I am pleased 
with this dragon head. However,  I think I will limit the number of horns on each side of the head
in my own work and add a larger frill. (For these exercises, I'm not adding my own quirks, yet.)
Crested Medieval Dragon Head, front view - pencil on mixed-media paper. This head is
my favorite this week. I like her expression - she looks happy or pleased about something.
The other two dragon heads just have neutral expressions. The front view seemed a bit
easier to draw, too.
Spiked Medieval Dragon Head, 3/4 View - pencil on mixed-media paper. The 3/4 view is the hardest to achieve; although, this head doesn't show as much of the other side of the head as I would normally do in a portrait. Also, shading was more challenging, since this dragon is lighter than the others.

Next week, I continue with the study of medieval dragons, drawing the entire dragon. I'm looking forward to that!

Keep creating!!


  1. It is so inspiring to see you working through all these dragon studies. Keep it up!