Introduction to Smaugust

Happy Freebie Friday, everyone! The past couple of days were lack of posting for the simple fact of I’ve been drawing. I found out Wednesday there’s a daily dragon drawing challenge for the month of August. Hence, Smaugust. I’m not sure if I’ll be drawing today because I have a lot to do, but I wanted to post the first two I’ve done.

Day 1 was “red dragon.” This worked out perfectly because I’ve been meaning to redesign the bust for the dragon form of my main antagonist in my novel I’m writing. His name is Clint, and he is a real A-hole for the sake of being one. Years ago, when I drew his fully body, he was actually the first dragon I had seriously drawn. I’ll put it below for reference. I’m actually very pleased with how his head turned out, even if I rushed the shading so I could get him done before natural light ran out.

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Day 2 was “baby dragon.” This was yet another perfect opportunity. I had drawn the outline for the image below quite a few months ago. I absolutely love chubby baby dragons, and I made sure to do the same with baby Skrekk. (Even though she wasn’t part of the challenge, I posted adult Skrekk below for comparisons. I thought I had posted her before, but I was mistaken.) Skrekk (Norwegian for “horror”) is very special to me because of her way of creation. Many, many years ago, I had a night terror…demon, essentially, who plagued me even into waking hours. I’ve written about it a few times. This nightmare made me scared of the dark, scared of my own mind. It drove me to near insanity.

One night in a dream, I had enough of it stalking me. I was too exhausted to keep running from it. To tired to keep being afraid. In my lucid dream, I knew that feeling of it being behind me. My spine still crawls thinking about it. But I was done. I turned around to face it, and I said, “leave me alone.” It stared at me, so I pointed and simply said, “go.” It didn’t leave. It shuddered and basically melted until a baby dragon had been revealed. I had defeated my nightmare. In turn, I was rewarded with the most adorable creature.

For my fiction, Skrekk is Aura’s dragon. However, before she became Aura’s dragon, she was her worst nightmare. I, of course, interposed my reality into my fiction. Skrekk is the last of her kind, and in efforts to protect her, a well-meaning magician cast a spell on her. Her species is more prey-acting than predatory. She mainly eats fruits, only resorting to meat if she needs to. Although, she does have her own defense. She’s brightly colored for a reason; she’s saying, “I’m toxic! If you eat me, you will die!” Anyway, the magician’s spell was supposed to gather natural materials around her to make her look less like prey. It didn’t turn out so well. Lo and behold, she eventually became an amalgamation of creature bones, dwarven machinery, and a tar-like substance. It wasn’t until Aura faced her fears did she find a baby dragon underneath it all who needed a home.

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Where Fiction Becomes Reality

Ideas of Dragons

This Sketching Sunday brings a piece I made a couple months ago. It was an original design idea I had for awhile, and I wanted to use it as the header image when I procured a new theme for my blog. Sadly, the auto-crop function takes away much of the design. I’m still learning “tech stuff,” and I had no idea how to shrink this image to fit the recommended parameters. Acrylic and ink were used to create this piece.

Bookmark Contest 2011

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I was rummaging through some old papers, and I found this, so I decided to put this up for Sketching Sunday. I drew this back in 2011 as a part of a bookmark contest for our local library. The theme was “Picture It,” so I went with the imaginings of a young lady as she read her superhero story. Unfortunately, I didn’t win or place. Nevertheless, I was proud of it. Especially with how the rocks turned out.