Living in Wales, it’s very hard to ignore the fact that there are dragons everywhere I look. There is one on the national flag, they adorn castles, bridges and street corners- and pop up in unexpected places- like my local archery supplies store- some very creative soul had made a dragon out of various bow parts and then sprayed the whole thing fire engine red. It was awesome- note to self- take a photo the next time!
I had recently set myself a challenge to make 100 drawings of horses- one a day for one hundred days. No problem I thought- I draw every day anyway and love horses. I made it to around day 25 when those fierce Welsh dragons started banging on the doors of my imagination- “draw me, draw me!” they roared. Stubbornly I ignored them, but I have learned over the years that when something tugs at me that strongly, I have to follow see it through or I won’t get peace from it. So alas, the horses have been put aside- for now, while I let the dragons of my imagination come out and play. It all started with a traditional Welsh dragon.
I began with a quick scribble on a page torn from one of my daughters many notebooks, and followed it through with a more solid pencil drawing.
Once I had that done, I could then see in my head how I wanted it to look, so I sketched it out a third and final time and coloured it in using a mix of watercolour pencils and polychromos coloured pencils and I’m fairly happy with the results- what do you think?