|DRAGON BREATH #1|
artist Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2012
watercolor on 8x8 inch Arches 140# cp paper
According to Chinese Astrology, 2012 falls under the Year of the Dragon, starting the 23rd of January 2012 and ending the 9th of February 2013. The Year of the Dragon is said to bring luck. We could all use a little bit of luck this year especially after the recession we have experienced in the past several years. Yes! A little bit of luck! Luck is what we need.
How to Hatch a Dragon
Liking the idea of a year of luck ahead, I decided to paint a dragon to commemorate this most auspicious event. Having never painted a dragon before, I began to notice children's books, dragon books, dragon illustrations and dragon how-to books at the book stores as well as the arts and crafts stores. Eventually I bought a how-to-draw-dragons manual from Michael's Arts and Crafts store, and then I studied it. The painting shown here is partially out of my imagination. I will give credit where credit is due for the drawing composition—Michael Dobrzycki in a Walter Foster manual.
|Detail of Dragon Breath #1|
The placement of the dragon in the broken egg came from the manual, but the paint, the colors, the fire and how-on-earth-to-show-it are straight out of my mind, and that might explain why this painting is a bit cartoonish. The how-to manual shows a pencil drawing dragon with pointed scales on its back; I decided that the scales of a newly hatched dragon wouldn't be developed yet, but the hatchling just might break through the shell of its egg with a newfound fire of Dragon Breath. I have included cropped images showing a bit of my process in bringing this painting/illustration to a finish.
|Dragon Breath, stage 5.|
|Dragon Breath, stage 4.|
|Dragon Breath, stage 3.|
|Dragon Breath, stage 2.|
|Dragon Breath, stage 1.|
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January 11, 2012
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