I had some back problems a few weeks ago-problems meaning really alot of pain whenever I moved or sat down or did anything but lay flat on my back. It was really annoying-and made it difficult to get anything at all done. I had a big long word for joint inflammation that may have been caused by my constant bending over glass things. Or maybe I shouldn't have tried to do that one set of ab exercises....I think it must have been that (then I can rule out doing exercise for awhile right??!) Anyway-while I was doing nothing I hauled out my dragon pattern that I drew last year and then never got around to making. I asked for color ideas on my facebook page and got all these cool ideas. So then I realized that all the cool ideas wouldn't work in one dragon, and I had nothing else I could do, so I drew dragon patterns. I kinda went a little dragon crazy once I got started. Only problem is that now I have more patterns and nothing actually made. I do have the original one started though!
So, here's the thing-there are lots of different styles of dragons out there, and depending on the area of the world they have distinct looks. I even learned that the number of toes differs depending on the country that some of the dragons came from. I don't know if I got that into it, but I did try to be different in mine. This one is more traditional, European knights and St George and all that. He's half ground -and will look really cool in the sunlight-the wings I like especially because they are this whispy purplish blue color
Alot of color combo ideas were red and yellow or gold-ones that would go well with an Asian dragon. And my kids not too long ago watched Spirited Away (we are pretty much in love with Miyazaki movies-ever since Totoro we were hooked) which had pretty impressive dragon character that I was thinking about. So, this is my end result-and I have some perfect red glass to use on it.
This one was disgustingly called "a girly dragon" by my son, but it looks like it would fit in nicely in a happy little fairy tale kingdom where they have pink castles and cheerful royal families. Ok-so it's a girly dragon-I think I will make it pink and purple.
This one is still a bit of a work in progress. I want a flying dragon, but I am not totally happy with the wing positions, or the feet positions, I don't know-something just isn't quite right yet, but it is getting there. By the time I get the other ones done in glass hopefully I will have this pattern figured out!
I figured out that if I sat in just one certain position, my back didn't hurt, and I was a little bored with only drawing, so I brought out some watercolors for this one. I drew an ice dragon pattern that is very similar to what I painted-I just thought it would be fun to see it in color. Although when I do it in glass I am imagining less blue and more white. (and not so many jagged edges on the wings...that would take forever!)
My back is doing better now, and I am being careful not to exercise too much (hehe) and to do less bending, and it seems to be staying healthy. Now I need to just stay focused and actually get these all made! Drawing patterns and never following through on them is kinda an issue I have...and just yesterday I went to the zoo and there were beautiful peacocks and I took some pictures thinking I should draw up a peacock pattern....
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