Entries in fantasy (3)


Dragon Bust

This winter, I had an urge to go back and sculpt another dragon bust (my last one was back in 2005, you can find it in the gallery here). Here is the end result! I do have lots of WIP photos that I will compile and put in a separate entry, but for now here is the finished piece. It is polymer clay and epoxy clay over a wire and foil armature, on a wooden base, painted in acrylic. It is 11.5 inches tall. The eyes are glass cabochons that I also painted. Thanks for looking!



Lung Sketching Scrolls

Here's another interesting blog I just stumbled across. It's called Lung Sketching Scrolls, and it's full of fantasy/sci-fi sketches AND reviews of art supplies. How awesome is that? The URL for the blog makes me smile, too: robotninjamonsters! The blogger explains the name of the site:

Alberto Lung ("Lung" being the Spanish-spelling for "Dragon" in Chinese) completed a Master of Science and worked in Food Safety/Brand Protection for a few years before returning to his artistic roots. As a self-taught artist combining a scientific academic background, a passion for archaeology and mythology, and some Manga inspiration, I currently design and teach cartoon-sketching workshops for children to promote their visual literacy and creativity. I often rely on speed-sketching demonstrations of ninjas and fantasy creatures to engage young audiences and introduce them to suitable art supplies to develop their drawing skills.

I especially like the reviews of the various art supply stores, and his list of links to other drawing blogs.


Walking to Idaho

Digital Art by Dee DresloughDee Dreslough is a very cool person I consider myself lucky to know. I met her in 2006 at UConn. We were in the same organic chemistry class, both returning to school as older students surrounded by Tomorrow's Virtuous Youth. We were a beacon of sensible shoes in a sea of Uggs.

Dee has created (and don't take this to mean she's crazy) an entire fantasy world of her own full of wonderful creatures. Her website includes many tutorials, but her pre-tutorial pep-talk was always my favorite. If I may quote:

I meet people who say "I can't draw". This is like saying "I'm not in Idaho." Learning any skill is as easy as getting to Idaho. They just need to make that first step, and the next, and the next, and to believe that they can be in Idaho. It's just that simple. There's no magic bullet. Practice is travel - each doodle takes you one step closer. Enjoy the ride!

I've been on the road to Idaho for a lot of years, and I can't say I'm even halfway there yet. I need pep-talks from folks like Dee along the way. Call it luck or call it chance, but meeting her was one of the best parts of returning to college. Thanks, Dee!