Why Dragons? I've collected dragons for many years. Specialising in certain lines and anything that really took my eye.
This one was created because of Game of Thrones. The original image was a courgette flower, there was something about the lines and colouration at reminded me of dragon wings. It did take longer that I'd normally take to create a dragon but really enjoyed the challenge.
Dragon Dancers was the first of the Set (Top Image) The first one is always the longest and more difficult, no plans, not pre-drawing, just an aim to create dragon wings to start with. One looked a little lost so I think it needed two to create a good balance in the image.
Dragon Attack. (Centre Image) We'd recently been to the Harry Potter Experience and had some great images of the model of Hogwarts which I couldn't wait to use, but I did reconstruct it a little. This seemed like the perfect match. Dragons and Castles always make a good story and stretches the imagination.
Dragon Guard, came last. Sand Dunes and sky, ten minutes down the road, Castle as above, Roman guard from a re-enactment. I played with ideas and thoughts and dragons guarding someone, maybe a fairy tale. I think when you're doing this type of work you really need to concentrate on the detail to make them work.
There's an average of 42 layers over the three images, I'll let you guess which had the most.
I've used these mainly as greeting cards to send to friends. It's not just about competitions.I had great fun creating these and the challenge of creating a dragon but could I do it again?