A decorative crest, outward curving horns, and prominent scales along the flanks distinguish the Cinnabar dragon. Webbed spikes that trace down the spine work with the crest to give this species an ease of directional control while aloft, as well as making them appear larger and more threatening from the side. These members of the dragon family are keenly observant and have a born knack for reading body language and facial expressions. Here we see a baby discovering that a showy crest attracts all kinds of admirers.
One of The Dragonlings Series, a collection of originally-designed baby dragons based on minerals and semi-precious stones.
🥈 This illustration was awarded the 2nd place ribbon at the 2019 Mesa County Libraries Comic Con Juried Art Show.
Graphite on 5½ x 9 inch horizontally-oriented medium weight drawing paper. Shipped in a 12 x 15 inch gold frame, and mounted on black linen backing paper.