A feisty nature serves young Widgiemoolthalite dragons well. Dappling on the wing webs provides camouflage in patches of dense foliage, including around the garden. These plucky opportunists are equipped with forward-sweeping horns and thorny spikes above the eyes, which come in handy when battling foes over tasty morsels; hatchlings are not above a little headbutting. An array of dorsal spikes make this breed something to watch out for when harvesting vegetables. Dragonlings Series. Graphite on 12 x 9 inch Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Paper.
Stealthy and deliberate, the speckled Galaxite dragon employs an element of surprise. Crescent-shaped horns, curved spikes on the sides of the neck and down the back, along with a double set of tail fins give this species ample defense. But when the wings unfurl, a dizzying wall of starry spots provides a disorienting display that ensures the dragon has the upper hand. This baby, bemused by the night sky, spreads tiny wings to show off a little starfield of its own. Dragonlings Series. Graphite on 9 x 12 inch Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Paper.
Some dragon species are born mischief makers. With a nimble mind and impish temperament, the Zoisite dragon enjoys outthinking and outmaneuvering foes and other nuisances. Patches and freckles spangle the hide and skin of the wings, while large curled horns and long dorsal spines guard the face and back. Ridged belly plates ensure the dragon is protected above and below from any who might retaliate against its sly and crafty nature. One can only guess what plan this young subject is hatching. Dragonlings Series. Awarded the 1st place ribbon at the Mesa County Libraries Comic Con Juried Art Show 2021, ages 19 and up division. Graphite on 9 x 12 inch Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Paper.
Despite their airy appearance, Unakite dragons are a driven and ambitious species. Horns that curl outward and upward, a webbed double crest along the neck, and fluttery wings might make this dragon seem delicate. However, a thick forest of enlarged scales armor the underbelly and forelimbs while the ruffled tail tip acts as a distractor for prey or would-be aggressors. This sprightly baby is determined to strengthen lungs that will one day harness its internal furnaces. Dragonlings series. Graphite on 10 x 8 inch Strathmore 400 Series Heavyweight Drawing Paper.
Razor-sharp intellect paired with an interest in the mysteries of the arcane makes the Lapis Lazuli dragon a powerful spellcaster and collector of magic items and curiosities. The varicolored scales, upswept horns, and finned crown above graceful eye markings lend this species an air of elegance. Streamlined fingerless wings and a flaring fin on the tip of the tail allow these dragons to navigate the skies with great maneuverability. This little one is sharpening its naturally superior dexterity by creating sand pyramids. Dragonlings Series. Graphite on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Patient and even-tempered, Diopside dragons are diplomats and keepers of the peace. Swept back horns, frills along the sides of the face, and a striped tail are earmarks of this species. The thick plates running down the chest and belly provide ample protection should the dragon’s soothing speechcraft fail. Here we have a youngster honing its composure. And if you should happen upon small, teetering piles of stones…well, now you know who did it. Dragonlings Series. Graphite on 9 x 5½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
Spunky and courageous, Sodalite dragons are energetic and spirited to a fault. The double row of wings, leaf tail, and horns that twist outward give this species a distinctive silhouette in flight. Bold markings on the face and limbs, along with a row of spurs on the forearms, declare these plucky creatures ready to fight if needs be. While adults are capable of releasing a storm from their jaws, little zappers content themselves with practicing spark-puffs. Dragonlings Series. Graphite on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
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. Dragonlings Series. Graphite on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Awarded the 2nd place ribbon at the Mesa County Libraries Comic Con Juried Art Show 2019, ages 19 and up division.
Jovial, fun-loving, and possessing an agile sense of humor, Feldspar dragons are collectors of jokes and riddles. When the mood takes them, they have also been known to indulge in particularly clever pranks. Downward arcing horns, a whip-like tail tipped with spikes, and roughly textured skin make for easy identification of the culprit. This young individual could quite possibly be up to something. Dragonlings Series. Graphite on 9 x 5½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
Inquisitive and eager for knowledge, Heliotrope dragons wear curiosity like a second skin. In addition to flaring horns and spikes studding its face and back, stronger armor along the limbs acts as a shield in their quest to gain knowledge first-hand. This newly-hatched little one seems to have sprouted a strange thing on the end of its tail…Dragonlings Series. Graphite on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Fragile looks contradict the stalwart and sturdily armored Barite dragon. This breed is clothed in thickets of sharp crystals along the belly and back. A crown of crystalline plates and a tail bristling with glassy shards protect the smooth hide along its dappled sides. Like most young dragons, this one is practicing breathing techniques that will power a formidable breath weapon one day. Dragonlings series. Graphite on 9 x 5½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
The intrepid nature of Aventurine dragons frequently sees them getting into all kinds of situations, from adventures to full-blown predicaments. Sturdy dorsal plating, belly armor from throat to prehensile tail tip, and outward curving horns help protect against any additional complications they go bounding into. Youngsters of this variety are the most frequent captives of high branches, before they master flight. Dragonlings series. Graphite on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Good natured, friendly, and full of playful energy, Rhyolite dragons can often be spotted sunning their freckled hides and twisting horns. They deliberately choose warm rocks low enough to engage passersby in light conversation…or perhaps a game of hide and seek. This baby seems to have discovered that toes make entertaining toys when there’s no company about. Dragonlings Series. Graphite on 9 x 5½ inch medium weight drawing paper.