Friday, March 31, 2017

Drawing a Dragon

     Art is a slow but rewarding process.  
     Since completing the writing, rewriting, editing, and revising of my soon-to-be-released book, Slaying Dragons, I have spent most of my free time sketching out a cover for the book. Anytime I put the sharpened tip of a pencil to a blank page I feel a degree of anxiety, afraid that the picture I envision will fail to appear on the paper.  And honestly, the end product is never exactly what I imagined.  However, it never fails to amaze me how stroke-by-stroke my artwork comes to life. 
     I thought it would be fun to share with you one character that will be on the front cover of Slaying Dragons.  I hope you are looking forward to the final product as much as I!

First, I sketch out the dragon in pencil.
Lots of erasing and penciling and erasing takes place at this point.

Next, I use permanent black ink and outline what was sketched in pencil.
I take great care with every stroke because there is no erasing black ink!
Then the image is scanned into the computer where I can use an app to add color.
Amazing what a little color, shading, and highlighting can do....and a bit of fire in the eyes.
I did some tweaking here and there before adding wings.
And voila!  Here is the dragon that will appear on the cover of Slaying Dragons.
What do you think?

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