|"Chinese" Dragon Sketch|
To start, I did a few very quick drawings with sumi ink on paper to get a feel for this. The dragon is fun to make. I have a strong sense of what it should be. The long, winding, snake-like Chinese dragons are physically ambiguous and expressive. I particularly love the forlorn eyes that usually have. I looked at several Chinese Dragon ink drawings and pieced together a few my own.
|Phoenix Spitting Fire|
Most importantly, I haven't yet figured out a composition for this painting. I've just worked on the two figures separately. Even though Oliver, like many young boys, may not be very concerned about composition, he'll know if it's off. It's a gut thing, just makes you feel weird when it's not right.
|Rough Dragon, not very defined or graceful, but the lines ar.e working.|
I'll dive in and make the painting this coming week.
Laura and Oliver, feel free to send me any comments you have. Don't worry, I cannot be offended. I've heard it all.
Check back... I'll post the final painting very soon!