This illustration was done as a gift for two friends we’ve known from the local convention circuit for quite a while, who announced that they’ve gotten engaged! I was secretly approached by one to do a picture for them, and while it should include a dragon, an image of her green garnet engagement ring, a ladybug, and a shamrock, all other details were left up to me. In fact, even she didn’t know what it looked like until I met with them to present it!
Nearly everything in the image is symbolic in some way, from the dragon coiling into a distinctive infinity symbol, the arrangement of the ring, ladybug, and clover, the vines entwining it all together… I really love how this one turned out – and I’m happy to say, so did they!
This tiny green drakeling is wonderfully camouflaged for skittering among the branches of orange trees and sipping on the sweet juice of the fruits.
This image was done as our exclusive for WonderCon 2012, in a series that included 50 signed and hand-numbered 11″ x 17″ prints. The idea was to feature in each exclusive a dragon indiginous to the area where the convention was being held. In this case, WonderCon took place in Anaheim, CA – currently home to a rather famous theme park. As you may or may not know, the whole area used to be covered in orange orchards – thus this little drakeling’s home. Not to worry, though… as the orange groves were cleared out, most of them moved on – but I hear a few of them still hang around to help clean up after tourists.