Spiny Desert Drake

Spiny Desert Drake

Meet the spiny desert drake, the aptly named dragon native to the Arizona desert. This continues my trend of creating draconic species indigenous to the location of the convention where their print is being sold as an exclusive.

This beautiful fellow was sold only at Phoenix Comicon 2012. We had 100 11″ x 17″ copies, all signed and hand-numbered, and we sold every last one! It was great – he was very well received.

He’s patterned after a number of local desert dwellers. His spiky scales are reminiscent of horned toads, his patterning like that of many of our lizards and snakes. He perches lightly atop a saguaro cactus arm, like many hawks here do while hunting. He has the mischievous fearlessness of a coyote, and the curiosity and territorial instincts of a cactus wren.

The Phoenix and the Dragon

The Phoenix and the Dragon

This was the first time we ever did an exclusive for a convention, for Phoenix Comicon 2011. The prints were 11″ x 17″ and turned out beautifully! We made exactly 100 copies, all signed and hand-numbered. They were quite successful at the show!

The duality depicted by a phoenix and a dragon is most often seen in Asian artwork – the yin and yang, masculinity and femininity, light and dark. I really love the concept, but wanted to put my own spin on the art and use a western-style dragon and my own style of phoenix. The slightly muted color scheme gives it a slightly more antique feel, as well.