Snap Dragon, 1999. graphite and watercolor pencils. Nostalgia Monday.
Haven’t done a Nostalgia Monday in a bit! This one’s from 1999, I was 13 or 14— a dragon based on a snap dragon flower. This drawing would be really fun to revisit, maybe I will when things aren’t so hectic!
Speaking of hectic! I’m going to be in Japan from the 15th to the 25th, so there won’t be much in the way of updates while I’m gone. (and will be attending MoCCA and TCAF immediately after returning, but that’s a different story) I’ll try to put some stuff in the queue, and hopefully there will be enough Exquisite Beasts to fill the interim.
Somehow a cockatrice appeared! The beast is turning further into a climber and a glider. The head crest has extended into the wings, significantly increasing the size of the sail. The back feet have specialized with toes built for climbing and perching, and the front feet have split and become somewhat chameleon-line.
There are some seriouslycoolthings happening over at the Exquisite Beast tag! It is amazing to see the riffs people are taking on the project. Please, keep it up!
Wow wow wow, we’re up to 12 already, this is so cool. I hope you guys have been enjoying this as much as we are! The beast is becoming complex and specialized and every new evolution is an exciting new challenge. Also I think I’m becoming better at real media, which is pretty neat.
The beast is becoming increasingly spindly, more like an animal built for gliding, with its sails extending to the hind “legs.” The front manipulators have developed specialty thumbs and are textured for grasping, somewhat like a gecko’s feet. The extra eyes are devolving into peripheral light-sensitive receptors more than proper eyes.
For this beast in particular, I tried to take inspiration from mantises, arboreal lizards, and gliding animals.
I’m really very fond of this one, even though everything I draw turns into a dragon. #Everything Yuko Draws Turns Into a Dragon
So apparently today is Draw a Dinosaur Day and I doodled a microraptor (which is the best dinosaur) without really looking at what Draw a Dinosaur Day is about and now I’m kind of feeling awkward that I drew something not-silly so I’m just going to put this here and maybe draw a funny dinosaur later.
Also, everything I draw turns into a dragon? I can never escape my roots. My dragon-roots.