Tales from the Sketchbook: Hatchling

A picture paints a thousand words; a picture with context can say a lot about a game; but explanations of the random sketches of an artist-gamer can say the most of all. In this series, I look at the just-had-to-draw-them images distilled from my games: what they are, what they mean, why they demanded drawing, and what techniques and in-jokes went into them.

Note that there are actually two dragons in this picture.

Okay, I’ll admit it: this one isn’t game-related. I’ve been trying to separate my art from my gaming a bit more, since all of the gaming I do these days is one way or another in someone else’s world. Neither is it related to any of my projects. I doodled it while holding down the fort at the library’s table at the depot health fair a few months ago; we were coming into a summer reading program that was themed around medieval-style fantasy, knights and princesses and dragons and such, so I was drawing dragons. Then I got a head-shape and the proportion of the eye to the rest of the head wrong, and realized, “Hey, this is NOT an adult dragon.” The rest—well, every now and then I like to try to draw cute on purpose. The original drawing was vaguely square, about an inch and a half to a side, on a very small notepad I’d just picked up from the USAA booth next to us; I didn’t just photocopy and ink like I usually do, but sized up the drawing when making my copy and inked it.

Looking at this thing, I chuckle at the fact that ten years ago, all my dragons looked like kid-drawn apatosaurs with huge shark fins on their backs. (No, I don’t have samples; I just remember.) It’s rather staggering thinking about how art styles in general—and mine in particular—can change so much, but I don’t really notice it until I’m comparing two different things and trying to remember when I started whichever change I’m noticing.

1 comment

  1. Shinali says:

    So cute! I especially like his big bright eye, the color difference on his head crest, and the leathery-look to his outstretched wing. And of course his forelegs on momma’s claw is just too adorable!

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