Dragons of the World Mini Block Prints

Wrapping up my batch of art for Illuxcon next week, I carved a set of mini prints—only 3” by 4”—of various dragons from around the world.

Bunyip—from Australian Aboriginal mythology, described as a dragon/dog/manatee/walrus mish-mash.

Imperial Lung—Chinese dragons are technically referred as “lungs” (they understand that “dragon” connotes a different, malevolent creature). Chinese Lungs have 4 toes, but the Imperial variety is depicted with 5.

Quetzalcoatl—the feathered serpent from the ancient Aztecs.

St. George’s Dragon—the stereotypical western dragon, the dragon commonly described in the St. George myth has rings and spots on its wings. There is also a theory that other than being allegorical (Christianity—the knight—defeating paganism—the dragon), European dragon-slaying legends might stem from crusaders crossing paths with Nile and Mediterranean crocodiles in the Middle East.

Tatzelwurm—a rather strange and obscure dragon from the Alpine regions of Europe, it has the front end of a cat and back end of a snake.

Wyvern—Wyverns are bipedal dragons with one set of wings replacing forelegs. They are often described with a scorpion’s sting at the end of their tails.

Someday I want to do a MASSIVE block print containing oodles of dragons from all over the world like this. :)

Rule 1) Always reblog the rules. ALWAYS!
Rule 2) Answer the questions the first person asked you and write 11 NEW questions
Rule 3) Tag 11 people and link them to this post (whoever made this must really like the number 11)
Rule 4) Actually tell them that you tagged them.

savbizcor tagged me for this, and I thought it would be a good way to share some tidbits and get to know people:

1. Who is your role model if you have one?

I have several—my mentors from Hollins like Nancy Dahlstrom, Marilyn Moriarity, Ruth Sanderson, Ashley Wolff, Lauren Mills, Elizabeth O. Delumba, my friends who are doing awesome and cool things, no matter what they are doing (hi you all), and my family. A literary role model would be J.K. Rowling (I owe A LOT to Harry Potter).

2. What do you do to unwind?

Battle extraterrestrials (i.e. play Mass Effect), and watch movies—I especially like catching midday matinees at my local theater.

3. Your favorite person in the whole world.

I’m pleading the 5th on this one.

4. What is the one thing you want most of all in your life?

To continue honing my artistic and writing passions, and someday be able to fully support myself and family with them.

5. Are you attracted to heights?

I was on airplanes since I was two weeks old, and have flown in many helicopters—including over the rainbow-vaulted canyons on the island of Kauai. But would I go skydiving? Probably not.

6. What reckless thing have you done in your life? You can name a few, if you’d like.

Once while visiting Aruba, I was so engrossed in snorkeling that I swam a good half mile from shore, and didn’t realize I had until I swam back and found my parents freaking out on the dock. Also, apparently just walking down my road is reckless, cause I ran into a black bear last week (both me and the bear are fine, and were equally freaked out).

7. Do you believe in magic?

Magic is science we do not yet understand.

8. Do you believe in science?

Science is magic that we have figured out.

9. What scene from a movie would you like to rewrite if you could?

I would add more flashbacks and demonstration of character for Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy—it bugged me how much her story and character were told instead of shown. The movie did not have the excuse of a limited POV—though chronologically linear, it did show a flash-forward for Quill and jumped to different characters at different times. Basically because we (the audience) were told about Gamora’s reputation and personality, and she tells her own tragic back story which has supposedly kept her good-at-heart even while being forced to be an assassin, I expected it all to be a ruse she was using to earn Quill and crew’s trust just to back-stab them to Ronan. (Cause here’s the thing—her and Drax have almost the exact same back story, but because Drax is somewhat of a secondary character, he can get away with more telling instead of showing.) Basically—add a similar origin scene of her losing her family to Ronan like how Quill lost his mom and was abducted, and have her DEMONSTRATE her true good heart instead of her just saying “Oh, hey guys, I’m actually good.” Like, during the fight on Xandar between her, Quill, Rocket, and Groot, she could have just as easily been all badass fighting them, but pull a pedestrian out of the way of the fighting or something. Or, better yet—Ronan gives her the order to kill a family just like hers, but she refuses (or secretly lets them get away), and thus Ronan thinks she failed (or succeeded) and that’s why he would pick her to go get the macguffin instead of Nebula (either cause she needs to prove herself or has SHOWN a proven track record), rather than have it be just some arbitrary choice to get the two female characters at odds with each other. Heck, this scenario could have been inter-connected with Drax to help give him some more SHOWING instead of TELLING too.     

10. Do you think people will be able to eliminate money as a means of exchange at some point in the faraway future?

I think while we might get rid of money, we may never get rid of value. We may soon be making down payments on houses with bottles of water or something.

11. Do you think answering 11 questions and thinking of 11 more is too much?

We’ll see—it’s my turn.

My 11 questions:

1.      If you could be an extinct animal THAT IS NOT A DINOSAUR, what would you be?

2.      Do you prefer heroes or villains?

3.      What’s the most difficult/hardest thing about your favorite hobby? (i.e. drawing hands, writing dialogue, picking the right movie, etc.)

4.      If you dabble in the arts, what is your favorite medium to work in?

5.      Any pets?

6.      If you wanted to tell someone just one important thing about yourself, what would it be?

7.      If you could live anywhere where would it be? (Fictional places fair game).

8.      What story—and I mean anything from folktale, book, comic, movie, videogame, manga, anime, TV show, whatever—has influenced and stayed with you the most?

9.      What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?

10.  Would you slay or tame a dragon?

11.  What would be your dying words?

I’m tagging: eachainn drownedinlight yorusaur yokosukababy mangothemango theprojectfairy forkflinger eccentricpacifist kyrianne unforgettableunicornopolis yasashiburi

No pressure to complete this—have fun!

200 Follower Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to first place winner, my-brokoro-goes-dirki-dirki,  for winning the complementary commission, and to second place winner bluemandycat, whose print-of-choice was The Dragon Prince block print.

Thank you everyone who entered, and thanks again for supporting my blog, art, and writing.

200 Follower Givaway Update

Okay, so I have selected the winners via a random number generator and am awaiting their response. Once they have claimed their prize or not, I’ll publically announce the winners or redraw for new ones.

I’m thinking next Givaway will be a special number—500 followers! :D

paintingdragonfeathers:

paintingdragonfeathers:

200 Follower Givaway

In the blink of an eye I surpassed 200 followers!

You know that means?

GIVAWAY!!!

Thank you all so much for the like, reblogs, and support.

The Rules:

1.      Please do not remove this caption/text

2.      Since this is givaway celebrating 200 followers, please be following the Painting Dragon Feathers blog! Don’t be shy, click the follow button for art, stories, and critters!

3.      Please, ONE (1) REBLOG and ONE (1) LIKE PER BLOG. This will give you the opportunity to be entered twice (2 times).

4.      Entering blogs must have a means of contact—either an open ask box or an email address listed on their blog. Selected winners will be contacted for a physical mailing address. If the contacted winners do not respond within one (1) week of initial contact, then a new winner for that prize will be selected.

5.      Once you are contacted, please respond to me at my email, JDArtist@hotmail.com with your address/commission details. Tumblr likes to eat my asks, so just to be safe email me please.

6.      If you win the First Prize: One (1) 6”x8” Relief Print Commission, please note I WILL NOT draw: porn, excessive gore, or copyrighted characters. HOWEVER, OC’s and PG-13 romance/violence are fair game.

7.      This givaway is open until September 1st, 2014. On September 2nd, I will select the winners using a true random number generator and contact them.

8.      If you have any questions or comments regarding this givaway (or anything, really), feel free to drop an ask in my box or email me at JDArtist@hotmail.com

Again, thank you all so much for the interest and support in my art. I hope to continue writing and printing dragon princes, mischievous fey, and strange sea monsters for many years to come.

—J.D. Donnelly

Reblogging this for the Sunday crowd. You still have another week to enter the givaway.

Reblogging one more time—You have till Sunday to enter the giveaway! I’ll be drawing the winner on Monday.

Throwback Thursday—Jaji

Here’s another throwback Thursday, this time of The Dragon Prince's titular protagonist, Jaji.

This whole epic story which has so far spanned 5+ years, a college education, several art styles and mediums, and two thesis all started cause one day I had the urge to draw a feathered/furred dragon with red panda coloring.

Wonder how different he’ll look 5 more years from now?

Egg Dreams Block Print
Carved this baby dragon out to be a new “Print On Demand” option for conventions. 
Dream big, little guy.

Egg Dreams Block Print

Carved this baby dragon out to be a new “Print On Demand” option for conventions. 

Dream big, little guy.

paintingdragonfeathers:

200 Follower Givaway

In the blink of an eye I surpassed 200 followers!

You know that means?

GIVAWAY!!!

Thank you all so much for the like, reblogs, and support.

The Rules:

1.      Please do not remove this caption/text

2.      Since this is givaway celebrating 200 followers, please be following the Painting Dragon Feathers blog! Don’t be shy, click the follow button for art, stories, and critters!

3.      Please, ONE (1) REBLOG and ONE (1) LIKE PER BLOG. This will give you the opportunity to be entered twice (2 times).

4.      Entering blogs must have a means of contact—either an open ask box or an email address listed on their blog. Selected winners will be contacted for a physical mailing address. If the contacted winners do not respond within one (1) week of initial contact, then a new winner for that prize will be selected.

5.      Once you are contacted, please respond to me at my email, JDArtist@hotmail.com with your address/commission details. Tumblr likes to eat my asks, so just to be safe email me please.

6.      If you win the First Prize: One (1) 6”x8” Relief Print Commission, please note I WILL NOT draw: porn, excessive gore, or copyrighted characters. HOWEVER, OC’s and PG-13 romance/violence are fair game.

7.      This givaway is open until September 1st, 2014. On September 2nd, I will select the winners using a true random number generator and contact them.

8.      If you have any questions or comments regarding this givaway (or anything, really), feel free to drop an ask in my box or email me at JDArtist@hotmail.com

Again, thank you all so much for the interest and support in my art. I hope to continue writing and printing dragon princes, mischievous fey, and strange sea monsters for many years to come.

—J.D. Donnelly

Reblogging this for the Sunday crowd. You still have another week to enter the givaway.

The Velveteen Rabbit Bookmark Colored
Block Print version
Colored my entry for the WPA SCBWI Regional Conference bookmark challenge of the Velveteen Rabbit and sent it off for consideration.
Now back to more carving for Illuxcon (though an edition of this print as well as the painting will be on view there too.)

The Velveteen Rabbit Bookmark Colored

Block Print version

Colored my entry for the WPA SCBWI Regional Conference bookmark challenge of the Velveteen Rabbit and sent it off for consideration.

Now back to more carving for Illuxcon (though an edition of this print as well as the painting will be on view there too.)

Throwback Thursday—Courting a Goddess

I just found out what the heck Throwback Thursday is, so here’s some Throwback Thursday artwork.

Many years ago, in the distant time known as 2008, I first tackled the “Benzaiten marrying an unruly dragon legend”. Alot has changed; I wasn’t really even aware of block printing at the time, my tool of choice was Corel Painter 6, and I was scared/lazy to do backgrounds. With the new interpretation, I included more details to nod to the legend’s Indian Hinduism roots that I learned about with new research.