Dragon-A-Day: The Resurrection: Day 12: Past Our Bedtime.

After what felt like the longest game of Commander ever I came home and, while not exactly inspired, I found this sleeping dragon curled up in the page:

05032019 - Past Our Bedtime.

I didn’t set out to draw one of The Other Ones (and in fact my tag index is currently broken so I couldn’t just pull them up; I had to do a search), but it seemed like an offshoot, probably just because of the stripes; if that closed eye is button-like, it’s a pretty big button.

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Dragon-A-Day Online: The Resurrection: Day 12: ______.

I should have tried working at my desk- I think I concentrate better there. But instead I sat on the couch and tried to draw through episodes of Cheers. It didn’t work, partly because I am really very tired and partly because I decided to try to draw a dragon bursting from the ground and didn’t really know how to handle the topsoil and small buildings my mind’s eye wanted to include.

So I gave up and phoned this in, which even my scanner didn’t feel like working on:

05022019: ______

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Dragon-A-Day, The Resurrection: Day 11: Pinup.

Working from home later than I should have found me uninspired and sleepy. A couple flicks of the random word generator had the unsuitable word “silage,” the interesting word “evildoer,” and the winning word “pinup.”

Problem was, I needed to look up poses, because they are a thing, even going so far as to say something about your personality based on your favorite (I couldn’t decide). There was also the question of do I play it straight and do a not-quite-safe-for work drawing or the (potentially) humorous idea of a non-anthropomorphic dragon stuffed into a bikini or other fetching outfit and taking the pose, possibly against their will?

In the end, I split the difference.

0501219 - PinupI probably should have put more time into the scales, but I added them mainly because I kept drawing through trying to get the pose right and he was in this strange no-man’s-lad of looking unfinished  and too busy. The scales on the backs of the arms and the fronts of the legs are fine; it’s the filler elsewhere that kind of bugs me, but I’m trying to get back on a normal sleep schedule, so I didn’t want to stay up much later than I needed to.


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Dragon-A-Day: The Resurrection: Days 6-10: War of the Spark and Affairs of the Heart.

Day 6

Technically, I’ve been missing in action, but since publishing anywhere aside from here hasn’t really been working at the moment, it’s probably all right.

Anyhow, this past weekend was the War of the Spark prerelease and I had it on my calendar to play way too much Magic: the Gathering in one weekend. In honor of this questionable decision, I did this rendition of everyone’s favorite planeswalking draconic villain, Nicol Bolas before heading out to the midnight event:

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Click to Enlarge.

It’s hard to find good references for his armor, and I can’t get past his ridiculous gremlin face, but drawing him with anything else seems wrong.

Exhibit A.

Exhibit A.

Exhibit B (click to enlarge).

Exhibit B

Day 7

Day 2 of the Prerelease weekend was the culmination of an elaborate scheme that the Dragon God himself would probably be proud of, except that I lacked a zombie army and didn’t kill anyone.

With the help of the amazing people at Firefly Toys and Games, my Local Game Store, I was able to propose to my girlfriend in a suitably dramatic and nerdy fashion. Somewhere in the middle of the night wee hours of the morning (inbetween rounds of the midnight event), I dashed off this sketch:

Something happened today.

Something happened today.

I like the tenderness of it, but I do wish that I’d been more awake and had the time to give it the proper polish that it deserved… like not forgetting her eyelashes. *winces*

Day 8

Sunday saw nothing really special aside from some Indian food, but by the end of it I was pretty wiped out. After staring at a blank page for too long, I did some writing and found an unrelated dragon in the corner.

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“It’s been a pretty crazy, somewhat intense weekend, between the prerelease ans the whole “secret engagement plan.” Now I am home and am very tired, but also kind of restless. I don’t really want to draw, but I don’t want to not have drawn more.

So here is an unrelated dragon. I’m going to try and come down from this crazy last 72 hours so I can sleep.”

Day 9

Monday was supposed to be a day off. However, I forgot about several obligations and instead went to work late, kind of phoned it in and then got my eyes checked, which took way longer than I thought it would.

After dinner I thought I would be able to draw something but once again, all I could do was stare into the page hoping that something would fall out of it. After a few abortive attempts, eventually I gave up and drew a head with some scales on it.

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Click to Enlarge.

Day 10

Today I got my day off, kind of. The engagement video made its way to the internet and my phone exploded as a result. I don’t feel rested really; I almost fell asleep twice while trying to play Diablo, but I have to return to the Real World tomorrow, like it or not, so that’s why we’re recapping today.

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Click to enlarge (if you really want to)

I got a little ambitious and did what was supposed to be a flared head but I didn’t know how to draw the far crest and faked it after trying to draw it from the front, but it just kept spreading wider and wider on paper and not looking like what it was in my mind’s eye.

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Dragon-A-Day, The Resurrection, Day 5: Flaming Os.

They can’t all be super-detailed, well-thought-out drawings… sometimes they’re just vaguely flamingo-like.

DAD 04252019 flaming o

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Dragon-A-Day, the Resurrection: Day 4: Whiffle.

My jaws, they bite! My claws, they catch!
-The Shudderwock

I looked through some of my older posts for inspiration tonight, and at first I thought about drawing the sleep-hoarding dragon, but instead, I dug a little deeper and remembered that I drew a Jabberwock once.

So I drew another.

Dragon-A-Day, the Resurrection: Day 4In my mind it was going to be a bit more whimsical, but I started putting lines on paper and was afraid to go back or start over, since it was already pretty late. So instead, it’s more menacing than I intended, but I think that’s okay.

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Dragon-A-Day, The Resurrection: Day 3: Peanut Gallery.

It was almost like old times: I did a drawing last night, got a comment and used it as a basis for iterating. This makes me happy.

“I mean, if we wanted to talk D&D, pseudo- or faerie dragons spring to mind.”

So I took that to heart and ran with it, even trying to go an extra mile and look up actual (swallowtail) butterfly wings so as not to fudge it too hard, but they’re devilishly complicated when you get up close:

Dragon-A-Day Online: The Resurrection: Day 3

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