Dragon Variations

I’ve been having a lot of fun with variations on a drawing I first made in the spring of 2014, while I was in California. My original concept was to create a pair of leaping, swooping dragons in mid-flight, who could be positioned intertwining in midair. Here’s my original ink drawing for one of the planned pair:

Yes, this dragon does owe a great deal of its anatomy to my Italian Greyhounds Jake and Brenna. I’d had to leave them at home when I was in California, and apparently I was missing them even more than I thought i was. 🙂

My “iggies”–Jake and Brenna. More inspirational than I guessed?

When I began to work with the drawing again after my return to Kansas, my Adobe Illustrator software developed a glitch, and for a while I couldn’t use it. So I began to play with the basic line drawing as a base, and applied color with my Prismacolor pencils. The first variation I finished was Blue Pounce. I framed it and sold it in January.

Blue Pounce, 2014, by Jan S. Gephardt

After Blue Pounce I made smaller-sized versions of the basic drawing, and experimented with different color variations. This led to a series of Leapin’ (Fire) Lizard images, which I framed in 5X7″ shadowboxes and have exhibited this summer at the science fiction conventions ConQuesT 46 (Kansas City in May) and SoonerCon 24 (Oklahoma City in June).

Three of the Leapin’ (Fire) Lizard variations: Orange, Green and Violet.

I also created a slightly larger variation and titled it Red Fire Lizard. I sold it at ConQuesT, along with two of the Leapin’ variations. 

This is Red Fire Lizard, 2015, by Jan S. Gephardt. Photo shot through frame glass, hence the reflections–but I sold it sooner than expected! 🙂 

But after the basic color studies, I wanted to experiment with different “markings.” I (loosely) based the two most recent pieces on color-patterns found in Koi fish. I’ve always loved those members of the carp family, and have planned to do some kind of paper sculpture based on them. You might remember a much earlier experiment, described on my Artdog Observations Blog in 2011. 

This is a 2010 paper sculpture koi, part of a piece I never finished.

Here’s how I “revisited” the idea of artwork based on koi, in my most recent dragons:

This is my work-in-progress, Showa Dragon, along with examples of “showa” koi patterns at left.
I finished and framed Aka-Bekko Dragon, 2015, and exhibited it for the first time at SoonerCon 24. At right is an example of the “aka-bekko” koi marking.

You’ll note I still haven’t created the “other dragon” of the originally-proposed, intertwined pair. Stay tuned for more variations on this theme.

IMAGES: All images except the two koi photos are my own work. All rights are reserved, but you may reblog any of them if you don’t alter the images and include an attribution and link back to this post. 
I originally collected the two koi photos in 2010 or 2011, and since they were downloaded as resource images for my own personal use I did not note the source URLs. I have repeatedly attempted reverse-image searches, but I regret I have been unable to find them online. 
Since these were the resource images on which I based my dragons, I have reproduced them in the interest of an accurate record, hoping this constitutes “fair use.” 
If these images are yours, I regret I was unable to find your website–and I’ll be delighted to give you credit, if you’ll please contact me through this blog.

Artdog Quote of the Week: Value of Art

Pretty valuable, I’d say . . .

IMAGE: Once again, our thanks go out to the Dump a Day Blog.

Artdog Image of Interest: WARNING! Hot car DANGER!

It’s mid-July, friends. Most of our days in North America are WAY hotter than 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Please share this image with everyone you know!

I hope it goes without saying this also applies for all other life-forms, too, including Baby, Grandma, and the crickets you bought to feed the gecko!

IMAGE: Many thanks for this timely image, to the Kicks 101.5 Facebook Page!

Late Notice–St Tammany Art Association 50th National Annual Juried Show includes my artwork

I have no excuses–I’ve been remiss. But I still want to very much thank the St. Tammany Art Association, and their highly perceptive 2015 juror, Don Marshall, for including me in the 50th National Juried Artists Exhibition!

They chose my paper sculpture, Nine-Part Herbal Fantasy-Light Cycle for the show, which is their current exhibit. The show runs through August 8.

Nine-Part Herbal Fantasy–Light Cycle is on display at the St. Tammany Art Association’s show.

If you are in the Covington, Louisiana area, please stop by! The St. Tammany Art Association Art House is a center of culture in Covington, and home to many events throughout the year.

A local artist (not named! Sorry!) paints the STAA Art House, home of the Summer Show.

Keeping it interesting all the way till the end, the Association has scheduled a closing Gallery Talk, featuring juror Don Marshall and some of the exhibiting artists, on the final day of the show, August 8, 2015, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Don Marshall, Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, was the juror for the STAA Summer Show. He will be among the speakers at the Gallery Talk that closes the show August 8.

Congratulations to all of my fellow exhibitors, and many thanks to Don Marshall and the St. Tammany Art Association!

IMAGES: The graphic banner for the show is courtesy of the Covington Weekly. The photo of Nine-Part Herbal Fantasy–Light Cycle was taken by me. You are welcome to reblog the image without alteration, and with an attribution and a link back to this post. The photo of the unidentified painter outside the STAA Art House is from the Louisiana’s Northshore website, and the photo of Don Marshall is courtesy of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Many thanks to all!

Artdog Quote of the Week: What are You Looking For?

So . . . What do you expect to find?
IMAGE: Many thanks to the Dump A Day Blog.

Voice Actor Tribute: James Garner

Voices touch our lives in ways we may not even realize. For many of my friends, this is one of the voices of their childhood.

Gone a year. Still not forgotten.

IMAGE CREDIT: Many thanks to Sheila M. Gagne for this tribute collage. See more of her work on her Facebook Page. Thanks also to Ty’s Shufflings, for alerting me to this material.

Artdog Images of Interest: Cautionary Tales from Environmentally-Interactive Street Art

I’ve been running an ongoing series of “Images of Interest” featuring environmentally-interactive street art. Today’s collection passes along some cautions!

What Happens When We Smoke, by 6Emeia
A Very Sad World, by OakOak
Stain, by Pejac

IMAGES: Many thanks to Wondermika for a blog post that actually attributes the art! Also to 6Emeia, OakOak, and Pejac for their creative visions.