With all this talk of dragons with the Dragonwitch book tour and our very own Creative Dragon Giveaway, how could we not talk about dragon related art. And there is a ton of it. From dragon bookmarks, jewelry, sketches, paintings, pottery, tattoos, tapestries and heraldry of old. Throughout known history, in every culture there is the DRAGON. Now, he might not look exactly the same, but he is a dragon, nevertheless. More on that later this month. 😉
Today, we shall focus on art forms beyond the written poems or stories.
From paintings in China
One of the dragons from The Nine Dragons handscroll (九龙图／九龍圖), painted by the Song-Dynasty Chinese artist Chen Rong (陈容／陳容) in 1244 CE. Ink and some red on paper. The entire scroll is 46.3 x 1096.4 cm. Located in the Museum of Fine Art – Boston, USA.
And Europe where St. George and the Dragon is seen almost everywhere and in every form.
To Tapestries in 15th century Turkey
To mosaics in Italy
And in heraldry and coat of arms such as this Coat of Arms of Iceland.
To statues adorning cathedrals, palaces, gardens and walls such as this Vietnamese dragon.
The oldest “dragon” according to Wikipedia is found on the Ishtar Gate. “the Ishtar Gate(Arabic: بوابة عشتار) was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon. It was constructed in about 575 BC by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II on the north side of the city.”
The fascination with dragons isn’t limited to history as many modern day artist continue with their interpretation. Last Wednesday, we talked about Donita K. Paul’s DragonKeeper Chronicles. Did you know she makes dragon jewelry and bookmarks as well? Check her out at the Dragon Lady Shoppe.
And how could I talk about dragon art without mentioning one of the well-known artist, Anne Stokes. Calendars, prints, journals, wall-hangings like the one you see here from Amazon, and so much more. I know there are so many talented artist out there, I could not, obviously, mention them all. But if you know of some, please share a link in the comments!
Digital art amazes me, and one of my writerly friends, Kessie Carroll, does it well, and she takes commissions. This dragon was her first magazine cover, and this other dragon was a Temeraire fanart piece. Check out her portfolio at Deviant Art, where you can see a lot more of her digital art. Remember me mentioning the Different Dragons Anthology earlier? Well, she has a short story there too, but more about that later. 😉
Speaking of digital art and dragons! One of the Goldstone Imps tried her hand at it for the first time. Hannah created a poster for Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s new novel, Dragonwitch. Isn’t it awesome? You can find more about it on her blog, The Writer’s Window. Did you know that there is a quite a collection of fan art over on Ms. Stengl’s blog? Check it out to discover more dragon art and perhaps a glimpse into the stories themselves! Fan art of Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Starflower & Dragonwitch.
So there you have it. A quick virtual tour of dragon art from time past to now. Albeit severely lacking, but that’s where you come in. Do you have some favorite artists or art pieces? Please share their link in the comments. Thanks!