Greetings friend, and welcome back!
Doyle here is the last baby dragon I’ll introduce for a wee while. I feel we need to vary our conversation somewhat, but I’m sure we’ll get back to dragons later.
Doyle was born to celebrate the engagement of two friends of mine, Tim and Tarah ( who just happen to be dragon fans themselves, little did I know Tarahs’ engagement ring bears a tiny dragon!). Being of the dark and brutal persuasion, Tim and Tarah needed a dark and brutal dragon. Enter a spiked and winged beast in metal tones, heating its cold blood upon a sun warmed rock.
In Mythology throughout the world, black dragons are associated with power, strength and evil. In China there are tales of the Four Dragons. Of these four, the Black Dragon represents power and strength, and is charged with supporting the pillars of Heaven. However Chinese black dragons also have a reputation for mischief and wicked deeds (but Doyle isn’t like that!).
After forming the basic dragon body I textured it with a steel brush, for a rough dragon skin texture. Doyle was the first dragon where I used a wire armature to support wings. It’s sooo much trickier than I imagined. A good 45 minutes of swearing accompanied the creation of a suitable frame from fine wire ( a suitable frame somewhat resembling half an inside -out umbrella). I then implanted the stems of these frames into Doyle’s body. Honestly it wasn’t as painful for the poor fellow as it sounds! Once firmly in place I coated the frames with a very thin layer of polymer clay (another task accompanied by much swearing). Wing creation is certainly not a process for those lacking patience, or possessed of sanity.
Now Doyle needed to be one Heavy Metal dragon. Blending a palette of blacks, silvers and pearlescent white I gave him garb of spikes, scales and horns. The scales on his brow ridge lead your eye up to his horns, and are formed in the same way as scales on Xipil the fire salamander. While he’s looking pretty epic now, I feel there’s something lacking.
A BEARD! Timmy has a beard that may or may not be a refugee Wookie. Doyle needs a beard too! Maybe a slightly more refined, Lung dragon style beard though…
Oh and a heart. Doyle is an an engagement dragon after all.
I couldn’t bear to put a tacky, Valentine red heart next to such a badass metal dragon. It took quite a while to mix the perfect red – deep but not too black, not too brown (it only takes a little too much black to turn any colour brown). Engraved with Tim and Tarah’s initials, the heart has become Doyle’s treasure, and he guards it fiercely!
Beware the black dragon, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup! ( plus assorted other condiments…)