I found myself some energy and time and sat down to make a dragon, which turned into three!
I started by doing some more drawing, from the pictures I gathered in my sketchbook, I wanted to try again at the flat base bead with sculptural just on the front, and I was aiming for a more wearable type of bead…erm, well I failed on that score, but who cares, I have this guy:
He really captures the feel of the type of dragon I was after, the Chinese ‘dragon dance’ hes fearsome, yet decorative…I can almost hear jingling and drums…
oh, and hes extremely large! (for a bead anyway)
I thought perhaps to make a wearable dragon bead it might be best to go smaller, which brings a whole other set of challenges, in the detail! I also went back to the other way around and the more 3D version.
so this cheerful, cheeky and somewhat toothy little fella came about
he’s much smaller:
I’ve been trying to solve problems as I go, you’ll notice the antlers have been simplified, and gained balls on the ends, decorative, yet a little more practical and definitely less pointy for wearing!
after this one, I decided the wearable element wasn’t working for now, and so I went bigger again, also trying to iron out some weight issues by adding larger cheek fins and a chin fin, so that he hangs the right way up, still not enough though.
Initially I was disappointed when I opened the kiln, as there were one or two cracks, and an antler came off the blue one (it has since been glued back on and he has now been kindly ‘adopted’ by my brother!) but then I remembered that they are only drafts, practice ones, and I still wouldn’t sell them yet, even if they were perfect.
so, I’ll make more, I’ll get even better and I’ll sort out more issues as I go along.
I’ve already sorted several, the colours are better on these, and I’m really pleased with the eyes on the first one, getting much more symmetrical and crisp colour definition.