The Arcane Dragonry

10th August 2016

Onion phase

Yes, I can and do eat onions. I mean, I wouldn’t normally eat them, but I can if I’m a human (even if temporarily). This is a very exciting phase, actually. Adding layers of tissue, skin and scale makes a trophy take shape, as you will see in the pictures below. The process is simple: just cut a lot of simple cotton cloth pieces, dip them in PVA glue, and shape them into the frame. The rest is skill, there really isn’t anything else to it. I’m lucky I know Kaltakess very well and I can recall her features very easily. I guess it would be more difficult if I didn’t have a clear image of what I need to project, I don’t know.

I started by the things that would go in an under-layer, so to speak, meaning that bigger pieces would cover bits of those. Kind of like when you do a painting and you start by the background, so later on you can just paint over it if necessary, but not the other way around. So this means eye lids, nostrils, membranes and chest plates.

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The horns where very time-consuming, but they were worth it. I just added lots of bits of folded cloth, beginning from the tips and working all my way down to the skull. Folded cloth can be too stiff and temperamental sometimes, so I had to subdue it with superglue in some parts.

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And finally, I added the top layer of the skin and the scales. For the face I just cut a biiig piece of cloth that covered the whole upper part of the head (that took a lot of work to get right) and another big piece for the lower jaw. To ease the obvious fold where the jaw joins together with the face, I added some air-dry clay bits here and there. The scales didn’t turn out very regular, but they will be better next time. And here is the finished thing:

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An old steel dragon hailing from another plane. She's been living among humans for a while now, learning about them and using her artistic talent to make recreations of relevant draconic figures from her homeland. Her aim is to teach humans about her kin and learn about them in return.

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