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Great Book of Dragon Patterns 2ND Editionby Lora Irish
Synopses & Reviews
Dragons have captured the imaginations of artists for eons. Images of the beasts appear in the earliest myths, on the armor of medieval knights and in today's popular culture. Here, in this updated and improved second edition, dragon aficionado and artist Lora S. Irish shares tips and techniques for creating your own fantastic renderings of man's favorite foe. Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished artist, you'll find a treasure trove of ideas for dragon art in any medium: - Woodworkers: scroll saw, intarsia, relief carving, marquetry, pyrography and more - Fabric Artists: quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, fabric painting, silk screening and more - Illustrators: Oil, watercolor, tole painting, airbrush, pen and ink and more - Or the medium of your choice! Computer graphics, paper cutting, body art, etching, stained glass and more Inside you'll find examples of how other talented artists have incorporated dragons into their work, plus a complete history of dragon lore. You'll learn about the various dragon breed, their anatomy, ornamentation and scales. This is followed by page after page of more than 100 dragon patterns, with mystical titles such as: - Sentinel - Fire Heights - New Born Fury - Towering Monarch - Ocean crests - Triple Challenge - Hunting on the Wing - Mexican Feathered Lizard - Celtic Cross Dragons - Bat-Winged Worm - Dragon Curl - Poised for Battle - Bearded Demon - On the Prowl - Castle Wall Western Dragon - Classic Western Dragon - Winged Snake Shield - Cliff-Side Throne - Encircling the Heavens - Dagger Wrap Worm - Fire-Breathing Knot - Horned Beast Portrait - Combat - Crouching Tiger - Oriental Fire - Castle Keep - Cloud Dancer - Heaven's Flight - Pondering Coils - Loop-Tailed Oriental - New Year's Dragon - Fiery Temper
The 72 dragon patterns included in this guide cover all of the major types and traditions and can be used in a wide variety of media, including woodworking, quilting, painting, illustration, and computer graphics. 22 color photos. 89 line drawings. 12 color illustrations.
A guide for creating your own fantastic renderings of man's favorite foe-the dragon! Use the author's patterns or apply her techniques to create your own. Includes 72 patterns, basic dragon anatomy, fascinating dragon lore, evolution and more!
About the Author
Lora S. Irish runs a pattern design business and is the author of Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Landscapes in Relief, North American Wildlife Patterns for the Scroll Saw, and Wildlife Carving in Relief. She lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Chapter One Dragon Art of How do I use this book in my artwork? 3 Chapter Two Basic Dragon Traits or What does a dragon do when it's not fighting heroes? 11 Chapter Three General Description of the Breeds or Who's who in the dragon world? 17 Worm 17 Sea Serpent 18 Lindworm 18 Drake 19 Hydra 19 Winged Worm 20 Wyvern 20 Dragon or Western Dragon 21 Fairy Dragon 22 Fantasy Dragon 22 Chapter Four Oriental Dragons or Why do I need to count toes? 23 General Mythology 24 Physical Attributes 24 Eastern or Western 24 Species of Eastern Dragon 24 Eastern Dragon Patterns 25 Chapter Five Basic Anatomy or What's inside the dragon that lets it move? 27 Mammal-Styled Body 28 Reptile-Styled Bodies 29 General Skeletal Structures 30 Wing Structures 33 Chapter Six Adding Ornamentation or How do I give a dragon a face lift? 35 The Dragon's Skull 35 Horns, Crests, Teeth and More 37 Fire-Breathing Dragons 39 Chapter Seven Scale Work or How do I keep my dragon from looking like a fish? 43 Scaling, Feathers, Reptile Skin and Colored Patterns 43 Scale Grid Work 44 Chapter Eight Creating Test Patterns or How many dragons can I make from one design? 49 Basic Dragon Pattern 49 Sample Patterns 50 Chapter Nine Dragon Lore or Who are the most famous dragons of all time? 53 Virgin Hands 53 Draco 54 Hercules and the Hydra 54 The Lambton Worm 55 The Chapel Roof 56 The Ladon Serpent 57 Siegfried, Regin and Fafnir 57 Beowulf and the Fire Dragon 58 St. George and the Dragon 58 The Yorkshire Dragon 60 Chapter Ten: Dragon Patterns 61
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