Although I don’t find the dragon armor or the dragon visage particularly inspiring, I thought I would share this image because it does a fabulous job of instantaneously conjuring up a story. After all, what creatively inclined kid doesn’t dream of befriending a fallen dragon? Or is that just my male bias showing through? Maybe only foolish boys dream of such things! For some reason, the picture ignites a storyline more akin to the Dragonriders of Pern rather than How to Train Your Dragon, but either way, I love the subtleties of this painting – from the worm’s eye view of the footprints leading to the child’s tentative pose to the armor designed to protect the dragon’s eye – one of its few vulnerabilities.
As an aside, I really appreciated how Hiccup ended up with a handicap in the first How to Train Your Dragon movie. Not only does it show some degree of realism – fighting has its costs – it offers many handicapped children in this world a good hero to look up to. And not only is the hero of the story handicapped, he’s a scrawny misfit, the very antithesis of the bulging muscle, chiseled jaw, ever popular stereotype of a hero with great power. Shout out to DreamWorks Animation!
No information on the illustrator – if you know who it is, let me know so I can drop a link.