Wed
Jul 16 2014 10:00am

Picturing Dragons

Picturing Dragons

Dragons are arguably the most ubiquitous and most beloved fantastical creature. Initially I shied away from dragons as a theme—they’re everywhere, where do you even start!? But they are everywhere because they are cool, and seeking out dragon images meant going down a delightful rabbit-hole through all ages, cultures, styles, and dispositions. So without further ado, welcome to Picturing Dragons, at 170 drawings and paintings, it is perhaps the largest installment of the Picturing series yet!

We start off (above) with one of the most beautiful renditions of one of the most famous dragons of them all, Alan Lee’s Smaug.

The first of many Saint George and the Dragon paintings we’ll see here—and perhaps one of the most famous—by Raphael.

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And from Raphael to the Pre-Raphaelites, Edward Burne-Jones with Perseus and Andromeda in The Doom Fulfilled.

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Robert Hunt created this worm-like underground dragon for a Tor.com story by Garth Nix, “Fire Above, Fire Below.”

Robert Hunt artwork for Garth Nix's Fire Above, Fire Below

 

Julie Dillon’s beautifully conceived desert dragon.

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Aaron Miller, Dragons of Red Rocks Canyon. I love that the dragon has a decorated entrance.

Aron Miller, Red Rocks Dragon

 

From Ciruelo Cabral, an Argentine painter who specializes in dragons.

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Elves and dragons, two elegant creatures—by John Howe.

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Jaime Jones. I love how completely natural this scene is.

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Jon Foster created a great series of covers for Tim Zahn featuring a boy with a dragon tattoo...which is not always just a tattoo.

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Another from Aaron Miller, The Scouting Party.

Arron Miller

 

Still one of my favorite Donato Giancola paintings. The glade is beautiful and the dragons look so natural in it. For Barbara Hambly’s Dragonshadow.

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Darrell Sweet paints a scene from The Silmarillion.

Darrell K. Sweet

 

Of course, no post about dragon art can skip Michael Whelan and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern. Here are just two examples drawn from their collaboration over the years. Sadly, McCaffrey is longer with us, but you can read Whelan’s touching tribute to her here.

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John Howe, working magic with warm and cool glows.

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Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons, by Michael Komark.

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And another from Jon Foster’s set of Timothy Zhan covers about a boy and his tattoo dragon...

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Emperor Huang Di from Austin Hsu.

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Cory Godbey’s sea dragon looks so casual and human in this painting.

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Stephen Hickman for Steven Brust Jhereg. Here’s one where the dragon’s near-human hands seem to add some intelligence to the creature.

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Epic in every way: Nicolas Delort, a contemporary scratchboard artist working in fantasy and science fiction. (Here’s a guy that knows how to carve a niche out for himself!) Here’s Eowyn and the Nazgul.

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Arthur Rackham being amazing.

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Justin Gerard is a young artist with a great knack for classic storytelling. Here’s his take on Saint George and the Dragon. This is just one of a series—you should check out the rest.

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Viktor Vasnetsov’s seven-headed Hydra.

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Brian Froud’s homage to John Bauer. (The original Bauer image is posted further down below.)

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Briton Rivière shows us a different angle on Saint George and the Dragon.

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Siegfried tastes the dragon’s blood, from Arthur Rackham.

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A girl and her dragon, what can be more harmless? By Zach Montoya.

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Sam Weber for Jane Lindskold’s The Thirteen Orphans, a fantasy novel based on the Chinese zodiac.

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Detail from the Islamic Book of Kings, art attributed to Qasim ibn ’Ali.

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Iconic profile by concept artist Iain McCaig.

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Ukiyo-e artist Ogata Gekko’s dragon rising...

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Jaime Jones. This is one of those paintings that instantly places you there. Each time I see it, all I can think of is, “We are so screwed.”...and then I remember to admire the light, the composition....

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A scene from Xiaodi so real it feels like it’s happening right now.

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Don Maitz and the Death of the Last Dragon.

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Donn P. Crane’s Siegfried slaying Fafnir.

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I was so happy to stumble into this J. C. Leyendecker piece. It wouldn’t be a Picturing post without him, and it’s just a great image.

J. C. Leyendecker

 

Frank C. Papé, an English artist, taking on the Russian folk tale “Falcon the Hunter.”

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A really lovely Saint Michael and the Dragon from an unknown artist, believed to be from Spain.

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An early morning chase from Heather Theurer.

 Heather Theurer

 

Julie Bell, mixing realistic rendering of the figure with a wonderfully loose and textural dragon.

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These two look like they were born for each other. By Jason Chan.

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Michael Komarck with not just an awesome dragon, but the courage to show the scene through a veil of spears.

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Bob Eggleton has painted approximately one gazillion dragons. Consider this just a prod to go look up the rest.

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Kinuko Craft, always stunning, always elegant. This one for Freda Warrington’s Grail of the Summer Stars.

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Omar Rayyan, one of the great animal caricaturists of all time. Seriously. We’re just lucky to have him in our time.

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Android/Andrew Jones: monarch dragon, made of thousands of butterflies.

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Konstantin Vasilyev with a stylized mountain of a knight versus the snake-y dragon.

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The Child in the World by pre-Raphaelite Thomas Cooper Gotch.

Thomas Gotch

 

James Jean, tormented by a Secret.

James Jean

 

I couldn’t find an artist credit for this beyond “Art Deco Dragon,” but it’s a lovely piece so, whoever you were, thank you.

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James Jean’s take on Saint George and the Dragon for the hugely popular comic book series Fables.

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A classic from John Howe, one of the great Tolkien artists.

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Jon Hodgson’s painting is based largely on Tolkien’s Smaug drawing (seen at the end of this post.)

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Daren Bader, wings versus wings.

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A favorite find for me on this project. I didn’t know about Huangfan’s work before, but I’m sure glad I know about it now.

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A pile of dragon in Aftermath by Sandara.

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Jaime Jones with one really massive dragon.

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Lucas Graciano. I’m not sure whether it’s the dragon or the spear holders that are about to have a bad day.

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Just one image from Anna and Elena Balbusso’s lavishly-illustrated Beowulf.

Anna and Elena Balbusso

 

William Timlin, from The Ship That Sailed To Mars.

William Timlin's “The Ship That Sailed To Mars”

 

Super-cute Saint George by JooHee Yoon.

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“Lead us not into temptation” from Mucha’s Pater Noster

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William Blake’s The Great Red Dragon

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This was one of my favorite finds while putting this collection together: Nine Dragons from Chen Rong. I’ve only shown one of the nine here but each one is a delight. Be sure to check out the whole scroll.

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Andrei Ryabushkin, In the Dragon Cave

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Jeremy Enecio, who often makes everything just on the other side of comfortable.

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Todd Lockwood breaking down fantastical anatomy in A Natural History of Dragons.

Todd Lockwood, Natural History of Dragons

 

Da Vinci’s dragon versus lion.

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Corinne Reid, The King’s Request.

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Wayne Anderson, from The Flight of Dragons.

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A scholarly dragon from David Thiérrée.

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Greg Ruth’s alternate illustration for the Tor.com story “Dragonkin.”

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Salvator Rosa painting, Jason Charming the Dragon.

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Frederic Leighton with Perseus and Andromeda.

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Chris Rahn’s Little Prince. This painting is just 5x7 inches small, created for the annual MicroVisions art auction.

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Lucas Graciano’s Dragon Swarm does a great job of showing one woman in control of a lot of power.

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Georg Janny. I have Charles Vess to thank for the introduction to Janny’s work.

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A truly ghoulish dragon from Min Yum.

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Andrew/Android Jones’ water dragon for 2012’s Year of the Dragon celebrations.

Andrew Jones

 

Another from Huangfan. I just love the sense of speed and flight that he gets from these bold and relatively simple shapes.

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Michael Pedro. A little glow in the mouth and the eye can be everything.

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Eyvind Earle, one of the great old Disney artists, concept art for Sleeping Beauty.

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One of the most famous dragon portraits of them all, John Jude Palencar’s Eragon. Author Christopher Paolini was so taken by Palencar’s work that he named an Inheritance Cycle king after him.

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Robert Hunt’s Dragon in Chains. You can see a comprehensive step-by-step for this piece on Hunt’s blog.

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Temeraire, by Karl Kopinski. A reader corrects me, not Temeraire but freind of Temeraire! Likely from The Black Powder War. (Thanks!)

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It‘s remarkable how John Howe is able to put the subject of the painting in the middle distance. I also enjoy the fact that it’s such a lovely, blissful day.

John Howe

 

A Confabulation of Dragons from wonderful fairy-tale artist, Scott Gustafson.

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Now, these guys are adventuring...by Raoul Vitale.

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...and another from Raoul Vitale.

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Lars Grant-West showing off some quieter moments in a dragon’s life.

Lars Grant-West

 

Dragon taxi in Charles Lepec’s La Tarrasque.

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A beautiful emerald-eyed dragon from Stephan Martinière.

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Toothless is an in-house favorite, with good reason. Here’s a piece of concept art for How to Train Your Dragon.

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Tony DiTerlizzi’s Kenny & the Dragon.

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Italian naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandis Winged Dragon of Ethiopia.

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Dragon and dragons by Daren Bader.

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Charles Vess with the spirit of the forest.

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Bertha Lum, an American artist working in Japan.

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From Virginia Sterrett’s Arabian Nights.

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Victo Ngai’s year of the dragon.

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Greg Manchess, painting Gene Wolfe’s The Wizard Knight in classic Golden Age style.

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Even Mike Mignola’s Hellboy has had to fight a dragon...

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One of three paintings Dan Dos Santos did featuring a punk-ish blacksmith/dragon slayer.

Dan Dos Santos

 

Sam Burley for the Tor.com short story, “Brother. Prince. Snake.”

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Now this would be a great moment, wouldn’t it? From Julie Dillon.

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Another from Sam Burley, and again for one of our short stories, Slayers.

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Nathan Fowkes for How To Train Your Dragon. This says so much with just a few fast blobs.

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A delightful middle-grade dragon from Greg Swearingen.

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Joshua Middleton, a young man meeting an even younger dragon.

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Dan Dos SantosThe Dragon Empress. This piece recently won a Spectrum medal.

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Mark Molchan has captured a great moment in which something big is about to happen...

/Mark Molchan

 

This Magic card from Cythnia Sheppard shows us just who is the most badass...and that fighting dragons is bloody business.

 

A Flight of Sky Knights from Kekai Kotaki.

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Michael Kaluta’s take on Eowyn and the Nazgul.

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Tim Paul (who created our own Rocket Talk logo) and a proudly fiery dragon.

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Charles Santoso, Dragon’s Nightmare.

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Craig Phillips, pleasantly hitching a ride.

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Concept art for How to Train Your Dragon by Shane Prigmore.

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Bayard Wu with great rhythm and one badass panda.

Bayard Wu

 

Where did Bill Carman’s dragon go?

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N. C. Wyeth...

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Scottish symbolist John Duncan, The Sword of Light.

John Duncan

 

A cover for Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea by Leo and Diane Dillon.

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By someone named Mooncookie on Deviant Art.

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I had the pleasure of working with Kazuhiko Sano a few times. This one was for Elizabeth Kerner’s Song in the Silence.

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Fantasy art legend Keith Parkinson.: North Watch, for Dragon magazine.

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Giovanni Battista Crosato’s Jason and Medea charming the Sleepless Dragon of the Golden Fleece. For some reason I find this one funny.

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I’ve always loved Tolkien’s own drawings for Middle-earth.

Tolkien’s Smaug

 

Virginia Frances Sterrett’s Cadmus Slays the Dragon

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N. C. Wyeth showing the original hipsters.

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Elenore Abbott’s illustration for The Two Brothers.

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Frank C. Papé on the Russian folk tale “Nikitich and Marina.”

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Utagawa Kunisada’s dragon riders.

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Pavel Orinyansky...everyone looks a little annoyed.

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Friat Solhan. Soooo sweet.

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Flying dragons and flying carpets. By Evaline Ness.

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Charles Vess and his typically masterful line work.

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British fairy tale artist John D. Batten.

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Russian fairy tale artist Nika Goltz.

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Ana Juan from Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series. (It’s always great to see contemporary novels utilize illustration throughout.)

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Uh-oh! Peter de Seve.

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From Max Ernst’s surrealist picture book, A Week of Kindness.

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Henry Justice Ford from The Violet Fairy Book.

Henry Justice Ford

 

German illustrator Hermann Vogel takes on The Ring of the Nibelung.

Vogel Nibelung

 

British illustrator Sidney Sime, popular with Lord Dunsany

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Mark Summers’ scratchboard dragon, patiently waiting for his passage in.

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Eric Velhagen, showing another woman in complete command of a whole lot of dragon-power.

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Jeffrey Catherine Jones’ luxurious Dragon Slayer.

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A bookplate by Franz von Bayros: Saint George rescuing a maiden who looks like she’s doing just fine without him.

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Dragon tree, Ian Miller.

Dagon and Tree, Ian Miller

 

Arthur Rackham’s Leviathan.

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Resting in the dragon’s mouth—I couldn’t find the artist’s credit, anyone know who it’s by?

 

Pete Sinfield

 

An undead dragon with disturbingly human arms, by Steven Belldin.

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I love the movement and atmosphere in this—you can clearly hear and feel this scene. Lauren Saint-Onge.

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Many people have painted Eowyn and the Nazgul: this one by Donato Giancola is among the best.

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Stephan Martinière’s cover for Michael Swanwick’s The Dragons of Babel.

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One more from Eyvind Earle and Sleeping Beauty.

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One of the most adored folktale artists, Sweden’s John Bauer. In fact, this piece is the basis for the Brain Froud painting earlier in the post above!

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Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent drawn by Stjepan Sejic.

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Edward Gorey proves that even dragons can be thoughtful and well mannered.

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Two from Olga Dugina and Andrej Dujin, A Thousand and One Nights...

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.... and The Dragon’s Feather.

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Ignis, illustrated by P. J. Lynch, is about a sweet dragon that needs to learn how to breath fire.

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Yoshitaka Aman, looking very poisonous.

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This dragon wants them books...by Michael Komarck.

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Dan Milligan’s concept art for an ill-fated Pern movie (a shame—judging by the few samples I’ve seen, an “Art of” book would be wonderful.)

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Brom’s Serpent of One Thousand Kings.

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From Aleksi Briclot’s lavishly illustrated Merlin, a retelling of the classic Arthurian tale.

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I’ll sign off with Tolkien’s delightful Smaug. I know there are many, many more wonderful examples of dragons in art—please feel free to add pictures and links in the comments!

 

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61 comments
Claudio Pozas
1. Claudio Pozas
Several of the artists above inspired me when I did this one:

http://www.claudiopozas.com/Illustration/mine.jpg
Claudio Pozas
2. Ardi

Nightwatch by my friend Lindsay Archer. I have a print of this in my home.
Claudio Pozas
4. Tanglekey
The girl resting in the dragon's mouth is by Sulamith Wulfing, I believe.
Claudio Pozas
5. Mike Tedone
I'm a big fan of Christina Yen's dragon artwork:
http://www.sixthleafclover.com/
Alex Livingston
6. AlexLivingston
All this, and yet I am still not tired of seeing dragons.
Kate Nepveu
7. katenepveu
I read The Paper Bag Princess to SteelyKid the night before last (just one of many occasions I've read it to both kids), and I love the expressiveness of that dragon:



Thanks for the awesome post!
Bridget McGovern
8. BMcGovern
I loved this A.A. Milne poem when I was younger, and remember finding this version illustrated by Chris Riddell years ago online and printing it out--this post just reminded me of both :)
Claudio Pozas
9. Stormdancer
Relentlessly drives home the point I've been making for years - you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a dragon. They're just achingly over-used. The world needs more gryphons!
Claudio Pozas
10. LindsayGravina
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hendrick_Goltzius_Cadmus_Statens_Museum_for_Kunst_1183.jpg

http://www.wikiart.org/en/utagawa-kuniyoshi/dragon

http://downloadwallpaperhd.com/chinese-dragon-hd-wallpaper/

http://dragoestattoo.blogspot.com/p/decalque-para-tatuagens.html

http://conceptartworld.com/?p=15498

http://necspenecmetu.tumblr.com/post/15479623500/giorgio-vasari-altarpiece-with-the-calling-of

http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/dore/bible/16.html
Claudio Pozas
11. Eoghan Kerrigan
Paul Bonner's dragons are wonderfully toothy and gnarled.





Lauren Hartman
12. naupathia
Wow all of this was great! Thanks for putting it together! Dragons have been my favorite ever since I can remember, so this was fun :)
Claudio Pozas
13. Sammy Torres

Two of my characters :3
http://sammytorres.deviantart.com/
Keith Yatsuhashi
14. Keith Yatsuhashi


Shirley Chen--Dragon in Tokyo from my book Kojiki
Keith Yatsuhashi
15. Keith Yatsuhashi
Award winning art from Gia Ngyuen Hoang called Dragon Mountain. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. It's now the cover of my book.
Claudio Pozas
16. Michelle R. Wood
Just FYI: Temeraire has black scale, so I doubt this illustration is of him. Instead, I'd buy it as a picture of one of the dragons he feets alongside in Prussia during Black Powder War.
Claudio Pozas
18. suepainter

The Dragons, by Suzanne Painter
www.suziepainter.com/fantasy/
Claudio Pozas
19. bcarman
Consider your weekend justified Irene. What an incredible gathering. You even got Ian miller in there. Bonner and van der Weyden's St. George would be my only additions. You are the best.
Jonathan Wright
20. Fairyologist
This is great fun!
Here's an Iron Mountain Hoarder:

and some Dragon Eye

and a hatching

(hatching from a "whale's ear bone"....riiiight.)
Claudio Pozas
21. Mike G.
Also Whelan, but fairly different from the Pern dragons, the covers for the books in Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince world:
http://tumblr.michaelwhelan.com/post/78857648502/michael-whelans-covers-for-the-dragon-prince

http://tumblr.michaelwhelan.com/post/91944280903/dragon-lake-1988-by-michael-whelan-cover

(and several others...)
Brian R
23. Mayhem
On the McCaffrey Pern front, I always loved the Corgi covers by David Roe and Steve Weston.
Totally impractical, but delightfully fantastic.



Pamela Adams
25. Pam Adams
Andromeda! Get some clothes on, girl- there's a dragon attacking!!
Claudio Pozas
26. Cathy/greytfriend
Thank you, this is an amazing collection. I can't even imagine how many hours it took to pull this together.
Claudio Pozas
27. Eileen Howard
Whelan also did magnificent dragons for Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince Trilogy and her Dragon Star Trilogy. EG:
http://t.wallpaperweb.org/wallpaper/fantasy/1280x1024/BY_DnMCal05wall1280_WhelanMichael_DragonLord.jpg
Claudio Pozas
28. Lauretta
Peter Sis did a lovely job of illustrating THE DRAGONS ARE SINGING TONIGHT. His work is incredible.
http://greenwillowblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Dragon-spread1.jpg

Also, I didn't see you mention the Brothers Hindebrandt's version of Smaug:
http://gistlabs.net/Dragon_Forest/pictures/Brothers_HILDEBRANDT/hildebrandtSmaug.jpg
Claudio Pozas
29. Liadan
You're missing one of my favorites. Ms. Anne Stokes

http://www.annestokes.com/dragons/
Pamela Adams
30. Pam Adams
I preferred the earlier dragons for the McCaffrey covers to Michael Whelan's- to me, his were too dinosaur-like. Always loved this one by Elizabeth Littman:

Claudio Pozas
31. Peirce
No Larry Elmore?
Allana Schneidmuller
32. blutnocheinmal
From user bluefooted on DeviantArt.


Two of many excellent pieces by French illustrator Marc Simonetti:

Claudio Pozas
33. Andrea K
Robin Jacques, in illustrating Ruth Manning Sanders' work, did many a fine dragon:

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=jacques+dragon&rlz=1C1CHWA_enAU594AU594&espv=2&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=gVrHU5i5NsP88QWw54H4DA&ved=0CEoQsAQ&biw=1227&bih=700&dpr=1.25#q=robin+jacques+dragon&tbm=isch
Claudio Pozas
34. The Lord Drongo
I don't know how Michael Moorcock's Elric series have escaped either illustration or comment, but I'm glad we had an illustration from Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea ... but you can't, you absolutely can't go past Dragon book, which I got when I was ten and still re-read when I find the time - and it, buried as it is under so much personal history ...
Claudio Pozas
35. Chris Currie
@gomiller
It looks like the painting above by Mark Molchan is Skyrim inspired.

Another fantastic dragon-art talent is Karim Beyit. His series of dragon portraits have been licensed for a number of different books and games, and was most recently comissioned for a few more for the card game Draco Magi.

Claudio Pozas
36. Cecrow
Same as 31: no Larry Elmore? Loved the original Dragonlance Chronicles covers, and his cover for Legend of Huma.
Claudio Pozas
37. bjorn hurri


People seem to like my dragon in this illustration so I thought I'd share it :)
Matthew B
38. MatthewB
Scroll...
Scroll...
Where is it?
Scroll...
He has to be here!
Scroll...
There it is! Lockwood! Only one?

Nice collection!
Irene Gallo
39. Irene
Thanks for all the great adds, everyone! There's so much great work out there.
Claudio Pozas
40. Clamarnicale
One of the most stunning depictions of a dragon that I've ever seen is in the Stockholm Cathedral. It's not a painting though, but a medieval statue from the 1480's depicting the famous Saint George story, made out of wood and decorated with, among other things, moose horns.

The statue was ordered by the Regent of Sweden, Sten Sture the Elder, as a celebration of his victory over the invading troops of Denmark. It's supposedly allegorical - Saint George representing Sten Sture himself, the Dragon is of course Denmark, and the onlooking princess is either Stockholm or Sweden itself.





http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Saint_George_and_the_Dragon_in_Storkyrkan
Claudio Pozas
41. Jesse Mangerson
Jeff Nishinaka - paper scupltor
Claudio Pozas
42. Athreeren
I just read The Art of the Discworld by Paul Kidby. It has some great swamp dragons.
Claudio Pozas
43. Steve Caunce
Huang Do is from Austin Hsu at Deviant Art: http://austinhsu.deviantart.com/art/Emperor-promo-paintings-363872867
Claudio Pozas
44. wyoarmadillos
The Dragon who liked to Spit Fire by Judy Varga
http://theartofchildrenspicturebooks.blogspot.com/2011/06/dragon-who-liked-to-spit-fire.html
is one of my favorites.
andrew smith
45. sillyslovene
Known for his fantastic playful scenes, James C. Christensen puts a lot of little dragons in his works here and there - some more prominent than others.

Here are some fun ones:

"Michael the Archangel Battles the Dragon While Almost Nobody Pays Any Attention" - could be an interesting commentary on how many people in the world would see or choose not to see a thread detailing dragon art...


"Return of the Fablemaker"

"Side-Wheeler, Full Steam"

I also like these two, by Scott Gustafson -

"The Dragon's Tale"

"A Confabulation of Dragons"
Irene Gallo
46. Irene
43. Steve Caunce,

Thanks!
I updated the post.
Kerly Luige
47. Celebrinnen
Whelan's wonderful work was fairly mentioned, but it seems to me you have left out THE Dragon ;)



That aside, I have always enjoyed Luis Royo's work, for example this one:


Or the one he did for G.R.R.M's The Ice Dragon:



And I found some real gems from the postings above, so thank you!
Claudio Pozas
48. Muse
Who could forget Yosemite Sam and his dragon! (Dragons is so stupid)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-K4_UObHgHzk/Un0d17we3ZI/AAAAAAAAHT8/x38xJNhxC3c/s1600/knighty+knight+bugs+yosemite+sam.jpg
Claudio Pozas
50. Elizabeth Ewing
Your unknown artist of 'Resting in the Dragon's Mouth' looks very much like the work of Sulamith Wulfing. And I prefer the cover by Peter Bollinger to the original edition of Song in the Silence, but as a techno-idiot I can't link to it. Love the collection, what a brilliant drove of dragons!
Kerly Luige
51. Celebrinnen
I thought I'll also share this - a friend of mine did this :)


http://taibu.deviantart.com/art/bookcover-dragon-76470409
Claudio Pozas
52. TheBagfish
The epitome of dragon art for me will always be Steve Weston's covers for the British Pern books. No-one else comes anywhere close to making dragons look like they are supposed to look! I always thought the US McCaffrey dragon covers were so ugly in comparison to the graceful filigreed dragons that Weston painted.

F'nor on Canth in Dragonquest


Cover for Dragonsdawn


Cover of Dragondrums - I painted this on my bedroom wall when I was a teen much to my parents' disgust....


Dragonflight
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54. metasilk
The woman sleeping in the dragon's mouth is by Sulamith Wulfing. (It's the cover art on Pete Sinfield's album Still. ) Wulfing's art is very etheral (though I'm hardly the first to say so). Lots of angels and pale graceful forms.
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55. metasilk
p.s. According to Wikipedia, the title of Wulfing's painting is "Big Friend".
Alan Brown
56. AlanBrown
I almost didn't look at this, as I thought you had done a dragons collection before. But if you did do one before, it is dwarfed by this one. So many, many (many!) great pictures here--I'm going to run out of hard disk space if you keep running these collections!
I especially liked the Kekai Kotaki painting of the dragons racing past the flying ship's quarterdeck, all sorts of motion and excitement in that one.
And the Mark Molchan picture with the warrior on the crag was good. With all those dragons, and his hand glowing with some sort of pent up magic, you just know things are about to explode.
So, one question. When are we going to see a spaceship collection? Stubby could host a gathering of his friends.
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58. MForrest
For anyone who grew up playing D&D in the 80's, Larry Elmore's work was instantly recognizable. I've always been a huge fan of his dragon on the cover of the red boxed D&D starter set:

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59. S.F. Warwick
Lovely.....just lovely.

Thank you
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60. Drejzer
Umm the cover picture from Eragon shows Saphira not Eragon(that's a human dragon-rider, to be precise...)
Just saying...
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61. Javier Andre
To Keith Yatsuhashi, the Darrel Sweet painting is Hurin killing Glaurung. This scene is not actually in The Silmarillion, but in The Lost Tales.
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62. Sietse Swerts
Didn't see anything from Olivier Ledroit, I think. Google him, you won't be disappointed (apologies, I don't know how to put up a link or a picture).

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