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Dragons Based On Mammals Symbolize Strength, Stealth, And Sublime Power

Updated on August 28, 2011

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Dragon mammal drawings morph mammals into mythical animals.


"Taurus Draconis" Dragon Mammal TORSO Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle
"Taurus Draconis" Dragon Mammal TORSO Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle

Dragon Characteristics

Dragons are mythical animals born from the human imagination. These fantasy creatures traditionally look like gigantic reptiles with bat wings and pointy body parts. Artists who draw dragons incorporate additional distinguishing anatomical features such as scaly skin, webbed feet with claws, and multiple heads. Stories about dragons typically portray these imaginary beasts as having fire-breathing abilities and other magical powers.

In Western mythologies and fairy tales, dragons usually symbolize evil. Christianity, for example, associates dragons with Satin.

Eastern mythologies, on the other hand, portray dragons as symbols of good. The Chinese, for example, associate dragons with the highest good.

I prefer the positive view of dragons.

"Taurus Draconis" Dragon Mammal Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle
"Taurus Draconis" Dragon Mammal Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle

Re-Inventing Dragons – Dragon Mammal Drawings

The few dragon drawings that I have made are not traditional treatments based on reptiles. Instead, my dragon drawings are based on mammals – the bull, the horse, and the panther. I do retain some traditional sharp features, such as bat wings, a pointy spinal ridge, a pointy tail, and a pointy tongue. In my opinion, pointiness makes the dragon a dragon. Consequently, I use these familiar dragon features to morph pictures of mammals into exotic fantasy hybrids.

"Equus Draconis" Dragon Mammal Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle
"Equus Draconis" Dragon Mammal Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle
"Equus Draconis" Dragon Mammal CLOSE-UP Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle
"Equus Draconis" Dragon Mammal CLOSE-UP Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle

Re-Inventing The Re-Inventions

Years after I created dragon mammal drawings, I photographed them and created digital images of them to offer as ... DRAGON MAMMAL FINE ART PRINTS .

On several of the images, I made tonal inversions to create even more dramatic appearances. In other words, I reversed the dark-on-light images of the original pencil drawings to light-on-dark images that resemble tarnished silver etchings or x-rays.

Equus Draconis Dragon Mammal TONAL INVERSION Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle
Equus Draconis Dragon Mammal TONAL INVERSION Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle
Panthera Draconis Dragon Mammal TONAL INVERSION Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle
Panthera Draconis Dragon Mammal TONAL INVERSION Photo Of Original Drawing (c) 2011 Robert G. Kernodle

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    • LauraTallo profile image

      Laura Tallo 2 months ago from Louisiana

      l love your art work! I really enjoy fantasy art.

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      Robert Kernodle 6 years ago

      Thanks for your observations.

      Robert

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      cephla 6 years ago from India

      Awesome hub I must say! Really fascinating information.

      P.S. Epic drawings I'll say!