It's a rare thing these days that I have time to do personal pieces. While this one was not completely free-reign, and still needed to fall under the assignment guidelines for this years Illustration Master Class, there was still much room to interpret. "Dragon(s) and people" was the gist of it. Pretty wide open.
I thought to myself "I'm going to do something new. Something outside of convention. Something creative, with a timelessness, a mystery. Something that makes people ask questions."
So, I thought up this elaborate mythology, around an ancient, super-high-tech dragon, perhaps left for centuries by a civilization only known through artifacts such as this. Perhaps a living thing, merely in a long slumber. The current peoples revere it as a god, or at least a guardian, frozen in time, that will spring back to life in a time of need.
Pilgrimages are made. It is prayed to, studied, and protected. Religion centers around the enigma of the metallic deity.
And I was sooooooo proud of my ultimate creativity. Until, while Don Dos Santos was talking about his influences, he mentioned that for him it all started with cartoons from the '80s. Then I realized: In my stroke of genius, I'd reinvented "Voltron."
Anyway, now I just need to find a rag-tag group of misfits to protect folks from space monsters.
For the Illustration Master Class 2011. Copyright me.
Rope bridges by "Rickety Pete's Hemp Emporium." Voltron copyright... I dunno. Probably Hasbro. I think they own all childhood memories.