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Daniel D. Copeland (the Naked Celt)

"Tribute for the Dragon" by Daniel D. Copeland (the Naked Celt)

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This is how dragons gather treasure. They lay waste to the countryside, burning up every tree. You can see the landslide scars on the hills where the rain has fallen on deforested earth. They then demand tribute from the local people whose livelihood they have destroyed. In return they hand out tiny fractions of what they have accumulated, just enough for the people to survive and keep working and giving them more.

The people, say the dragons, should be bloody well grateful. Why, if it wasn’t for the wages the dragons pay them, they’d have nothing at all. If they’re not satisfied with that, they have only to subscribe to the dragons’ philosophy of acquisition and self-improvement. There’s one standing at the dragon’s side in whom the process of self-improvement is about half accomplished. (Not quite a traditional idea, but found in C. S. Lewis’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which in turn is reminiscent of the human origin of the dragon Fafnir in Norse myth.)

This dragon was built from bits of many beasts. In no particular order, it contains a bat, a pterosaur, a horse, a goose, a ferret, a lizard, a kangaroo, a snake, a goat, a Tyrannosaurus rex and a lion. Twenty points if you can find them all. Pencil drawing, enhanced in PhotoStudio 2000.

1 Feb 200545 Sarah Quail
Pretty good. A bit of commentary on capitalism, maybe? *grin*

I felt the proportions on the dragon were a bit off, but that might just be my bias towards a different sort of dragon. Certainly evokes the images you're talking about.

:-) Daniel D. Copeland (the Naked Celt) replies: "Yup, that's right -- capitalism. I like the old serpentine dragons with their long supple bodies."
20 Jun 200545 Guess
The dragon's body does look long for its wings, but they are sometimes called "worms" after all. I like the dog running away - it adds both humour and tension to an otherwise surprisingly peaceful scene.
You know, charcoal isn't expensive (pencils or sticks) and would make it easier to get those darker bits darker (you mentioned depth of shading in one of your other pictures, I should have commented on it there, but never mind!).
17 Oct 200545 Carthaginian
Dog's terror seems belated. Reminds me of our dog once many years ago when we down to our local railway station to see the circus arriving. He was sniffing around, doing general doggy things, and didn't notice the trunk of the elephant sway downwards to sniff him out. When I nudged him, he turned, saw it, and freaked. Disappeared with the same turn of speed that your dog seems to be showing.
6 Nov 200545 Anonymous
Can't tell if the dog is running or laying there dead.
24 Mar 200645 Melody
Hi us again awesome dragon pic love dragons think there cool nice to contact you again would still love to here from you our email hasn't changed and like I said before this is no joke would love to see more pics hope to hear from you soon!!!!
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'Tribute for the Dragon':
 • Created by: :-) Daniel D. Copeland (the Naked Celt)
 • Copyright: Creative Commons LicenseThe work 'Tribute for the Dragon' by Daniel D. Copeland (the Naked Celt) is licensed under a Creative Commons Sampling 1.0 License.
 • Keywords: Capitalism, Corporation, Destruction, Dragon, Environmental, Greed, Half-dragon, Pollution, Poverty, Rubble, Treasure, Villagers, Wasteland
 • Categories: Dragons, Drakes, Wyverns, etc, Landscape, Nature, Panoramic, Magic and Sorcery, Spells, etc., Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters, European Traditions, Mythology
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen
 • Inspirations: Other Author
 • Submitted: 2005-01-14 14:49:51
 • Views: 1120
 • Resolution: 1000x706

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