|5 Aug 2002|| Nathan Neil Phillips|
I love the detail the pose and the overall composition, but wouldn't fire have the opposite effect of making crystals? Crystals form from liquids that are slowly cooled. Perhaps he has melted off the matrix of substance with a lower melting point than the crystals?
|10 Dec 2002|| Renae A. Froman|
I absolutely adore this! The composition looks like it would make a really good logo/t-shirt design. And the dragons expression is great. I've never used a rapidiograph before, (stippling by hand drove me to the brink once, NEVER AGAIN!!!) William A Clayton
replies: "Thank you! I only wish I could post a better shot of it, but the original has yellowed out, this is from a poster of the work, and is 25% smaller... As for stippling, ouch! I did a series of these works, and will probably never do so again,*fingers crossed*, as it is time consuming and hard on both pen and artist. Maybe as a work of color, on canvas...hmmm..."
|30 Dec 2002|| Lori E. White|
I would never have the patience to do stippling. The longest I've ever spent on one picture is two days. You have some patience...
Stippling is as bad as drawing all the scales on a full sized dragon. THAT I vow never to do again
just one smaller dragons! William A Clayton
replies: "Ha, indeed, I know exactly what you mean. All those little dots really get to one after a bit. Rough on the wrist and pen tips too. I really prefer lines to dots, but at the time I did a series of half a dozen or so of these. I agree, never again!"
|26 Feb 2003|| Erin 'Shazzy' Gallagher|
I myself have just found the hand wrentching dominion of stipling...good lord! I don't think my pic will ever get finished lmao! But I indeed admire you for the patience it must have taken to finish this! *bows deeply* The detail is what really blows me away...and ALL the little dots... *Shazzy* William A Clayton
replies: "*returns bow*. Thank you, Shazzy. I doubt I'll ever do this technique again, though I did enjoy it at the time. I had been fortunate to see an exposition on the style at a museum in San Francisco, years earlier, and it must have stuck somewhere in my mind. Dots .... *shudders*. I hope you'll post your work, when 'tis finished."
|7 May 2003|| Rebecca Mellor|
*gives said hand a little kiss* Poor thing! This is, however, a very striking and individual piece of work. I've said it before and shall say it again, patience of a saint! This is quite a different dragon compared to your usual style, his head is a lot bigger and the eyes are more pronounced. I love the idea and the little batch of crystals in the foreground. William A Clayton
replies: "Rebecca, you are kind, though my hand has long since recovered from the labors of this, and the other dotty pics I did in a series. My hand does feel somewhat blessed, however, and, though patience is probably the only quality a saint and I would have in common, I am grateful and flattered by the comparison, and your healing touch. Your other perceptions are right on the mark, and I have sometimes toyed with the notion of doing this work on canvas, as the colors offer alot of dramatic potential."
|6 Sep 2003|| Nelz|
Let's all take a vote. Is this piece visually appealing? -No
Would this make a good image for a dart board in a lesbian bar.-Yes William A Clayton
replies: "Hmm, hardly seems good business to limit one's options to Lesbian bars, dartboard decorations would make for a decent living! Thanks for the idea!"