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ART: Here Be Dragons (1/1, SPN Gen)

Here it is...my first ever art! I entered spn_reversebang this year as an artist because a) I knew I'd be too busy to write for it this year, and b) I had an idea for a piece of art for the first time ever, and c) my newly-gained experience with quilting from the Row by Row challenge made me think I could come up with my own landscape. It sort of went as planned!




Some time ago, I was driving down the highway towards a pretty massive thunderstorm. The road ahead looked scary, but behind me in the rearview mirror, the sky was blue and sunny. I suddenly had the idea of the reverse: what if the road ahead looked clear, but there was something very threatening in the rearview mirror. Like...a dragon? And then I came across the green "scale" fabric in my stash and knew I had to do it.

Having gained experience through quilting by fusing this past year, I decided to sketch out a design in fabric. It ended up having a pretty primitive aesthetic, and the dragon still kinda looks like a chicken, but I'm really happy with the landscape on the horizon and the fire being breathed. Thanks to dugindeep for encouraging me to do this, and big thanks to dephigravity for being my beta. It's so much better thanks to his suggestions.

And I also want to thank jennytork for picking my art and for writing a fantastic story! You should definitely go read it: it's in an existing 'verse, but you can figure out what's going on pretty quickly, and I love most of all that she put dragons IN SPACE. Which is like, the best combination ever. And I love the ending.

Close-ups of the art are below, including the banner. The whole piece is about a foot square.






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fireheart13
Feb. 8th, 2016 04:38 pm (UTC)
This is so super-cool!!! The image of the threat in the rear-view mirror is so intriguing, and using fabric?? Wow!! That scale material is so perfect, and I love the flames to. Congrats for taking a big plunge, and further kudos on doing it so well!
beelikej
Feb. 8th, 2016 06:00 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the artists' corner! *twirls you*

That fabric does indeed look like a dragon's skin, what a great find and inspiration:) The idea of the danger being behind you is very well visualized, I like that extra bit of wing in the side mirror.
I love this design a LOT with the black static frame of the car's interior and all the dynamicly printed fabrics creating a horizon outside; the winding road is such a good detail! The windscreenwipers and steeringwheel are great finishing touches!

The firebreathing dragon/chicken is fierce! (It's totally a dragon, bb, I'm just going along with your own observation :-p I think it's because the spikes are all on top of its head instead of on the back of his neck; it doesn't matter, it's still pretty damn cool;)

Oh, how I love it when people experiment with hands on arts & crafts. <3
dugindeep
Feb. 8th, 2016 08:59 pm (UTC)
So amazing!!! Love that you parlayed your side hobby into a fandom thing :D The idea of the clear skies ahead and big bad dragon in the rear view is so clever and you did a fantastic job getting that through this style/media. :D
borgmama1of5
Feb. 8th, 2016 11:31 pm (UTC)
Amazing! I would never have thought of doing fan art in quilting! Very impressive!
emmatheslayer
Feb. 9th, 2016 02:43 am (UTC)
this is very cool great work
tebtosca
Feb. 9th, 2016 02:54 am (UTC)
how cool is this??? I really love the fire breath especially, that is so well done
matchboximpala
Feb. 9th, 2016 05:33 am (UTC)
What a really clever idea and a brilliant execution!
deirdre_c
Feb. 9th, 2016 02:01 pm (UTC)
You are so insanely talented and this is SO COOL!! I love the material, love the whole look. YOU ARE AAAAAMMMMAAAAZING!!!! \o/
madebyme_x
Feb. 9th, 2016 02:42 pm (UTC)
Wow - this is super cool! I love the idea of a clear sky ahead but with the danger of a dragon in the rear view mirror - wonderful!

I'm so very impressed with your quilting, and how you've managed to paint a scene and a story in fabric - the flames of the fire, the landscape ahead, the scaled material of the dragon, the exterior and interior of the car - spectacular, and with so much detail!!!

Thank you so much sharing; what a joy this is, and well done too for stepping into the art world of fandom :)
jimbobjoe
Feb. 9th, 2016 10:46 pm (UTC)
That is such a great idea! Love the artwork.
dawnmay
Feb. 9th, 2016 11:43 pm (UTC)
This is so well-done and just so unique and creative! I'm loving all the little details on the dragon and the open highway. Really great job!
tsuki_no_bara
Feb. 10th, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)
you quilted! that is so cool! i love that you can see the dragon in the rearview and side mirrors. (are objects closer than they appear? :D ) the flames look good too.
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sillie82
Feb. 13th, 2016 01:24 am (UTC)
Oh wow, this is so awesome! :D :D Great job!
dephigravity
Feb. 13th, 2016 07:02 pm (UTC)
Late comment is late

I still love everything about this! What a lovely, unique, and creative way to create art for this challenge! This must have taken you forever, but the love you put into shines through brilliantly!

Fantastic job!
roxymissrose
Mar. 2nd, 2016 01:11 am (UTC)
omgosh, that is so *cool*! Quilting a fanart--what a wonderful idea! The road! The car! The dragon! ♥
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