I made this in the 2000's with pencil, ink, Sharpie markers, Gel Pens, Metallic Gel Pens, and some PrismaColor wax-based colored pencils. I used traditional methods, a stippling effect, as well as pointillism techniques. I was inspired by an artwork i saw in a movie called Rapid Fire with Brandon Lee... although this artwork is purely my own with it's own story.
My parents were in a band and playing an outdoor gig in downtown Dallas. I helped load and unload the equipment for them. While they were in the middle of a set i saw a young woman sitting in the patio area. She caught my eye because she had a shaved head. This was more uncommon back then than it is now. She sat alone and had a confidence about her that i wanted to capture.
At this point in my art i was just learning to sketch females. I would oftentimes candidly capture a figure drawing or portrait in my sketchbooks in an incognito fashion. I sat from afar and sketched her sitting at the table as best i could. When i was partially complete in capturing her ambiance artistically i felt compelled to go show her.
Nonchalantly, yet with a mild amount of reticence, i approached her and asked if i could sit and show her something. She agreed and i went forward with revealing my sketch. As it turned out she was an old schoolmate of mine from a city close by in the DFW metroplex. What are the odds? I didn't remember her but she remembered me. She loved the art and the music.
We had fun hanging out that night and did get to catch up a bit. I remember her name all these years later and will always think of her when i see this illustration. I felt the dragon symbolized her innate strength and silent power. And now this will be immortalized on the Blockchain as a NFT Showroom and Hive exclusive.
You can read more about this art here in my blog- https://peakd.com/hive-158694/@castleberry/draga-custom-framing-undone
“The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question.”
― James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
― Andy Warhol