Building the body of the dragon
As I was explaining above, for my creation to be credible, it needs some solid foundations.
So I first started searching in the dinosaur section to see whether I’d find one similar to what I had in mind. At first sight, dinosaurs have the ideal body mass.
I started drawing a few of them to immerse myself in Dino style, which, in my opinion, comes close to Dragon style.
First I found the Velociraptor, whose posture I liked quite a bit (fig 1).
Then, by searching further on the Internet, I came across the illustration of a Plateosaurus.
As is often the case, many versions diverged from this first picture. Thus I printed out the real skeleton of the Plateosaurus and added muscles and skin to have my own version (fig 2).
That’s how I found the general idea of what I was seeking for the body of my Dragon : a long neck, a Dino that can stand on all fours as well as upright, on two sturdy hind legs.
Then arose my first issue : I had the shape of the body I wanted, but I couldn’t imagine it in movement.
Its position on all fours no longer fit my expectations.
I need to be able to see things move in my mind before I can draw them in all sorts of positions. Like a 3D animator, I needed one more element. Another animal with a walk that suited what I had in mind.
Something graceful and flexible, like a lion, a tiger or a cat (fig 3).
I had found the solution and was finally able to build an initial anatomy that agreed entirely with my imagination. I started by drawing a profile.