This is an entry to the contest on group
Theme: Dragons are not evil
When lost and alone in the gathering dark a friendly face can make all the difference.
I have left some of the story open for interpretation by the viewer. It is clear that the three humans in the painting are ill prepared for an overnight stay in the wilderness- no weapons for hunting or defence, no camping equipment and only one bag of supplies between the three of them. Was their village attacked and they were forced to flee? Were they prisoners or slaves that managed to escape their captors? Whatever the reason it has left them wandering into unfamiliar territory where they had the good fortune to be found by one who wishes to help them.
My initial ideas for this painting were to have a similar scene but set in a blizzard or violent storm where the humans lives would be in danger if not for the dragons intervention. However I ultimately decided that I wanted to portray something less dramatic. We can all appreciate great acts of bravery and heroic stories but so often it is the little things that mean the most. Being safe and warm at night is so easily taken fore granted and you don't realise how important it is to you until it is taken away. I wanted to show a softer and more intelligent side to dragons, using it's own body heat and ability to create fire to keep these lost humans safe and warm for the night, rather than showing it's strength and fortitude in adversity.
This painting is primarily watercolour with some pencil and pastel accents.