Great Book of Dragon Patterns
The Ultimate Design Sourcebook for Artists and Craftspeople
by Lora S. Irish

215 x 280mm

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing, PA, USA


ISBN 978-1-56523-231-0

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Extract from back cover of book:

Create your own dragon art from more than 100 patterns.

Dragons have captured the imaginations of artists for eons. Images of the beasts appear in the earliest myths, on the armor of medieval knights, and in today's popular culture. Here, in this updated and improved second edition, dragon aficionado and artist Lora S. Irish shares tips and techniques for creating your own fantastic renderings of man's favorite foe.

Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished artist, you'll find a treasure trove of ideas for dragon art in any medium:
Woodworkers: scroll saw, intarsia, relief carving, marquetry, pyrography and more
Fabric Artists: quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, fabric painting, silk screening and more
Illustrators: Oil, watercolor, tole painting, airbrush, pen and ink and more

Or the medium of your choice! Computer graphics, paper cutting, body art, etching, stained glass and more

Inside, you'll find examples of how other talented artists have incorporated dragons into their work, plus a complete history of dragon lore. You'll learn about the various dragon breeds, their anatomy, ornamentation and scales. This is followed by page after page of more than 100 dragon patterns.

Photos: Colour and black and white line patterns



Chapter One
Dragon Art or How do I use this book in my artwork

Chapter Two
Basic Dragon Traits or What does a dragon do when it's not fighting heroes!

Chapter Three
General Description of the Breeds or Who's who in the dragon world?

- Worm
- Sea Serpent
- Lindworm
- Drake
- Hydra
- Winged Worm
- Wyvern
- Dragon or Western Dragon
- Fairy Dragon
- Fantasy Dragon

Chapter Four
Oriental Dragons or Why do I need to count toes

- General Mythology
- Physical Attributes
- Eastern or Western-
- Species of Eastern Dragon
- Eastern Dragon Patterns

Chapter Five
Basic Anatomy or What's inside the dragon that lets it move

- Mammal-Styled Body
- Reptile-Styled Bodies
- General Skeletal Structures
- Wing Structures

Chapter Six
Adding Ornamentation or How do I give a dragon a face lift!

- The Dragon's Skull
- Fire-Breathing Dragons
- Choosing Ornamentations

Chapter Seven
Scale Work or How do I keep my dragon from looking like a fish!

- Scaling
- Scale Grid Work

Chapter Eight
Creating Test Patterns or How many dragons can I make from one design?

- Basic Dragon Pattern
- Sample Patterns

Chapter Nine
Dragon Lore or Who are the most famous dragons of all time?

- Virgin Hands
- Draco.
- Hercules and the Hydra.
- The Lambton Worm
- Indian Worms
- The Chapel Roof
- The Ladon Serpent
- Siegfried, Regin and Fafnir
- Beowulf and the Fire Dragon................................................
- St. George and the Dragon
- The Yorkshire Dragon

Chapter Ten
Dragon Patterns