The year is 2012 and you’re sitting at the school library, reading yet another book about dragons. You’ve always read, and it has always been fantastic tales that caught your attention. You’ve always been drawing dragons; with big wings, fire-breathing, sharp claws. You’ve also drawn small dragons, more lizards than dinosaurs. They’ve been in all kinds of colours, often from a certain environment or natural element. Water dragons, fire dragons, mountain dragons, dragons hiding in forests, ice dragons. You found inspiration in picture books, online, and in all kinds of cultures and legends. You’ve been drawing dragons from the time you could hold a pencil, and they haven’t left you since.
That has been my reality since kindergarten and there’s been more than enough dragons to choose from. Here is a collection of the best dragons I’ve drawn; the need to categorize them by elements and habitats never left. Some of these dragons are created out of my own head, some has been brought to life by tv and books, and some has been greatly inspired by the illustrations in Gerrie McCall’s book of Dragons – the same book I read that time in the school library.