Everyone knows I love dragons. One of my earliest childhood memories is of Maleficent turning into the dragon in Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, as seen through the windshield of the family car. I’m pretty sure that had an impact on me.
Did you do anything for Ingeloakastimizilian, the white dragon killed by Wulfgar?
Not to my knowledge…
It’s possible that this painting is of that dragon, though I don’t know. It was for a short story by RA Salvatore that I never had the opportunity to read:
I too love Dragons ever since my childhood and young adult life when I read the Dragonlance novels
I was wondering if you did any of the dragon covers for those novels?
I did the cover for the Omnibus Annotated Chronicles. That’s here.
I’m trying to draw a dragon headshot and I want to know if you have anything for designing scales.
It would also be better if there was a way I could learn how to imitate your dragons’ head shape, because that’s not something I’m having a lot of luck in
The best way to learn how to draw anything is to use good reference, first of all, and then draw it again and again and again. I have books full of animal anatomy, and skulls and models and toys. I was a dinosaur geek growing up (and still am), so that gets thrown in the mix too.
As to scales, I look at snakes and lizards—especially big ones like alligators and crocodiles or monitor lizards like the Komodo Dragon—but also at big animals with distinctive skin like elephants and rhinos. I prefer for my dragons to have a mixture of scale types; it keeps them interesting.
I think Maleficent was the reason why I love dragons so much too. And the movie Dragonheart. I was 8 years old. Twenty-two years later and I still have a strong love for them. I work in a bookstore and often recommend dragon books to customers and I know I will be recommending the Summer Dragon when it is released. I have the ARC and I’m loving it so far.
When your book releases and you do your book tour, I would love if you did a book signing at the bookstore in Huntington Beach in California. I will demand to work that event so I can be needy with you about dragons. C:
I’ll give that some thought. I’ll be in San Diego for the Comic Con in July; perhaps I could make a day trip up to LA for a book signing, and catch the plane home from there. It’s a possibility. An expense, but a possibility.
What’s the name of your book store?
Barnes and Noble in Huntington Beach. I’d love to meet you! And then tell you how much I love dragons.
I wish I could go to Comic Con. I’ve never been but I heard it’s hard to get tickets for. Still. If you ever did a book signing at my store, I’d demand to work the event, although I’m sure they’d put me on it, knowing how much I love dragons.
I will definitely consider that. :o)
Last year I purchased a print of yours. It was a black and white dragon with a small rabbit. I absolutely love it! I’ve looked through your site and didn’t find any similar prints. Would you have any more by any chance?
Not on my site, though there were three or four other black and white dragon drawings I did about the same time last year. I did them at the San Diego Comic Con, and had prints at DragonCon. I don’t think they ever made it onto my website. I’ll try to address that soon…
I love your work; you’re very talented. How would I go about commissioning a book cover design from you?
Write me at my email address and we can discuss it. I’ll warn you that I am being very particular about what work I take on right now, as I’m backlogged badly after launching The Summer Dragon, and I have the next book to write.
Love the art but dear sir your book was amazing!
I read it in a day but only due to no sleep.
It was just to great to put down!
Thank you for writing it and I can’t wait for the next installment!
Thank you Bob!
I’ve loved your art for years, especially your covers for the Lady Trent series and the series of D&D dragons! I only recently realised they were both done by the same artist after looking up both series as inspiration for an art assignment, I was very happy when they both led me to your website. Your art is stunning! I’ve been taking tips on how to draw dragons from your work for ages without even realising it. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on your book!
Also, did you do all the chromatic dragons from D&D, or just the red?
Thank you so much for all the joy your dragons have brought me!
I’m so sorry I didn’t respond to you earlier. a WordPress update seems to have changed my notification settings. : oP
Sam Wood did most of the work on the chromatic dragons in D&D. He designed the White, Green, Blue, and Black dragons. My only input was in changing the Blue’s horn from a waffle-cone to an actual horn-looking thing, and sexing up the horns of the black. 99% Sam’s work. Then I did the Red and the Metallics.
Dear Mr. Lockwood,
Hello! I’m a sophomore in high school, and for my art class we have to research an artist and make our own art using his/her style. I discovered your dragon art and immediately fell in love! I was wondering if you could give me any pointers on how to draw dragons as well as you do? It would truly help me out. Thank you so much and keep up the incredible work!
Hi, Emma! The way I approached dragons was to base them on real animals, so that a lot of the “figuring out” was done for me by nature. I built there legs and torsos around the anatomy of big cats, only adding a deeper chest so that wing musculature could also be accommodated. The wings are based primarily on bats’ wings, but you could look at bird anatomy too if it pleases you. The necks are very birdlike, and the heads are the place to have the most fun— I like to begin with something dinosaur-like, T-Rex especially. But you can go in almost any direction. If you want a dragon to look intelligent, hide his teeth behind lips. As to scale patterns, I prefer thick skin with plates made up variously-sized plates: smaller and more flexible around joints, thicker and even overlapping in areas where armor is important, like on the neck and forelimbs and feet. You can see that in many of my close-ups. Think about alligators or elephants or rhinos more than snakes, and you’ll be on my page. If you have a hard time drawing 3-dimensionally, try building a simple macquette to draw from— a clay sculpture to help you see the anatomy and fore-shortening.
I highly recommend this book on Animal Anatomy for all aspiring illustrators: An Atlas of Animal Anatomy For Artists, by Ellenberger, Dittrich, and Baum, from Dover Press. But see if you can find an older, used copy. I bought a second copy this year because mine has received so much “love,” but I was disappointed to see how dark the reproductions had all been printed. I’m not sure why they look so bad. Get a good-condition used copy. That said, any animal anatomy book will provide you with inspiration and knowledge. Just as with drawing people, you want to know what’s going on under the skin so you can draw it well.
Best of luck! Happy drawing!
I’m an art student writing an essay on how different artists approach the genre of fantasy and when I saw your work I knew that I had to include you as one of them. I have been looking through your work for a few days while also looking through other artists to look at and I was wondering, which of your pieces are your personal favourites and what were the inspirations for the creations and their colour palette? Thank you for anything you can reply with.
In the gallery “Other Visions,” there are three pieces which I did entirely for myself. Cerberus was done as a visual aid for my D&D group. One of them had recently changed deities, but because he was a cleric, it entailed a Geas to the doors of Hades to kill the three-headed beast. Sadly, we never got to run that encounter, because within two years of my first convention ever, World Con in Winnipeg in ’94, I accepted a position at TSR as an in-house illustrator. Right before that move, I finished Kali-Prakriti—inspired by my experiences at that convention and my steady diet of Joseph Campbell studies. I had the inspiration for War of Angels about the same time, but I didn’t get an opportunity to paint that until Bullseye Tattoos offered me a commission. They were looking for promotional posters from a number of different artists. We could paint anything we wanted, so long as it looked like a tattoo on a person’s back. I’d originally conceived that as a wall-to-wall textural piece, but putting it on someone’s back actually enhanced the story of it, suggesting the chakras, and the internal struggle we all face.
Other favorites include The Thousand Orcs, The Lone Drow, The Two Swords, The Lost Citadel, the Marie Brennan covers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 of them), and of course the cover for my own novel, The Summer Dragon. Which you totally should read. :o)
thank you this will definitely help me in my essay. I have seen lots of great things about The Summer Dragon but since I live in the UK, I’m not sure if it would be available here. I will have a look at the weekend and see if i can find it but if not i think i saw something about and audio book. Either way it should be interesting.
It is available as an eBook and on Audible, so there ought to be a way. I wish a British publisher would pick it up. Germany will buy it once Book II is out. Publishers in Russia and China have picked it up. It seems to have legs. Also, Barnes & Noble and Amazon both put it on their short list of a dozen or so books for “The Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy of the Year.”
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