I have a friend who knows more about dragons than anyone else I know. I wouldn't say my friend is obsessed, but that my friend has a persistent interest in the subject. Over the course of numerous discussions in the last decade my mental image of a dragon has expanded from a large fire-breathing lizard to a general category applied to creatures both fantastic and real. These discussions opened my mind to the possibilities of dragons yet to be imagined with demeanors as vast as those found in human beings. I created these illustrations based on those discussions and gave the original drawings to my friend.
A scary red iron dragon confronts an unexpected visitor before fleeing into the night The large red dragon to the left is a herbivore that prefers to live in areas rich in iron ore deposits. It sleeps during the day and comes out at night to daintily browse on tree branches. It returns every morning to the same location to sleep and would appear to any observer as a pile of discarded ore pilings. Due to the dragon’s enormous weight the wings are purely vestigial in nature and function as a camouflaging element during the day. The dragon’s cautious nature makes it very unlikely that you will ever see one in the wild and it will choose to remain asleep rather than risk any confrontation. In the few instances where these dragons have been encountered their instinctive attempts to scare the intruder and flee are easily interpreted as aggression. The dragon has no call, but it will often use a loud exhale of breath to scare the intruder. This breath has been described as having a strong turpentine scent and can result in a sensation of vertigo. Such confrontations are rare and fleeting so they are easily dismissed as tricks of the mind or hallucinations.
A scary red iron dragon confronts an unexpected visitor before fleeing into the night The Lucky Haitian Dragon is a small green and coral creature. It is found only on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antillean archipelago. Its range is mostly within the Hispaniolan dry forests, but has been spotted on rare occasions in the areas surrounding its native habitat. To the casual observer the bright coloration and small size make it easy to miss identify this dragon as a bird. The dragon is believed to be an opportunistic omnivore and has been seen feeding on fruits, nuts, insects, and on rare occasions small birds. Its call seems to be a collection of mimicked clicks, chirps, and whistles that it borrows from its surroundings.