Painting with the Fox #7 (and a weird mini exposition of my thoughts about Cressida Cowell’s writing)

As I recently said, I’m rereading the How To Train Your Dragon series and let me tell you, I’m truly obsessed with it. I even decided to take a break and read something else (The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, for that matter) and I just. can’t. do it. After the deep immersion in Cressida Cowell’s writing it is simply impossible for me to just jump into something else.

She is what I would call a true Storyteller. She starts with a seemingly innocent first book and keeps entertaining you with what appears to be a collection of fun little children’s stories, and you only realize how not-so-innocent everything is after you are way too deep into it. She distracts you with those cute and funny looking drawings and the next thing you know is you’re totally trapped into a net of awesomeness she’s woven all over around you.

By “you” I mean “me”, of course. (I can’t really speak for anyone else)

Anyway, what I really wanted to say (I got a bit carried away with my fangirling here) is that only now I started to pay close attention to Cowell’s drawings (keeping in mind I read this stuff at least twice over the last seven years).

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The character introduction from How to be a pirate (that’s the edition I own)

And by close attention I mean from an artist’s point of view.

I decided I like Cressida Cowell even more, because her child-like illustrations complement the books in a way another style of illustration might have not, and though it seems something easy to make I don’t really think it is.

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Really inspiring, isn’t it?

Well, as I previously stated, I’m obsessed. In drawing matters it means I’ve been sketching HTTYD-like dragons all over the place. For now, I’ve only gotten around painting two of them.


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This is my version of Stormfly switching to lying mode. Those who read the books know what I’m talking about.



This is a random dragon I felt like painting in this style.

This post could’ve had fewer words and more watercolor related pictures , but I love books (the How To Train Your Dragon series being right at the top) and I love talking about them, so I regret nothing.

foxhead   Greetings from the Fox ∞


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