by Cory Godbey
From cliffside encounters to subterranean concerts to magic tricks on sunny hills, Dragons and Other Incidents of Travel, follows a young wizard and his familiar as they traverse a wide and perilous land of dragons.
Benevolent, dreadful, cunning, or just big and sleepy, I love to draw dragons and I hope you will enjoy the result.
Dragons and Other Incidents of Travel is my 9th annual sketchbook.
This new sketchbook is, on some level, me working through thoughts on travel (in the context of dragons? I guess so, I can't begin to explain myself).
I approached the project with the goal of creating ten new pieces. While I ultimately whittled down the collection to the eight strongest ideas, they all began the same way, quick thumbnail scribbled and a digital rough.
I've talked about the digital rough before but the benefit that I find is that it allows me to think ahead to values and be sure the piece is working in that respect. Also, I enjoy planning my shapes and figures. It's one of my favorite stages in the process. I leave a lot of the elements up to the actual moment of drawing but I want a strong framework on which to build.
Do I still prefer to be at home in the quiet of my studio, fireplace crackling, and ever removing cats from my desk chairs? I sure do.
But, I've found that much like a certain Bilbo Baggins, I've also got a Tookish streak.
If you find yourself with a copy of Dragons and Other Incidents of Travel I hope that you'll enjoy it!