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Hi you all!
Today I'm starting this thread about my project called Dragons of Incense to present the idea and execution until it's complete and ready for print!
This is the first step of resurrecting an idea I had back in 2008 when I started designing dragons correlating plants and resins that we know as incense. I will design roughly 21 different dragons that each features plants and their distinctive scent and effect. This project is supposed to lead you through a very different olfactory journey whereas my own nose is my direct collaborator.
And there we go, it's back on its feet and planned thoroughly to actually make it into a book presenting all dragons in printed form. :] So, keep your eyes open!
The first dragon features the plant and incense "Styrax"
Dragons of Incense - Styrax
"Styrax: Heavy yet sweet, dark and mysterious.
It is one of the most important incenses in general.
It was devoted to the dark godess Hekate, the mistress of all witches and enchantresses and the godess of all magical and toxic plants. The shamans of the Maya have used Styrax to treat leprosy.
As an incense, Styrax repels insects and flies.
Besides that, it strengthens your self confidence and gives you positive energy and feelings.
It releases you from emotional tensions, clears out hysteria and paranoia and works harmonising against irritation and anger."
Styrax personally is one of my most favourite incenses. Its heavy sweet yet flowery scent is in strong contrast from the actual metallic look that the resin has. I've always had a fascination about incense and the beautiful atmosphere it can create. One could always find incense sticks or small floral copper bowls with resins and plants in my home. Whenever I came back from a journey, I lit charcoal and a selected mixture of herbs in a small bowl to announce my arrival. It's something I always loved doing. ;D
Having incense makes me feel creative and at home.
Dragons have always fascinated me, so the idea was to merge those two fascinations to one to find out, if my vision matches my olfaction.
Throw an eye at Styrax
Thank you so much for the support and for looking!
Have a look at the first version of Styrax of 2008 too (attached)!
Cool idea, and the new version has a lot more interesting colors, pose, dynamic composition... you've grown a lot artistically.
The new version goes straight into my inspiration folder
Thank you very much! The older version was very illuminated. I thought of burning charcoal, which had very vibrant spots and cracks at parts where the material broke up due to the heat.
Edit: I changed the colour setting more to make everything encompassing Styrax more convincing for myself.
Thank you for looking!
The 2008 version reminds me of Wayne Douglas Barlowe's dinosaurs - the way he does the scales.