Sunday, August 06, 2006


Capture- Sometimes what you capture you must eventually let go as Kate discovers here with her baby dragon. "Kate was not prepared to let him go just yet." Artists notes: (as always please double-click for detail)This was drawn in graphite then inked over. I added colour on the computer and detailed with coloured pencil and oil pencils. Not sure what the big yellow "cat-like" guy is. Maybe a lioness. I got a little carried away with the vine on the left. If you have an idea for a dragon name (besides "Figment") please let me know. I plan on working more with Kate and her mis-adventures!

Upon researching Baby Dragons I came across this interesting article:
Pickled dragon mystery January 29, 2004

Canned ... pickled dragon thought to be made for a hoax. To see the creature go here:
Essays and Effluvia Another article can be found here:

Anyway here's the jist of the story...
A pickled "dragon" that looks as if it might once have flown around Harry Potter's Hogwarts has been found in a garage in Oxfordshire, England.

The baby dragon, in a sealed jar, was discovered with a metal tin containing paperwork in old-fashioned German of the 1890s.

Allistair Mitchell, who was asked to investigate the dragon by a friend, David Hart, who discovered it in his garage, speculates that German scientists may have attempted to use the dragon to hoax their English counterparts at the end of the 19th century, when rivalry between the countries was intense.

"At the time, scientists were the equivalent of today's pop stars. It would have been a great propaganda coup for the Germans if it had come off," Mr Mitchell said.

"I've shown the photos to someone from Oxford University and he thought it was amazing. Obviously he could not say if it was real and wanted to do a biopsy."

The documents suggest that the Natural History Museum turned the dragon away, possibly because they suspected it was a trick, and sent it to be destroyed. But it appears a porter intercepted the jar and took it home. The papers suggest the porter may have been Frederick Hart - David Hart's grandfather.

Mr Mitchell said: "The dragon is flawless, from the tiny teeth to the umbilical cord. It could be made from indiarubber, because Germany was the world's leading manufacturer of it at the time, or it could be made of wax. It has to be fake. No one has ever proved scientifically that dragons exist. But everyone who sees it immediately asks, 'Is it real?"'

Some scientists believe that dragons, though the product of imagination, were inspired by the extraordinary creatures that once roamed the Earth.

As J.K.Rowling's alter ego Hermione Granger once suggested, legends have a basis in fact.

The Telegraph, London


Amy Zaleski said...

This is fun, Ellen. I wonder, where will the dragon go now?

ValGalArt said...

This is awesome Ellen! I love this idea and I have dealt with this issue of capture and letting go! I feel a little sad for the girl! This article was fascinating! Loved it!!!

Ginger*:)* said...

This loveable dragon is sure to come back and save the day in some future illustration.
Great article.... would that it be true!

Linda said...

sweet touching illo, i like how all the animals look like they sympathize with her.

The Unknown said...

I feel Kate's pain. Giving up those tiny critters is the hardest.
What about Quirt for a little dragon name??

Twisselman said...

This is a great illustration. I really like the ones that tell stories... as is true with the 'clean' post below.

Lu*** said...

je,je I love your illo, very cute! :)

carla said...

What a sweeet little dragon! I'd want to keep it too! And what a kooky story!

Loni said...

Ellen, this is one of my favorites of yours! I love the colors you chose. Love the lizard and frog at her feet too! Good character design and capturing the mood. Thank you for the nice comment on my blog too!

Natura said...

Lovely little dragon. Very cute scene :)

Lee said...

wow, great dragon story I've never heard that one...sweet illustration ellen, you know I always love your drawings!

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