Monday, May 13, 2013

Dragoncraft: Bones and Ink - Treasures from a Dragon's Hoard

“We men dream dreams, we work magic, we do good, we do evil. The dragons do not dream. They are dreams. They do not work magic: it is their substance, their being. They do not do; they are.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore

Such can be said for Fox's dear Dragon. The Internet is not his thing; blogging and networking via this electronic medium is a vexing task for my grumpy one, so he mostly leaves it to his Fox.  But outside the computerized world, he does plenty else. He takes care of his Fox, and our little dragonette, as best as he is able. And somehow amongst all that, he finds time to create. So let me celebrate him:

The Birth of Something New and Drippy: Dragon's Inklings. Feed them your hopes, your dreams, your wishes and prayers, and they'll work themselves to the bone to help them come true!

Dragon hand-carves and hand-paints bone in much the same manner and much the same techniques Fox uses to create her own bone and antler pieces. Only, he creates little wish-creatures instead of jewelry. No machinery was used; these are shaped and carved with nothing but a pocketknife, a craft knife, and some detail files. They are painted with India Ink and a fine-tip brush, and much patience and care. Have I mentioned, his hands are magic?

Now I must admit, this post is a bit of a tease; There will be 4 (I believe) more Limited Edition Deer Bone Inklings, made from deadfall deer bones rescued from an ignominious ending in a ditch. These are Dragon's current project, along with some clay versions of the Inklings. These will be available for purchase (wink wink nudge nudge). Stay tuned for more on those, but for now, let me show you what I am describing:

Thanks to Magaly (recipient of the #1 Limited Edition Deer Bone Inkling named Moe), I have got some lovely pix to share. If you'd like to see what she wrote about him, look no further than Ink, Art, Books, and Bones. The Moe-specific portion is the third picture down from top.


  1. Something "new and drippy" I like that description.

    My dear Moe Inkling Guerrero (have you noticed that his name keeps on getting longer and longer?) has a leave in his mouth. I wanted to ask something special so I figured bone and tree (via the leaf) would be a very powerful medium. I'll tell you how it went...

    P.S. Tell Dragon that Harry Dresden is looking for his duster ;-D

    1. Bone and tree... I'm sure Moe will use the extra oomph to good effect.

      And his initials now spell out MIG. Hehehe...


    2. Its a trench coat, not a duster, so myeh! ~Dragon

    3. I'm sure you just disguised it, Dragon. Harry is sooo going to get you ;-D

      It looks good, by the way.

    4. That Pansy!? Tell him to find a real wizard(or a dozen) then try! lol~Dragon