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This sketch is from [personal profile] aldersprig's suburban fantasy setting, dragons next door. Ten-year-old Juniper has offered to babysit the Smith's new baby, an adorable blue hatchling...who spits up acid and needs asbestos diapers.

A young girl holds a baby blue dragon wearing an asbestos diaper

cleaned-up sketch:
A young girl holds a baby blue dragon wearing an asbestos diaper

rough sketch:
A young girl holds a baby blue dragon wearing an asbestos diaper
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Date: 2011-06-14 12:55 pm (UTC)
aldersprig: a close up of an alder leaf (Leaf)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig

Oh, it's adorable! I love the look on Juniper's face!

(I realize now I gave you all this color reference, knowing it was a black & white sketch... silly me! :-)

Date: 2011-06-14 05:28 pm (UTC)
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Silly: anybody want a peanut?)
From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Eee! So cute! This babysitting thing is clearly working out, they look so happy :D

Date: 2011-06-14 11:51 pm (UTC)
eseme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eseme
Oh my gosh, so cute!!!

I love the way her skirt is swinging around her legs, and the glimpse of the dragon toys on the bookshelf.

Date: 2011-06-17 03:49 am (UTC)
kc_obrien: A gold ballpoint pend with a black quill feather. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kc_obrien
That's adorable!!!

Date: 2011-07-07 05:24 pm (UTC)
elfling_eryn: (selphie)
From: [personal profile] elfling_eryn
this is so cute and the little wings are awesome

Date: 2011-07-07 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*head splodes from cute*

Date: 2011-07-07 06:39 pm (UTC)
meridian_rose: pen on letter background  with text  saying 'writer' (castle:shiny)
From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
So cute :D I want a baby dragon like that one :D


Date: 2011-07-08 08:13 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This is so sweet, I could spoon it into my tea.

Date: 2011-06-14 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If he's going to grow into the ears, are the ones in this picture big enough for that?

Date: 2011-06-14 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I forgot to put that into the description! *facepalm*

From "Hatching ("

Oh, eee, adorable! Such tiny little claws and teeth! And those ears!”

“They grow into the ears.”

“And the scales? You two are both such warm, fiery colors, and your baby is blue? I’ve never seen a blue dragon.”

“Darling, you’re being rude.”

“No, not at all. The blue fades after a few months into purple, and shifts to red when they’re nearly grown-up. The middle stage can be a little awkward, though.”

“Oh, you mean like Jimmy? Oh, my, I’m sorry, that was horribly rude.”

“Like Jimmy, yes. Scales peeling, shifting colors in spots. He’s nearly done with the awkward stage now.”

Date: 2011-06-14 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whups...I did read that, but I guess I missed the 'grow into'=currently oversized connection. Shouldn't be too hard to fix!

Date: 2011-06-15 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No worries, I forgot to mention it in the description, too.

Date: 2011-07-12 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Beautiful improved ears!

Love the cot detailing.

Date: 2011-08-06 07:54 am (UTC)
fadedwings: Kate and Clint mugshot comic cover (blue dark dragon)
From: [personal profile] fadedwings
So cute! Love the dragon and the look on the little girl's face.

Date: 2011-08-09 04:36 am (UTC)
wyld_dandelyon: An exuberant dandelion I painted (dandelion art)
From: [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon
Oh! This cleaned up very nicely.

I think the flagstones would look better if they had natural-looking texture rather than zigzags, but other than that, I really don't see anything else to comment on right now.

Date: 2011-08-31 08:34 pm (UTC)
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilfluff
Only become better each time. This one is... I don't know that 'crisper' is the right word but it's the only one willing to come to mind. I like it!

Date: 2011-08-31 08:50 pm (UTC)
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (truth)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig
Ooh, the wall! Lovely!


Date: 2011-09-01 06:14 am (UTC)
wyld_dandelyon: (Dandelyon in the alley)
From: [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon
These do get better every time!

Date: 2011-07-12 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cute! Looks like the little one is quite fond of Juniper.

Date: 2011-07-12 05:46 am (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
That's *adorable*.

Are they at the Smiths' house, or at Juniper's family's house? From the scale of the furniture I'd assume Juniper's family's, but would they have a crib sized for a dragon hatchling?

Date: 2011-07-13 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was thinking they were at the Smiths', but that Juniper brought her own stool since dragons probably don't have chairs... The shelf is sized for a child's room.

Date: 2011-07-13 05:11 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
How big are the adult dragons?

Date: 2011-07-13 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's a question for Aldersprig, but baby was described as about the size of a medium dog, so I'm guessing significantly larger than that.

Date: 2011-07-13 06:33 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Hmm. The story-snippets say "big", but I don't have much of a sense of scale.

Date: 2011-07-13 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me, neither :-) Um. Large or huge but not gargantuan. Maybe that long (30+feet), but only because rather sinuous. Sort of a xbreed between western and eastern dragons. (like Trex, they probably grow into the legs, too)

Date: 2011-07-13 09:06 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Hmm. Well, they appear to be small enough that if one licks a human, they can do so at least somewhat delicately, rather than a dragon's tongue being bigger than a human. And drunken James (who could plausibly be close to full size?) passed out on the lawn is small enough that a broom handle is long enough to poke him in the ribs with (from a safe-from-accidental-clawing distance? Does that make his legs not more than, say, five feet long?), while talking to him at the same time, though a long flexible dragon neck could make the latter easy. I get the impression from that scene that carrying/rolling James home was not a feasible option, though that could be more about flaming or acidic hiccups than about size. And an offering of biscuits and gravy, presumably in reasonable human-home-cook quantities, is tempting, which suggests they don't eat multiple whole cows at a sitting ...

So, is that room big enough for the adults to fit into comfortably? Is the window high enough for them to see out of? Or is the window deliberately baby-scale (perhaps in a corner of an adult-scale room)? It looks like the little fellow could fit out of the open window if he tried, though I don't know that he's that agile yet.

Baby there is decidedly not sinuous yet, especially with those whomping huge back feet, but that, too, can be grown into. :)

Date: 2011-07-13 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Now that you mention it...I did draw a 'corner' line out of habit, which I probably shouldn't have :P My original idea was that it would be an irregularly shaped room with a high ceiling, and the window is meant to be tall and narrow. The space is probably just big enough for a cozy dragon nursery. (The thought of which is making me want to draw a parent dragon curled around the crib, with baby inside ^.^) Since the previous occupants were ogres, who are probably a bit smaller than dragons, I don't think the dwelling would necessarily have been custom-sized with dragons in mind, but I imagine there's a cavernous master 'bedroom' nearby...

Date: 2011-07-13 10:04 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
The thought of which is making me want to draw a parent dragon curled around the crib, with baby inside ^.^

!!! Please?

did draw a 'corner' line out of habit

Oh, hey, that wasn't there in the first sketch, was it? And the angles of the window and the bookshelf don't really suggest that they're at right angles to each other, either, but they're both so nice and square I assumed the room was despite the clearly irregular flagstones and and wall construction.

Date: 2011-07-14 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
heehee...I'll put it on the list for when I finish my model (assuming Aldersprig doesn't mind me borrowing her characters ;) )

Yeah...the corner wasn't really supposed to be there. I'll go back and fix it when I'm done with Shine On.

Date: 2011-07-14 12:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay, logical thought! (Thank you)

I'm going to have to actually figure out scale for my dragons now. *grin* Accidental worldbuilding!

I just watched a bit of a special on TRex juveniles, and how the leg-to-body ratio changed as they got older.

Date: 2011-07-14 03:20 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
<big eyes> [ profile] meeksp can't draw the parent and child portrait she suggested if she doesn't know what the adults look like.

Date: 2011-07-14 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, then, I guess you're just going to have to help me figure out what they look like! :-D

Hrmm. What if length vs. circumference is a function of age?

Date: 2011-07-14 03:58 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Do they grow their whole lives, or do they reach some maximum size and then stop? Do they grow in stages (as with the color change(s)), with major molts in between (like poor Jimmy is going through, or wrapping up), or is it more continuous? Is adolescent Jimmy close to full size?

Could Jimmy, or one of the adults, carry Juniper, her whole family, more? In his claws or on his back? And still fly? Are their wings (and the skeletal structure they're attached to) big enough for them to fly mundanely, or is there some magic/handwaving involved in that? If they fly mundanely, they're going to need a huge breastbone/keel for the flight muscles to attach to, and it would make sense to keep everything else as light as possible -- which could work with the length/circumference changes. Where do their wings sit/attach relative to their legs? It looks like Baby's wings are no further forward than his front legs, and could be well behind them, depending on how they fold -- and if he's going to fly mundanely, his wings are going to grow a whole lot relative to the rest of him.

On the ground, do they usually walk on two legs (t-rex?) or four? Can/will they do the other, or is it impossible/undignified (if sufficiently sinuous, walking on two legs could get awkward)? If four, how do they routinely carry things around? If they're outside/have space, do they prefer to walk or fly?

... I, umm, might think about things by asking questions, which does not work for everyone. Or I could try to ask more story-oriented questions. Juniper is imagining warrior-princess-and-dragon -- does she think the "and dragon" is a fellow warrior or a faithful steed? How do they travel? Do her storybooks/imaginings usefully reflect real dragons, or is she going to run into some "but all the stories say ..." issues?

Date: 2011-07-14 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I actually work really well from questions, actually! (laughs at self... actually)

I think they grow in stages.
I think Jimmy is at, say, the middle of 5 stages (baby, child, teen, young adult, old adult).

Jimmy can carry Juniper on his back, and her dolly in his claws (not sure on that one)
Jimmy's parents could carry both of Juniper's parents on either of their backs and still fly.

They fly either mundanely or mostly-mundanely.

Perhaps they can't fly until early adolescence?

Not sure about the two/four. Thinking four, and now I'm picturing a dragon carrying a baby in its jaw like a stork.

They enjoy flying, but locomote comfortably in cities by walking.

Juniper's and-dragon fell in Telepathic Horse Who Fights when I was imagining the story. They travel by flying, and her imaginings are realistic, sometimes more than the stories, which can get a bit more fanciful.

C/P'ing this to my journal, if you don't mind.

Date: 2011-07-14 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I drew baby as more-or-less egg-shaped, if his limbs are tucked in, and assumed that dragons get bigger, longer, and more pointy(?) as they get older.

Date: 2011-07-14 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hee, reasonable!! :-)

Date: 2011-07-14 07:26 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
How alarmingly reasonable.

And now I wonder how baby snakes are arranged inside the egg. <pokes google> I am asking very well, but what I'm finding so far suggests "all curled up". I wonder how that doesn't lead to asymetrical development.

Date: 2011-07-12 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Eeeeeee! :-)

*cough* the ears are awesome! And I love the castle illustration on the crib!

And the floor! Hee! <3!

Date: 2011-07-13 01:27 am (UTC)
eseme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eseme
I noticed the castle on the cradle right away.

The bigger ears make him more adorable!

So. Darn. CUTE!

Date: 2011-08-10 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love the castle on the side of the bassinet!

Date: 2011-08-17 02:55 pm (UTC)
rowyn: (artistic)
From: [personal profile] rowyn
The books on the shelves make me wonder what books dragons read to their babies. Adorable. :)

Date: 2011-09-07 01:03 am (UTC)
eseme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eseme
Oh wow, I love that stone wall! Perfect.

It also amuses me greatly that dragons have teddy bears!

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