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Smaugust 2017 #10 The Kirin is Born by HeatherHitchman Smaugust 2017 #10 The Kirin is Born by HeatherHitchman
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? WHAT IS #smaugust2017  ?
For the month of August 2017 I created one of a kind dragon drawings all month long! Its called #smaugust , a monthly themed challenge to celebrate and engage with the online fantasy art community. Specifically, I explored and expanded the lore of dragons within my own IP, a magical world called "Terratoff"

 STORY:
"The Kirin came to be thanks to one dragon's selfless sacrifice.
Once there was a herd of unicorn under attack by an army of "The Rotten", terrifying creatures infected with a magical plague. The unicorns were cornered and outnumbered, their deaths a sealed fate. But just as the Rotten lunged to attack, out from the trees a young dragon swooped in to the unicorn's aid! With a mighty roar and a burst of flames she ignited the attackers with her breath. But despite her bravery and power, it was not enough to win the day. Stunned but not deterred, the Rotten regrouped. Just before they smothered her, the dragon commanded the unicorns to flee, and flee they did. 

A few hours later, the unicorns returned to thank their rescuer but only bones remained. Heartbroken, they searched for her home to see if she had any family to tell of her sacrifice. Inside the dragon's cave they found a single orphaned dragon egg. 

The unicorns took the egg under their charge vowing to protect the unborn child forever. Before it hatched, the leader blessed the egg with her horn, unsure of what the outcome would be. When they egg finally hatched a new creature was born! "The Kirin", both dragon and unicorn became the first creature of its kind. To this day Terratoffian's regard the Kirin as a symbol of friendship and new beginnings."

! THE PROCESS !
My process includes several steps. First, the sketch is drawn softly with colored graphite to draft the idea. Next I add colored pencils to add dimension and define the lines. Lastly, charcoal colored graphite is drawn on top to tighten and clean the drawing as well as add detail. The colored sketch remains intact and subtly visible beneath the charcoal color of the final drawing. This process captures not just the final illustration, but also preserves the method and experience of creating it.

Colored and Charcoal colored Graphite on Moleskine

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MORE #SMAUGUST

Smaugust 2017 #5 The Cuddle by HeatherHitchman Smaugust 2017 #2 The Flying Lesson by HeatherHitchman Smaugust 2017 #4 Rotten Armor Dragon of Conquest by HeatherHitchman Smaugust 2017 #3 Happy Birthday by HeatherHitchman Smaugust 2017 #6 Beach Baby by HeatherHitchman Smaugust 2017 #1 Dragon Lantern2 by HeatherHitchman
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Graupe Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017
Wow, I love your story of how the Kirin came into being...and how it explains why it's so...well...dragon-like, and is yet a unicorn. Awesome idea! And your work is great, just so dreamy, in a way...
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed the story ^^
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Graupe Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017
It's truly enchanting! And makes just so much sense! That's awesome!
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
<3 <3 <3
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Graupe Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017
Heart Huggle! 
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SweetieGamerG3 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  New Deviant
Its so ky0Ot how chu do dat?
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Lots of practice :-)
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JIMBO8472 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's awesome! :)
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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CharlesCCDesign Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Nice
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank! ^^
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SilverDreamCat Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
Sooo cute and adorable!
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much ^^
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FeynaSkydancer Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love kirins! And the one here is simply adorable! la in love 
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! <3
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
too cute
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
your welcome
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