Painting artwork for Dragon Red

This video follows up the video about rough sketches in the video that you can see below. In this video I’m drawing the final artwork for Dragon Red on to Seawhite Heavy Cartridge paper and then painting it with Winsor and Newton Neutral Tint watercolour (link below) to create a greyscale image for my black and white book, Dragon Red, which is the final part of my Dragon Trilogy.

If you want to see even more of this painting and get even more chat, visit my patron channel to see the extra videos. http://www.patreon.com/shoorayner

The paper is Seawhite’s Heavy Cartridge
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The Dragon Gold Trilogy

Dragon Red, the final part of the Dragon Gold Trilogy is at the printers and is due out on the 1st March – not long to go!

Firefly Press have made this great poster for it for the Year of Legends 2017 – a wonderful Promotion that is underway in Wales this year.

If you have read the first two books, then you will know that Ryan’s dad was on the prowl at the end of Dragon White.

What new damage can he do and how is it all linked to Harri and Tân’s destiny?

Will the two dragons, Tân & Draca face each other again or will the North Wales Police Force put an end to things first?

It’s so exciting… and I know what happens!



Trump and the Arts

Photo: TonyTheTiger

Those who only understand cost, profit and loss don’t often find it hard to understand the concept of value.

President Trump is intending to take away the National Endowment for the Arts. A fund that supports arts organisations around the USA, many of them tiny organisations that will have to close without support.

I’m sure The President’s billionaire pals will not be digging into their pockets to make up the difference with their spare change. They wouldn’t want to be seen as the hated elite, after all.

Those who spend their days counting money, don’t seem understand that the arts are far from elitist,ain fact they are the very foundations of industry and finance.

Everything that is made or built is thanks to human imagination. A lump of iron is of not much use without the imagination of the artist who fashions it into a sword, a steel girder for a Trump building or and iPhone. It is the financier who then helps to bring the idea to the world. A profiteer just exploits the idea to make money and move on.

Nothing exists, but that it first appeared as a thought in someone’s head. Technical training can teach you how to manifest that idea, but only the arts can expand the horizons of the mind, making it open to new ideas upon which the rest of the world can build.

President Trump loves everything covered in gold, but who does he think designs the patterns and shapes of his buildings? Who does he think imagines the building in the first place? Fairies?

All the gilded fanciness that he loves so much, all the fancy clothes that Melania wears – they all came out of the minds of people that went to art school, went to see plays and art exhibitions have spent years studying the arts to get to the point where they can create the stuff  the Trump Empire loves and has built it’s reputation on.

Without the Arts, Trump Tower would just be a pile of bricks and without the the arts providing the foundations, the Trump Empire would soon come tumbling down.