An image of a dragon straining purposefully to reach some delicious raspberries just beyond his reach


Summer time, especially here in Southern Michigan, means berries: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries.. We have a stand of black raspberries along one side of our back yard and I’ve added a couple of new bushes of red and yellow berries in various places this year. Hopefully they’ll thrive, as my own little dragons will routinely eat a pint of berries in one go!

I started this drawing nearly a month ago and it got lost in the crazy collision of the end of school, the beginning of summer vacation, traveling to sports meets, and visiting friends out of town. In the meantime, my painting style shifted from a line-based one to a more shaded one. I really struggled to keep the freshness of the original sketch while I worked and reworked the painting. In the end, I’m pretty happy with the results. I also think this dragon has the cutest eye I’ve drawn yet – by far, the most important factor for my older dragon baby!