I was trying to figure out if I had borrowed a book from my mom, or if I had it on my bookcase. I was peering at my bookcase, pretty sure that I didn’t have it, when this phrase crossed my mind:
“Dragons may not have much real use for all their wealth, but they know it to an ounce as a rule, especially after long possession; and Smaug was no exception.” – The Hobbit
And I’m exactly the same way with books! I know them all, and if one goes missing, I notice at once.
Which led to an amusing attempt to draw a dragon that hordes books.
Attempt 1: a dragon kind of tumbled half-off a bookcase, reading and almost laying on its head:
Kind of awkward, but amusing.
Attempt 2: Just a more general pose.
Nice, but boring.
Attempt 3: A snakey dragon all wound around stacks of books.
Eh, still not quite what I had in mind.
I’m not the only person to draw similar things, though.
Valamadarace by Kerembeyit
Sphinx’s Day Off by Sandara
The glorious art achieved by people who can spend hours and hours on a painting. Sigh.