4.15.2006

Illustration Friday: Phobia

I've always thought Komodo Dragons were pretty cool, but, as with most reptiles, I was deathly afraid of them. All that changed as I watched one hunt and tree the Crocodile Hunter, who explained that they're beautiful dinosaurs who were not to be feared, but respected. They can be managed when you understand how their minds work. Now I have all kinds of respect for them, and my fear is downgraded from paralyzing to manageable. Thanks , Steve-O!

15 comments:

S.T. Lewis said...

I love this, Adrian. Even the background is awesome. He looks a little giddy for something that trees crocodile hunters. Man, you're good.

Ken Chandler said...

I saw that episode. I thought the 'crocodile hunters' career was over. That Komodo had a hungry look in his eye, the kind I get when there's a medium-well steak within a Kilometer of me. Thanks for the reminder, and for the sketch. It's beautiful!

Adrian Ropp said...

Thanks for the comments, fellas! I had a lot of fun designing this fella, though I doubt his anatomy would hold up to scrutiny.

Shane - He's not giddy, he's drunk on power.

Ken - The best part of that episode was when Steve Irwin cut his leg and realized the dragon was smelling the blood. Genius!

Tyler (characters N' sketches) said...

fun expression on his face!!!...
ohh and who doesn't want a comodo dragon!! hahaha

Jason said...

I saw that episode, dude! Every time the dragon would go for Irwin, I'd instinctivly cover my family jewels. If I had money, I'd build a mansion with a "Komodo Dragon" style moat to keep out the undesirables. Nicely done, he's got great personality. Keep it up.

Jeff Y. Sterling said...

Nice! I love the colors.

Good stuff

Jeff Young-Sterling

Afroman said...

That's a really cool Komodo dragon!

steve said...

Thinking back I can remember an old episode of Jonny Quest that featured Komodo Dragons as watch dogs. I luved that show ! Heavy dark lines and inky shadows. The Venture Brothers evokes a similiar atmosphere when they satarize that oldie but goodie.

Kewl Komodo BTW !

stevePoisonPencil

*DeB* said...

what a lovely monster!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Absolutely a beautiful drawing! Awesome colors.

Doug said...

cool dragon.... love the underbite!

Michelle Lana said...

nice dragon! love it.

mrs. b. said...

spooky eyes! well done! the orange really sets him!

Don said...

Very good character style! Lots of personality. Don't bother about the anatomical scrutiny, it's a cartoon for goodness sake! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Love the design and colors. Sweet.