Fan Art Up! (8) – A Natural History of Dragons & Tough Traveling

June 5, 2014 Art it Up! 14

Love to doodle, paint, craft or just you know – CREATE?

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Fan Art Up! is a weekly meme hosted by Tabitha @ Not Yet Read. It is dedicated to showcasing our Fan Art and doodles inspired by entertainment media, whether it’s Books, Movies, Anime, Comics, etc. Break out those dusty art supplies!

Rules for participating can be found on the Fan Art Up! main page


This week’s art was inspired by the A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS by Marie Brennan

A Natural History of Dragons | Currently reading – Review coming soon! | Goodreads

A few weeks ago I started listening to A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS on audio and around that same time found out about a contest that the author Marie was holding on her blog. The contest was to design your own dragon, rather like an encyclopedia entry that would fit into the world of her books. The winners would receive an ARC of the newest not yet released book as well as their dragon being featured in a future book. Coolest contest ever right? Sadly I didn’t win but I wanted to share my entry with you guys.  Here is the dragon I created! Can you tell that I love dragons yet?

Whistlskrych (whistle-scritch):

Otherwise known as the Red King Whistler, is native to East Asiana. These reptilian cranes resemble the rare Red Crowned Crane in flight as well as coloration, having a smooth white scaled body, black stain-tipped wings and red head marking. The staining on their wingtips and talons appears when they are past adolescence and performing their own kills. The blood of their preferred food source, the splink-eel, has an inking effect on the smaller scales surrounding their talons.  This dragon derives the whistle in its name from its spine feathers, which make a distinctive scree like whistling sound when aerial diving at high velocity. This sound is the only warning animals of prey receive before an attack. In addition, their mating calls sound like melodies set to a steam whistle. Once native to coastlines, they have decreased in natural size and now make their homes in the watery marshes. Growing in size between 2-3 meters in height, they live in small clusters, and hatch eggs once every 13 years. Attempted capture of this breed is not advised as isolating one is near impossible and the entire flock will attack as a whole if a single one is threatened. (Tabitha’s entry into contest)

A Natural History of Dragons



Alright folks link up and lets see what you’ve done! Remember to link back to this post!

Also be sure to enter my EREADER GIVEAWAY – I’ve updated the rules so if you already own a Ereader you can have the option to win that value of books instead!



Hosted by Nathan @ Fantasy Review Barn

Each Thursday, our copy of ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

Today’s Tour Topic is…Invisible College

Invisible College is used for training WIZARDS and usually occupies a prim site in some major CITY… (Nathan broadened the topic to include any magical school this week)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers StoneHarry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – this one is so obvious, what other hidden school for wizards is more famous than Hogwarts?

Discworld series by Terry Pratchett – the wizards in their tower and their many attempts to kill eachother. Loads of laughs and fun. Unseen Academicals

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani – another middle grade fiction book, so much magic in this age range.

The School for Good and Evil


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When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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14 Responses to “Fan Art Up! (8) – A Natural History of Dragons & Tough Traveling”

  1. lynnsbooks

    Harry Potter and Name of the Wind were bound to be really popular. I found a few more schools – but they weren’t magical – boo!
    I love that cover for the School for Good and Evil.
    Lovely dragon picture. You should give it colour!
    Lynn 😀
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Well if you are looking specifically for dragon books then I can totally suggest a few! If you prefer YA then Seraphina is a great one and fairly recent. If you’re more into adult then my favorite series with dragons is the Deathgate cycle series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman the first book is called Dragon Wing. Its older fantasy but amazing.

      I’m so glad to hear you liked A Natural History of Dragons. I am still listening to it on audio right now and totally savoring it.
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  2. Daenielle

    My sketch is not good. 🙁 I love dragons, other mythical creatures and anything book that have school of wizardry.

    By the way. Have you heard this school (which is real)Grey School of Wizardry specializing in occult magic? They have houses like HP.