Koi Dragon

A new piece for the tail end of summer -with temperatures like these, I'd love to take a dip in a cool hidden pool!

A small boy visits with a magical koi dragon in a hidden pool. Thousands of koi fish spiral and swirl in the cool watery depths below, weaving around the dragon's flowing tail. What are they speaking of? Why do golden koi leap from the boy's bowl?

This piece was inspired by the idea of a hidden pool deep in an Eastern forest. I wanted the contrast of warm sunlight as well as cool shade. The dragon evolved as the work progressed to arrive at the very koi-inspired design below. I also added numerous actual koi fish around this point to give a better sense of balance and context for the Dragon. I also created many custom  brushes for moss, vines, lily pads, and koi fish as I was making this.