Wednesday, September 12, 2012


By Jesper Ejsing
Wrath of Ashardalon 

"I love to do dragons". My main thing is beasts and monsters. The over exaggerated anatomy is fun to fool around with, and the way it goes over the top of realism appeals to me.

But dragons... They are the top of the pops within the world of monsters. They've got the brute force of a troll and the cunning of a wizard. They've got everything the other monsters have got, but combined into one fierce bad-ass opponent.

Which is also why I take it very seriously when having to portrait one.

Actually I think it is pretty hard. You have to capture the animal anatomy of a lizard but it still needs to have elements of a thinking being, like facial expressions and posture - some dragons have both wings and arms. So the difficulty is, that my dragons often becomes too lizard-like or too humanoid.

Actually I think it is super hard to do a REALLY good dragon. "Come to think of it, I hate doing dragons"

...but I have painted a lot of them. I think of them as a T-rex morphed with a seagull, for how it moves. I did that in the Dragon Magazine illustration and I think it made for a great showing of how a dragon looks when in motion.


  1. Being in the gaming community for a while now, I can say that you've made quite the impact on that industry, especially with your dragons. Many of them have a strong classical look, while others push the boundaries a lot.

    Please do (even) more, when you get the chance! ;-)

  2. You are the Dragon Lord! Keep'em coming!

  3. I certainly agree that as cool as dragons are, they are deceptively hard to draw. A good dragon designer is a rare thing and I love the spikey and toothy look of your dragons.

  4. Wow. I agree with Jose, Jesper, you *are* the Dragon Lord! Simply breathtaking!

  5. That's an awesome piece! I love the sense of you movement you achieved with the swirling tail and wings.

  6. I've never seen a two-faced in one face dragon before! That is one awesome dragon! He's just going to fly straight out of that painting at me any minute now!

  7. "T-rex morphed w/ a seagull " - that is an awesome visual.

  8. Your dragon is definitely like a Boss! Awesome classic big red and love the sinister facial features.

  9. I am prety sure you had a giant Trex head hanging on your wall, that alone is way beyond cool and one can see it's influence on your art- your dragons alone can make a grown up man leave everything behind and buy an mmorpg \m/ Hail to the Dragon Lord!