- A LARGE RED DRAGON, CURLED UP SLEEPING
- TWO CHARACTERS, MOST LIKELY CHILDREN, ONE CARRYING A TORCH, THE OTHER POINTING OUT OF THE IMAGE, AWAY FROM THE DRAGON.
- LOTS OF GOLD COINS AND OTHER TREASURE BEING GUARDED BY THE DRAGON.
- A CHAIR/THRONE IS ALSO BEING GUARDED BY THE DRAGON
- STACKS OF WEAPONS
- ALL LOCATED IN A CAVE
What is it saying?
The two children have entered the cave and discovered a sleeping dragon, that is guarding a mass of gold. The dragon is also protecting a large chair/throne which might indicate it belongs to his master or former ruler that owned the gold.There are piles of weapons around the dragon, which might indicate previous failed attempts to get the treasure.
Work our the narrative and identify the story
I believe this is a children’s adventure story and is telling us of two children that have entered a dark cave and stopped suddenly when they see the large red dragon, curled up and sleeping in the corner of the cave. It may have been intentional to find the dragon and treasure or it could be that this is something they have stumbled on. The light of the torch that one of them is carrying is lighting up the cave – this child seems curious to see more of the cave and has pushed her arm forward holding the torch so she can see more of the weapons and treasure. The non torch holding child seems not keen to be in the cave and is indicating to leave by pointing to the exit, or back the way they came in. The piles of weapons could indicate that others have known about the treasure and the dragon guarding it so have come prepared, even if they ultimately fail to get the treasure – this means the unprotected children are in danger which adds an ‘uh-oh’ to the tension in the image.
Describe the palette and tonal range which has been used. Note if the colours are hot or cold, whether the elements are detailed or textural and where these approaches are used.
The image is full of bright and vivid colours, almost a little gairy in its amount of contrasting colour use. The hot colour of red is used for the dragon and the light on the cave wall from the torch, which indicates danger and warning and heat/fire means your eyes are immediately drawn to it.