Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon – Red Dragon assembly

Hi all.  Back to the Tiamat hydra for the Chromatic Dragon restaurant.   I’ve established the relative positions of all the heads.   I know what I want as far as the look and attitude of each dragon head.  So now it’s time to build each head.    I left off on the last post with the beginning of the red dragon.  I’d added the all important long horns.   I’ll pick up from there.

As you can see, I used paper mache shells to build up the face.  Here I’m adding some jowls.  I’ve already added some brows, a cheekbones, and put in the eyes.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red add jowls

The red dragon is characterized as very aggressive.   The Dungeons and Dragons literature describes, “Two of the frills on the sides of a red dragon’s head aid in its hearing ability.”  It goes on the say that they are not actually ears.  They just assist the inner ear of the dragon.   Fair enough.  I added the structure for these frills.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red ear structure

I draped these with cloth.   When dry I trimmed them them the way I wanted.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red ear webbing

I built the nose using more paper mache shells.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red nose

I added the cloth mache to this.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red dragon nose Paper mache tiamat dragon -nose

Then I started adding horns.  Lots of horns.  All over the head horns.  Horns for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.    I added cloth mache around them.  I also added lips and a few other details.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red horns on face

I also added the breast plates using my cloth mache.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red breast plates

Then I added eyelids.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white dragon eyes

After that I added the scales, up the neck, and onto the top of the head and the nose.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red scales

Here he is from the side, ready for paint.  That will come after I build the other four heads.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red done1

Here he is from the front.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -red head on

I’ll show you another head in the next post.  Thanks for stopping by!



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44 Responses to Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon – Red Dragon assembly

  1. Pennie says:


  2. I love the wonderful level of detail. Thanks for sharing your progress.

  3. glofirebug says:

    Gorgeous as usual!! Just amazing the work you do. Absolutely love it!! Keep up the magnificent work!!!

  4. Kat says:

    Loving everything on the Red so far. I kept scrolling back to look at his eyes. He looks like one nasty dragon but his eyes look knowledgeable. Like he is watching your moves, thinking while he is watching. Simply put… well done!

  5. D. L. Cook says:

    They just keep getting better an better, Dan!!! Can’t wait to see the others!!! 🙂

  6. Carol says:

    Each photo he looks so good then you add something that makes him even better! So much personality there, he’s absolutely stunning. Look forward to the paint job.

  7. I do appreciate that, and know that I am trying with my grandson, also do a little dragon, we are working together ha ha ha! It is the largest party, but he (my grandson) starts getting impacirente with the delay. Ah!I had never done anything in papier-mâché. Best wishes and much success in your activities. Direct from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    Eu é que agradeço, e saiba que estou tentando junto com meu neto, fazer também, um dragãozinho, estamos trabalhando juntos rs rs rs ! É a maior festa, mas ele (meu neto) começa a ficar impacirente com a demora. Ah! Nunca havia feito nada em papel maché. Um grande abraço e muito sucesso em tuas atividades. Direto do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

  8. Lori says:

    Wow! Better every time. How can this be? Your posts always make my day.

  9. I love your work! So inspiring! I too want to thank you for sharing the progress of work…

  10. Amy says:

    Oh gods that looks amazing!! Best part is seeing them come to life piece by piece. Can’t wait for the black and green. Awesome work as always xxx

  11. Dave White says:

    Well done Dan it’s coming on and looking great.

  12. Lynnetta says:


  13. Leslie Jones says:

    Thank you sooo much for sharing your process, it is wonderful to see the dragons “come to life” under your hands! Love it and “ditto” all the other comments.

  14. Rick says:


  15. Grumpmeister Fink says:

    He looks kind of happy from the front, but angry from all other sides. I’m amazed at the detail and attitude of this piece too, at this stage it is one of my favorite dragons of your’s. Hope you re enjoying the making of the piece!

  16. Stella says:

    Wow! He’s amazing. I really love his facial expression and the way you’ve done the horns.

  17. Ralph says:

    My God man you are truly an artist, love this dragon with the horn on the nose.

  18. pandora rosebud says:

    totally amazing. I made another purple/blue with gold dragon mask. I sold it this last weekend at kc renn faire. A young women bought it. she loved it. I still have the green one I sent you the picture of. I have a red one started and have in my head another white and fur dragon. I do face painting too. This year my daughter-in-law joined me. We decided to look at some tattoo books for idea’s. We found one with line drawings and then same drawing with shading. all black and white. There were a whole lot of different dragon drawings. I love your work and the way you have made the horns look so twisted like bone. too cool. I do love the scales on the head of the one dragon. They are wonderful, beautiful and amazing. claudia

    • Hi Claudia. Sounds like you are having some fun! That’s great! Yes, there is a lot of great dragon art to look at. I’m glad you like my Tiamat so far. Thanks for stopping by.

  19. Ralph says:

    Are you giving the customer WIP pics or is it going to be a complete surprise?

  20. Daniela says:

    Hola, soy de argentina, yo quiero saber como prepara s la tela mache que tela usas y el prepararado para que se pegue. Estoy haciendo un deagon y mr gusta los detalles que da la tela mache, Gracias .

    • Hola Daniella. No estoy seguro de entender la pregunta. ¿Quieres saber cómo me preparo la tela? Acabo de romperla en tiras y luego lo mojará en el pegamento blanco. Eso es todo.
      Buena suerte

  21. Grumpmeister Fink says:

    Hi dan, when you wrap the base of a horn in cloth, do you usually fold the cloth before you wrap the horn, or do you just wrap the horn with an unfolded piece of cloth? I’m looking forward to the next project of yours!

    • Hey Grumpmeister. I do both depending upon the look I want. Sometimes I want the horn clearly defined as separate from the dragon. Rolling the cloth helps with that, like having a tooth with gums. Right now I’m making Smaug, and for that I wanted the horns to look like an outgrowth of the face. In that case I don’t roll the cloth so that it blends into the horn.

  22. Grumpmeister Fink says:

    Thanks, that really helps! I’m sure that Smaug is going to turn out great, and hopefully he is more fun to build than the dragonfly. Keep up the great effort and continue making amazing art!

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