Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon – White dragon assembly

Hi again.  Time to assemble the White Tiamat dragon head.   In my mind the white dragon should be more symmetrical, and maybe a bit prettier.  Still fierce, but beautiful.   Once again I started by adding the jaws to the neck.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white

As always, I use the shells from paper mache balls to build up the top of the head.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white build face

Using more paper mache shells, wadded paper, and masking tape, I added some nostrils, eye sockets and brows, and jowls.  Have I told you how much I love masking tape?  Yes, I know I have, many times.   I don’t care.  I love masking tape.  As I said in my Papier Mache Monster book, I’d marry masking tape if it was human, and I wasn’t already married.   I tend to overuse masking tape.   Then again, isn’t that what you do with things you love?

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white sculpt face

I added some horns along the brows.   Then I added some cloth mache eyelids.  I also added the cloth to other parts of the face.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white eyes

It’s time to take a look again at the official Dungeons and Dragons wallpaper.  There is variation in the different paintings, but in most of them the White dragon has this long thingy at the back of the head.  I know “thingy” isn’t the right word.  But I don’t know what else to call it.    It’s long and, in the wallpaper on the right, it has something akin to rings.   It definitely is not a horn.   Also note that, overall, the White dragon has fewer horns that the rest of the heads.  And, as I mentioned earlier, it is more symmetric.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - wallpaper white Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - Wallpaper2

So I added the long thingy.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white dragon neck

Then, using my cloth mache I added the rings and some texture.

Paper Mache Tiamat dragon -white new neck thing

Then I added scales on the neck.   For this I consulted the written description of the White dragon.   “The scales and limbs are heavy, making them seem ponderous.”  So I made them heavy and ponderous, although I’m not exactly sure what it means to have ponderous scales.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - White Dragon Scales

I added spit wads along the ridge down the center of the head…

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - White Dragon spit wads

…and in various places on the rest of the face.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - White finished side

So here is the White dragon sans paint.     It looks kind of goofy with the dark color of the spit wads.  Those of course will be minimized when the paint is added.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - White sculpted front

So here is the bottom row of the Taimat before painting.  Left to right, the Black dragon, the Red dragon, and the White dragon.

Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon - white sculpted

In case you haven’t been following, this Tiamat dragon is a commission for the Chromatic Dragon restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.

Thanks for following!  See you for the Blue dragon next.



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26 Responses to Paper Mache Tiamat Dragon – White dragon assembly

  1. Kat says:

    One can see their individual personalities coming forth!

  2. Sessela says:

    That looks amazing!

  3. Ginger Larsen says:

    It’s looking amazing!

  4. Diane S says:

    Magnificent!!! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the next post.

  5. Suz says:

    As usual, I’m totally in awe of your work, these are going to be so fantastic!..As for fire breathing, that LED you used on Maleficent sure looked good! I’m loving the build on this project, Thanks Dan! suz

  6. Matthew says:

    I only recently started reading your blog, but I’m already hooked by the artistry of your creations. Incredible! Also, would you call the “thingy” a crest?

  7. Heather T says:

    These look amazing! I love seeing the process of putting them together. Will it be difficult to transport them to the restaurant in Georgia?

    • Thanks Heather. Yes, they will be a real pain to ship. I will ship each head separately in a custom container. I’ve often said that making the container is as much work as making the project.

  8. Lori says:

    Each one really does have their own unique features and personality. Quite incredible.
    I think the thingy is a gobbly goop. Yeah, that’s it. On second thought it probably is a thingy.
    Any estimate on the weight of this when you get it all done?

  9. Ti Lay says:

    I know you use Fimo clay for the teeth but I just discovered that you can use false fingernails and trim them into the shape of teeth and they work very well with paper or cloth mache. The cheapest ones work very well.

  10. Amy says:

    Wonderful as always. The eyes are beautiful. Poor old whites are considered stupid by dragon standards so that’s probably what the ponderous comment is about. Can’t wait for the blue good luck xxx

  11. Leslie Jones says:

    I’m entranced with the effect of the cloth mache details – genius!

  12. Stella says:

    You know, I wonder whether the thing on the back of its head is a little like the frill on a triceratops’ head, but a different shape. Regardless of what it’s meant to be, what you’ve done looks great.

    • Thanks Stella! I think it does work. And it’s consistent with the wallpaper, so people in the restaurant will recognize it. In particular paint will make this look good. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. ZaKaRiA says:

    I like your art thanks 4 giving me the passion to do this amazing master pee

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