I was asked by a man who lives in France to make a dragon trophy of “Maleficent”, the dragon from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”. The first photos below are what I was supposed to use as a guide. He wanted a trophy that was as close a rendition of the cartoon as possible, including the lights. You would think that the simple lines would make this an easy task. But it wasn’t easy at all. It was quite a challenge, which I relished. I wanted to make the dragon that the cartoon would be based upon. But I couldn’t improvise very much without straying too far from the original drawings. And the lights were even a bigger challenge. Obviously I couldn’t get lights that would blast out of the mouth, eyes, and nose exactly like the cartoon. And the dragon had to look decent when the lights were turned off.
I ended up using a dillion, well a half a dillion little, green l.e.d. lights. There is a place to put AA batteries in the back of the trophy when it’s off the wall. The lights are controlled by 4 small switches behind the ears. I think they worked very well, don’t you think?
Here she is!
From the side.
Here she is without the lights on.
I’m very proud of these eyes. I used glass, taxidermy elephant eyes. I used a grinder to grind off almost all of the paint. I just fashioned a couple of slits for dragon pupils. That made them kind of frosted so you can’t see the l.e.d. lights behind them when the lights are off. And they look fine in contrast with the black and blue colors of the dragon. When the lights are on you just see the green lights and the pupils.
This is me and the dragon. (I’m the one on the right.) Just wanted to give you a sense of scale. This is as big as I could make it and still ship it to France.
NOTE: I have to amend this post because of the unbelievable interest it has generated. It seems to have spread far and wide through Facebook and other websites. I’m just blown away by the response. Thank you to everyone who has left a post. I have had a dozen or more serious requests to purchase this dragon or another just like it along with many inquiries about the price. So I just have to say that this is a unique piece. Any time I make a commission I guarantee that it will be unique, that I won’t make a duplicate for someone else. Don’t get me wrong, because of this response, I have several ideas of other strong lined, horned dragons with or without the lighted effects. They won’t be Maleficent, but they might possibly be better. Maybe I’ll make a couple and post them to see what you think. For what it’s worth, I sold this piece for $2000 plus shipping. These projects are very labor intensive. I spend a lot of time and effort on each one. I can only make a few commissions a year because of that. And I have my own projects to attend to.
PS. And don’t forget that you can make a dragon trophy too! I have always been about showing people how to do these techniques. It’s just a matter of how badly you want something, right? Watch my videos, follow this blog, and/or buy my books and give it shot! Thousands of people have already made their own dragons.
PSS. If you got here from one of the other blogs that picked up Maleficent, check out some of my other dragons and projects like my Dark Butterfly. Thanks for stopping by!