Introduction 1 Chapter One Dragon Art of How do I use this book in my artwork? 3 Chapter Two Basic Dragon Traits or What does a dragon do when it's not fighting heroes? 11 Chapter Three General Description of the Breeds or Who's who in the dragon world? 17 Worm 17 Sea Serpent 18 Lindworm 18 Drake 19 Hydra 19 Winged Worm 20 Wyvern 20 Dragon or Western Dragon 21 Fairy Dragon 22 Fantasy Dragon 22 Chapter Four Oriental Dragons or Why do I need to count toes? 23 General Mythology 24 Physical Attributes 24 Eastern or Western 24 Species of Eastern Dragon 24 Eastern Dragon Patterns 25 Chapter Five Basic Anatomy or What's inside the dragon that lets it move? 27 Mammal-Styled Body 28 Reptile-Styled Bodies 29 General Skeletal Structures 30 Wing Structures 33 Chapter Six Adding Ornamentation or How do I give a dragon a face lift? 35 The Dragon's Skull 35 Horns, Crests, Teeth and More 37 Fire-Breathing Dragons 39 Chapter Seven Scale Work or How do I keep my dragon from looking like a fish? 43 Scaling, Feathers, Reptile Skin and Colored Patterns 43 Scale Grid Work 44 Chapter Eight Creating Test Patterns or How many dragons can I make from one design? 49 Basic Dragon Pattern 49 Sample Patterns 50 Chapter Nine Dragon Lore or Who are the most famous dragons of all time? 53 Virgin Hands 53 Draco 54 Hercules and the Hydra 54 The Lambton Worm 55 The Chapel Roof 56 The Ladon Serpent 57 Siegfried, Regin and Fafnir 57 Beowulf and the Fire Dragon 58 St. George and the Dragon 58 The Yorkshire Dragon 60 Chapter Ten: Dragon Patterns 61
Lora S. Irish is an internationally known artist and author, whose acclaimed books include Great Book of Carving Patterns, Great Book of Celtic Patterns, Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Great Book of Tattoo Designs, The Official Vampire Artist's Handbook, Relief Carving Wood Spirits, World Wildlife Patterns for the Scroll Saw, and many more. Fox Chapel Publishing has sold more than 500,000 copies of Irish's books. Lora is also a frequent contributor to Woodcarving Illustrated and to Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts magazines.