Well, I wanted to ease back into weekly posting, but I finally went to see How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World last weekend! And when I went looking for artwork to share, I found so many amazing images, and it was so hard to pick just a couple… so here we go! First up is Celtic Night Light Furies by American deviantartist Kristen Hall, posting as MonocerosArts. You can see more of her amazing art in her gallery, at her Redbubble shop, and more places linked at her blog.
The third and final installment of the HTTYD franchise by DreamWorks Animation, loosely based on the books by Cressida Cowell, I knew I was in for lots of tears as the story of Hiccup and Toothless drew to a close, which is why I put off seeing it for so long. But it was totally worth it, and the animation was beautiful, as always, especially the sequence that begins with this scene — this is Follow Me to the Waterfall by American deviantartist Aartcritique. There’s more art in her gallery, and she’s also writing a cat book series called Wildcat that I hope to read some day!
As you can see, I’m featuring Toothless and his new companion, the white dragon Astrid dubs the “Light Fury” (but honestly, I kind of like Hiccup’s ‘Bright Fury’ better, don’t you?) and since she was all over the trailers, I don’t consider her a spoiler. This next one is so cute, called Two Love Lizards by deviantartist yinmorii. Her gallery is filled with cats and Pokemon, so of course you should go check it out. 🙂
I love this next piece, it’s just a very cool use of the space and once again, so cute. One of my favorite lines from the movie comes when Hiccup is trying to explain the Light Fury to Fishlegs so he can draw a reference card, but he keeps getting it wrong — Hiccup eventually sighs and tells him to “just trace your Toothless card and make her white.” ^_^; Here is Somewhere Out There by Filipino deviantartist Jaisen, posting as Nightheartsong. See more in her lovely gallery.
I was super excited to see that one of my favorites, Russian professional artist Alvia Alcedo, was also a HTTYD fan — talk about cute overload! This piece is called Cuddles, but she’s got lots more HTTYD 3 art including some amazing sculptures, and you can see even more fantastic dragon art, sculptures, and jewelry in her gallery. She’s also on Etsy, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and lots more places, so go follow her somewhere!
Here’s one last (before the spoilers!) beautifully illustrated scene called Will We Meet Again? (Night Version) by German deviantartist LeffiesArt. She actually did a Day Version of this same image that you should totally check out, and I think it really captures the tension that comes from poor Toothless not being able to reliably fly on his own (due to his injured tail) to follow this new, fascinating female. Leffie has a gorgeous gallery, and you can also follow her on Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
The last three images I wanted to share include a major spoiler for the end of the movie, so I’ll just give you some warning before I post them… I found this adorable spoiler image on Instagram, although I couldn’t track down the original creator, sorry!
What would you expect when two dragons fall in love? Wel, when you cross a Night Fury with a Light Fury, apparently you get adorable baby dragons called Nightlights — and yes, that’s their canonical name! *SQUEE*
So here’s the first Night Lights by American professional artist Jennette Brown, posting as sugarpoultry. According to her profile, Jennette was at Salt Lake FanX this weekend, and she’ll be showing off her art at even more cons over the summer, including San Diego International Comic-Con! Check of more of her fantastic work in her gallery as well as her official website, Tumblr, Etsy shop, and ArtStation!
Some people in the HTTYD fandom have said they expected the offspring of a black dragon and a white dragon to be grey, which would also have been cool, but as you can see, they’re either black with white patches, or white with black patches. I don’t think they’ve confirmed what the sexes of the babies are, but two have green eyes and one has blue, which could be an indication.
Anyway, next here’s the whole family done in plush by Mexican professional artist Piquipauparro, and you can get a closer look at the babies by themselves here. The adults are 11.5″ (~29 cm) long and the babies are scaled to 6.5″ (~16.5 cm) long. This artist and crafter is crazy talented, so be sure to check out more in her gallery and follow her on Facebook.
And if you’re feeling crafty yourself, you can even purchase the pattern to create this whole family of Furies for only £26.21 at her Etsy shop! She notes these patterns are for “Advanced Beginners,” and that “Some knowledge of hand sewing is recommended” — and I’m seriously considering ordering my own! She has these for sale individually too, and other patterns as well, so make sure you stop by her shop!
And finally, here’s the cutest scene yet (and that’s saying something, with this post!) called Flying Lessons by German deviantartist RaidesArt. I highly recommend clicking on the title and seeing the full-sized image yourself, because the expressions on the proud parents are just perfect, and the Nightlights are adorable! I’m always blown away by the galleries of the artists I feature, but you definitely have to see more of Raides’ work here, and then follow them all over, including Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.
Okay then! It’s come down to the wire once again, but I’ll have this up and posted before midnight Saturday, so I’ve succeeded in posting two weeks in a row again, woohoo! ^_^; I’m looking forward to being back with new posts every week, especially since I’m sad to be missing the April AtoZ Challenge this year, boo. But hey, there’s always next year, right?
Technically, my dear readers, I owe you a Writing Thoughts or some other long-form post next week, and I’ve got a few in the pipeline, but we’ll see if I can get any of them finished on time. But there will be something new coming at you next week no matter what, I promise you, so be sure to stay tuned!
If you haven’t seen How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World yet, I can’t recommend it enough, so make sure you check it out. It’s so far one of the highest grossing films of 2019, and it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray on May 21, 2019, and will be available on Digital HD from Amazon Video and iTunes on April 30, 2019.
Thank you as always for reading, take care, and stay creative!
+ Celtic Night Light Furies by Kristen Hall, posting as MonocerosArts
+ Follow Me to the Waterfall by Aartcritique
+ Two Love Lizards by yinmorii
+ Somewhere Out There by Nightheartsong
+ Cuddles by Alvia Alcedo
+ Will We Meet Again? (Night Version) by LeffiesArt
+ Hidden World spoiler image from Instagram
+ Night Lights by Jennette Brown, posting as sugarpoultry
+ P1010896 copy (whole family of plush Furies) by Piquipauparro
+ Flying Lessons by RaidesArt