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Sandra Staple
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Sandra Staple was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she now lives with her husband, Jason, daughter, Chloe, and son, Logan. Her mother is a local artist, so Sandra has been drawing and painting since she was a young girl, earning distinctions in English and art in high school.

She graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a major in computing and information systems, and a minor in creative writing. After graduating, Sandra worked as a business and systems analyst for 17 years before deciding to leave the corporate world to focus on her art.

In 2008 Sandra published her first book, "Drawing Dragons" which has been the #1 best seller in the Teen/Mythology section on Amazon.com for almost two years now (2016-2018). This first book is 150 pages long and focuses on drawing in graphite pencil, including steps on shading dragons. It also includes a 16 page color insert done in colored pencil.

In early 2018 Sandra finished her second book, "Drawing Fantastic Dragons" which teaches drawing dragons in colored pencil, including several steps on how to color and finish each tutorial.

Both can be bought as a stand alone book, or as a set, as no artwork was repeated between the two books.

Sandra has also managed a very popular personal web gallery of her art since university, at www.canadiandragon.com.

When not drawing or spending time with her family and friends, Sandra can
usually be found working in her gardens or elbow deep in her fish tank.

Tools of the Trade
Graphite Pencil, Colored Pencil, Watercolor
Other Interests
Gardening, Fish Keeping, Role Playing
Happy Holidays everyone! Hope everyone is getting to enjoy some time with family and friends, and staying warm if you live somewhere cold like I do!
Well my new book is finally released and available for purchase, hurray!  Got my copies- it's nice to hold an actual copy in my hands after months of waiting! Very pleased with the printing quality! 
It feels really weird having "Professional Artist" at the top of my profile as I don't really draw for a living...except that I sort of do now, as I did exactly that for my two books, and quit my old job as a Business Analyst (after 17 years!) to do ...

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GooseyTheDragonHobbyist Traditional Artist

I got your "Drawing Fantastic Dragons" for Christmas yesterday! I drew a cool dragon from it.

canadiandragonProfessional Traditional Artist

That's great! Sorry I missed this message! I hope you are enjoying it!

WrenkensteinStudent General Artist
Happened to be looking around groups and by chance I found your page after recognizing one of your pieces! I had your Drawing Dragons book way back when I was 11 and I adored it!! :> It made me really happy to find you on here as well!!
Thank you so much for publishing your work and inspiring me <33 
canadiandragonProfessional Traditional Artist
Haha that's awesome! I am on here but much more active on Instagram (and Facebook a bit as well) you can find me there @SandraStaple if you're on there as well! 

Glad you enjoyed my first book- I just published a second on last summer!  :)
MBT808Hobbyist General Artist
Your dragons look really good and thanks for the watch.
Iron-EdHobbyist General Artist
Hi Sandra!  Thank you for the watch!  You are now on my watch-list too!  :-)
Songbird56Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi I'm just getting around to this but thank you for the watch! I love your dragons :3