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Deer-Dragon Hybrid: Summer

Rounding out the four seasons of deer-dragon hybrids, here's summer! My inspiration was sand, sea, sky, and sun. She's colored the bright blue of a deep, cloudless sky, and her sea spray wings are curled to represent breaking waves. Her horns are the warm, golden yellow of sand, and she bears a sun of her own, held between her horns.

Haha, perhaps a little less deer-like than the others in this set, as her horns have really drifted away from antlers. I struggled a bit with this piece - I have much more difficulty in summing up the concept of summer than the other seasons. I think you can kind of see that in my elemental spirits series too. I do like the choice of blue this time around - definitely sets this piece apart from the others. Fun fact: I was going to mount the sun gem on her chest at first, but then I got the idea to pin it between her horns. I think it was the better choice - gives her a bit of an Egyptian flair, which I like.

Crafted from colored, oven-bake polymer clay and a piece of dichroic glass.

The other seasonal hybrids
Deer-Dragon Hybrid: Spring by HowManyDragonsDeer-Dragon Hybrid: Autumn by HowManyDragonsDeer-Dragon Hybrid: Winter by HowManyDragons

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Swifty52's avatar
I love the wings!
Scaly-heart's avatar
Very nice I like her little "sun" :D
DarkCreature999799's avatar
It kinda reminds me of Loki
HowManyDragons's avatar
Because of the horns?
Candle-stic's avatar
Yeah Summer is a hard one to capture. Though I must say, while not completely recognisable at first, your use of the beach theme for Summer is absolutely ingenious. This one reminds me a bit more of a horse than a deer, I think pronouncing the antlers a bit more would have helped. But I love the wings, sunstone and colours :).
StellaStarfish's avatar
Ooh!! I've never seen summer depicted as blue before... That is such a cool idea, and she totally reminds me of the beach, too! Oh how cool!
HowManyDragons's avatar
I may have gone to the beach the weekend before making this. It was on my mind... ^^
StellaStarfish's avatar
Ahh so the truth comes out... ;)
kenyastarflight's avatar
I thought the Summer dragon would be green too, but the blue is very fitting!  :)  And I love how you've made the wings and hornds so unique in all four dragons.  What a lovely set.  I almost want the whole set for myself, hee.
craftygirl563's avatar
i love that it is so original ^^ most people see summer as red or green or pink. i like that you took to a water type design with a nice extra bit of gold ^^
HowManyDragons's avatar
Thank you! The last time I did a seasonal set, I went with warm/fiery colors, but I thought it ended up looking too similar to fall. I wanted to try something different this time around, so I decided to get a bit beachy. :)
craftygirl563's avatar
well i think it looks awesome ^^ keep up the good work
Asukki-chan's avatar
Regardless, this is enchantingly beautiful. Almost makes me pine for the summer days in these blizzardly conditions.

Nice work!
HowManyDragons's avatar
Ahhh, at least summer will come around again. :)
Asukki-chan's avatar
That much is true. :hug:
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