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The Original Mother of Dragons by MMHudson The Original Mother of Dragons by MMHudson
Pern fans will recognize Sorka Hanrahan, the rider of the first Queen dragon, Faranth, as well as her bronze fire-lizard, Duke. (And a few other lizards for good measure!)

After receiving a sufficient number of notes, I'm returning to Pern. It wasn't an easy decision, and I did quite a bit of research regarding fair-use laws and copyright, since I want to do this right and be as law-abiding as possible. I'll be posting more later, but to sum it up: for time-related and aforementioned copyright reasons, I've decided to do a series of SHORT excerpts of my favorite scenes in Anne McCaffrey's Pern books. Naturally, fair use laws preclude any payment, so to be absolutely clear on this, I will NOT be accepting any commissions for the foreseeable future, or any payment of any kind. Any Pern-related fan art I post is absolutely free, and please share/download/make changes as you'd like. As far as I'm concerned, this is purely for fun and personal skill-building.

So far, I'm planning to start with the fateful mating flight of Brekke's Wirenth, but anyone with any recommendations or suggestions for other favorite scenes please send me a note. If I get enough voices in agreement, that will really help me prioritize what to develop next.

It should also be said that (as per my usual) I'm neck-deep in about a dozen different projects, so I can't commit yet to a steady production schedule. I'll do my best, and I really, really appreciate the encouragement I've received from the Pern fan community. Thank you so much for all your kinds words, you guys. I hope I can do well by you.
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Dianna-Art Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely work, love the fire-lizards!
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PersephoneNightfury Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2018  Student Writer
I actually liked the spade tail and the forked tail. But you can do the spade tail as usual, I don't mind.
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PersephoneNightfury Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2018  Student Writer
You think you can do the start of Pern where the dragons were first created from genetic engineering and Ramoth's hatching? I would live to see it.
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
2018 was such a trainwreck of a year that it didn't leave me much time for anything other than survival, but I like the idea of getting back to some Pern stuff, and Dragonsdawn would be a great challenge for me personally given that I don't draw much sci-fi or tech.  :)
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PersephoneNightfury Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2019  Student Writer
Well, I would really appreciate it if you did the full scene of Ramoth's hatching and her first clutch with Prideth's egg.
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Have you ever seen the graphic novel adaptation of Dragonflight that came out back in the 90s? Oh my goodness, I must have read that a thousand times as a kid. Probably one of my biggest creative inspirations! I wonder if I could do it justice now that I'm an adult, lol
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PersephoneNightfury Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2019  Student Writer
No I haven't. I was born in 2002. I never even knew there was a graphic novel adaptation. But thanks for telling me about it.
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
You are killing me! I could literally be your mom, I graduated high school in 2002! Cry run 
Looks like you can still get a hardcover copy for $30 on amazon though
www.amazon.com/Dragonflight-Gr…
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PersephoneNightfury Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019  Student Writer
You know, I found another graphic novel of Dragonflight on Amazon one too. I saw both and I really like both of them, the one I saw yesterday after I seen your last chat is a painted one and its a lot cheaper than the one for 30 bucks, there is a new one and free shipping for only $17, you should look at this one if you want too www.amazon.com/Dragonflight-Bo…
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
That's the first volume, the graphic novel has all three. But I totally agree, it's a great one to start with and honestly I like the art better. They changed artists for the 2nd and 3rd volumes and I know I'm picky but I just felt the quality wasn't as impressive. Plus, if memory serves, the first volume is the one with Ramoth's Impression, the 2nd has her mating flight and first hatching, and the 3rd is when they bring the other Weyrs forward in time.  <3
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PersephoneNightfury Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019  Student Writer
You can even let me know on that you feel about it.
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mcgamer1207 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Ok I loved how to train your Dragon movie and never ending story...this makes me love dragons more...
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Those are great movies! And you've got good timing, I'm working on the final page of The Impression right now, and planning so do some fun coloring pages and other scenes in the future!  :D
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greendragon22 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Wow, I love the lighting in this piece! And the anatomy of Faranth and the firelizards is beautifully drawn!
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Heart 
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Brekke17 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Lovely and very well done. I love the way the 'fingers' flow into the wingsails. The translucent quality of the often described 'delicate' wings is also a nice touch!

My only quibble would be with the spade tail instead of the fork. But that is simply opinion rather than criticism. 
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And yes, several people had commented on the tail--it's just a personal preference. Though I think in some of the tutorial stuff I'll be doing, I'll try the fork-tail and see how I like it.  :D (Big Grin) 
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Yotsuya-sama Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are amazing. You have nailed her dragons in a way no one else has. You have mixed the slightly too cute ones form The Dragonlovers Guide to Pern and Dragonholder with the Whelan ones in just the right combination to nail the way I have always pictured them.
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, this may be one of my all-time favorite compliments ever. Thank you so much! Heart Love 
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SF01 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Vertebrates are tetrapods, not hexapods.
The wings are just evolved upper limbs, not additional 3rd pair of limbs.
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Ira-Dracona Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Plus if you actually read the books you would know that all Pernese 'vertebrates' have six limbs. Just the way they evolved on a completely different planet. Doesn't seem unreasonable to me despite Zoology being my studied subject.
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If we were speaking about real, actual, living animals, I would agree with you wholeheartedly... but this is fantasy, and I'm following the Pern cannon for the depiction of McCaffrey's dragons, so I'm afraid it's all quite immune to logic.
But thank you for checking it out. Wink/Razz 
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Braendyn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Your work is amazing! I'm so excited to find this. You've seriously made my day.
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! That's a wonderful thing to hear (so I guess you just made my day too!) Heart
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Braendyn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist
:D
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great Faranth! ...literally.
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha! :squee: 
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool piece!!
(Love those chubby firelizards!!) ;)
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! Heart 
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tibetador Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
This is astounding and absolutely beautiful. I love your take on Pernese dragons, I've always preferred the spade tail, myself.
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, thank you so much!! :happybounce:
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KittySib Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!:D
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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Karenita1982 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
awesome!!!!
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!Heart 
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Karenita1982 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
You're welcome
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ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE this!  I second a try at Master Harper Robinton...love him :-). Also Lessa and F'lar would be lovely.  I must say Faranth is beautiful.
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
I only hope I can do Robinton justice (not to mention Lessa and F'lar!)
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ManorasFlame Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome :-). I'm sure the challenge will be a fun one to take on :-)
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Eirabeth Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
This is absolutely beautiful.  I am so, SO excited to see some fantastically well-done CANON Pern art!  Mind if I post a link at the Meeting of Minds Anne McCaffrey forum?  I think they'll appreciate it!

Also, if you're thinking of who to do in the future: ROBINTON.  Dear god I would kill to see a proper, well-done Masterharper Robinton that's not the Robin Wood version, or the Brom version. (As nice as those versions are!)  

Also, Menolly.  And Piemur.  And...actually, I think I'll love anything 9th Pass. :)

~~ D. M. Domini (archiveofourown.org/users/dmdo… )
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Please, share it anywhere you'd like. The whole reason I started doing this was for the fans, so if you know of anyone you think would enjoy it then please do pass it along. I don't even need to be credited for it or anything--this is purely for the enjoyment of the fan-base to take it and make of it what they want.

I'm so nervous about trying to do Robinton justice! How do you visually capture the essence of such a wonderful character?! It may be the biggest challenge of all; I think I'd better start working on his character sketches right away!

And thank you for your kind words! :happybounce: Heart  
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Eirabeth Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
I shared it here: forums.srellim.org/showthread.…

Regarding Robinton--believe me, I was VERY hesitant to start writing Robinton in fanfic, so I totally get how you feel.  But I found when I just relaxed and tried my best, it came out ok.  Or at least, nobody's come after me with poison in the night.

(YET!)

Hehe.
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!

Yeah, I've started a few tentative character development sketches and I'm feeling better about being able to capture something close to his essence. I just needed to find the right model for a photo reference to give me a general idea of the "look" I wanted to go for. So hard to convey such a complex personality. I'll post something soon--just so busy around here this week. My daughter turns 2 today, so everything else got shoved to the sidelines...

Well, here's hoping nobody poisons either of us for our feeble attempts!
And thanks for sharing it, I'm glad to see so many people enjoy it! Heart 
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Kirtemor Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate to pooint this out, but the in book description of th dragons is that they have a froked tail, not a spade. Other than that and what someone else has already pointed out, Its a great pic. Love it. 
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I remember reading that--this is mostly the bias of my own personal preference. (Which I conveniently justify by pointing to the illustrations in A Dragonlover's Guide to Pern, etc., which consistently showed the spade tails in spite of the description present in the books).

But you're definitely correct, and I'll keep that in mind. If I get consistent feedback on it then I'll just have to bite the bullet and make the change in upcoming pages.
And thank you so much for the comment and the fav!  Heart :happybounce: 
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Kirtemor Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its not a problem, just the difference between the artist at the timme and the author's description. Still a good pic. Please check out my pern stuff in my gallery here and let me know what you think.
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome stuff! Especially some of the action. I might refer to your work for some ideas with poses for flight formation if you don't mind?
Beautifully rendered! Clap 
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Kirtemor Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go for it! I enjoy know I have inspired someone. Keep me apprised as to how its working out. 
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MMHudson Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Will do! Thanks!
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Farael-Hikari Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Thank you for this. Good Pern art is always a good thing to stumble upon. :heart:
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