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Intarsia Dragon with Cross in Maple by xofox Intarsia Dragon with Cross in Maple by xofox
I got this commission a couple of weeks ago for a group of missionaries working with some Bhutanese refugees living in Dallas. I've hung out with them a few times when I've been in the Dallas area, and our church sends a free clinic about three times a year that I'm attached to. And it must be said, they are some pretty cool people with stories that seem more like books than real life (spending decades in refugee camps; getting kicked out of their home country at gunpoint; it's crazy how much different life can be).

Anyway the free clinic is going down there again in a week and I was asked to make a piece of art for the Bhutanese church there.
The dragon is based on Druk, the Thunder Dragon and symbol of Bhutan posed with a cross in the same general pose as the traditional lamb symbol. Behind it, a mountain meant to vaguely resemble the higher peak of Mount Everest, a reference to the time that most of the refugee community spent in Nepali camps. (Or just to their general Himalayan homes. Although you'd be surprised, when some of them have visited us in the panhandle steppes of Texas and Rocky foothills in New Mexico we've been told that the highland prairies are more like home than the mountains.)

I'm...eh...I'm satisfied with this piece. Now it's not fancy intarsia done with different species of wood because I didn't know how it would turn out, having never done it before, and I didn't want to waste my remaining padauk and yellowheart before finding out that I suck at it. Instead this is done entirely in different stains of maple, including the frame, which was much more trouble than it was worth. :pissed: It also fit together better before I started gluing, which annoys me to no end. But some of the angles got put off by, you know, half a degree while I was gluing the tail and by the time it mattered when gaps began appearing in the whiskers and lower cross they were too dry to shift safely. Oh well, c'est la vie am I right?

You can see a WIP gallery here or an expanded gallery of the finished product with some close-up here.


Anyway this style was new and interesting; I might try it again some day. Carving in perspective is fun! I don't have to draw all my designs like a cubist with legs the same length from different perspectives. =D
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YFish Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So much cooler than the lamb-with-a-cross. The colors are wonderful!
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xofox Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D glad you like it
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MalDudemaker Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really interesting piece of art, well executed; nice story behind the commission too. This shows me another side to your talents, hope you do try something like this again in the future! :thumbsup:
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YoshiRingo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful. True work of art right there.
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xofox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks, i think I have more like it coming up soon. :)
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YoshiRingo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome
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dancressman Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Photographer
Darned awesome! I really like how that all fits together. The overlap adds a lot to this piece.

Plus, he has a mustache that Steven Magnet would be proud of! ;)
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xofox Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, he does at that.:)
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13ghostEz Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist
is he holding snow balls?
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xofox Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, that is what they look like, even on the flag. :D But no, they are "orb shaped jewels meant to represent wealth."
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13ghostEz Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist
AH, i see. that makes since.
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SpiritofthwWolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely love this! If I had a little more money I'd definitely commission you again for something like this!
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xofox Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it. :)
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Faehl Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So simplistic, elegant and the colours strike out very well. There are a lot of art gallery shops in some areas of the city, I'll pause on my walks and have a look when new pieces catch my eye. I would have absolutely stopped for this. They'll love it! This kind of style would absolutely be worth trying again one day. :)
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xofox Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to come up with a good subject to work with next time I try. :)
I'm glad to know you like it; new mediums (submediums?) are so fun to try out.
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Netikras01 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
That is a beautiful piece of art you have made. It is interesting how your work is related to your experiences with other people. I find this piece interesting because it appeared to me more that just what it seemed, even before I have read the description.
It truly is an amazing art piece, it is beautiful.
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xofox Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks; that's really nice of you to say. :D
They really are some cool people (and their diners are killer!).
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xofox Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*dinners
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Fundz64 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!
I still say you should start your own wood-carving business!
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xofox Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*sigh*
I would so love that.
In another time; in another life...
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Fundz64 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dreams are meant to made a reality!

sleep on that! ;)
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quila111 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That is so cool looking! I really love the details put in, and the colour of that red wood! ; w ;
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xofox Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it; it was definitely a new sort of project.
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jjm239 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
St. George's dragon?
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xofox Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, the Himalayan upgrade...
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